The 2020 Subaru Liberty has been revealed at the Chicago Auto Show, ushering in the seventh generation of Subaru’s medium sedan.
Sold overseas as the 2020 Subaru Legacy, the Liberty migrates to the same Subaru Global Architecture, which underpins the Impreza, Forester and Ascent crossover. Next year, the WRX is also expected to be added to that list.
New for 2020 is a phone app for Subaru’s Starlink system, that allows you to turn the engine on via smartphone and adjust the climate settings. A new direct-injection boxer engine develops 135kW, while fans of the sweet, sonorous flat-six will have to kiss that engine goodbye in favour of a new 2.4-litre turbocharged unit- shared with the Ascent. It develops 190kW and 376Nm. This move means that Toyota and Holden are the only combatants in the segment who offer the choice of V6 power.
The main focus of the interior is surely the large 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment screen, which is supplemented by secondary controls, neatly arranged around it. Subaru says the new Liberty has the most legroom of any Liberty before, thanks to increased dimensions.
Subaru’s EyeSight system now adds additional features to monitor driver attention levels, as well as the usual suite of cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control, with automatic lane keeping. We’ll keep you posted as more details come to hand, including Australian launch schedule.
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