• Subaru Levorg unveiled

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    D1---Levorg-620151229New ‘tourer’ comes with cavernous cargo area, turbocharged boxer engine

    Motor Image Pilipinas Inc. (MIPI), the official distributor of Subaru in the Philippines, launched the new Levorg “tourer” on December 15 at the Capitol Commons Garden Park in Pasig City.

    As reported earlier, the car’s name is an amalgam of “LEgacy,” “ReVOlution” and “TouRinG.” Although it is essentially a stretched Impreza hatchback, the Levorg succeeds the old Legacy Wagon, with the raised Outback serving as the sole estate variant of the current Legacy line-up.

    170-hp turbo boxer engine
    Unlike the Impreza and the Legacy, the Levorg is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, direct-injection flat-four engine producing 168 horsepower and 250 Newton-meters of torque. This is connected to a continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

    This compares well with its front-wheel-drive main rivals, which include the larger Mazda6 Sports Wagon, powered by a 2.5-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, direct-injection, Skyactiv inline-four producing 184 horsepower and 251 Nm of torque, and the smaller Peugeot 308 SW, powered by a 1.6-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, common-rail-direct-injection, inline-4 HDi turbodiesel that produces 120 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque.

    Motor Image Pilipinas marketing executive Ann Santibanez told Fast Times that there are no plans yet to bring in a variant with the 290-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged boxer engine from the WRX. This powerplant is currently available on Japanese-market only Levorgs.

    Motor Image executives headed by Glenn Tan (center) pose by the new Levorg during the launch.

    Motor Image executives headed by Glenn Tan (center) pose by the new Levorg during the launch.

    Looks like a WRX wagon
    The WRX connection does live on in the styling. From the hexagonal grill, to the subtle front spoiler to the huge hood scoo p for the intercooler, the Levorg looks more upmarket than its rally-bred sibling because of the additional chrome trim.

    Down the side, it’s like a WRX that you could carry furniture in with its equally subtle side skirt and swooping design line over the rear wheel arches. However, the back of the Levorg resembles the Outback because of its small roof spoiler, large taillights, chrome tailgate trim and black lower cladding.

    522-liter cargo area, high-beam assist
    Anyone who’s ever driven an XV (which is really a jacked-up Impreza hatchback) will find the Levorg’s interior very familiar. The hooded multi-function display tops the dashboard and below are the seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity and further down still are the swtiches for the dual-zone climate control. Even the clear gauges and the button-filled, multi-function steering wheel make a comeback here.

    The Levorg’s biggest selling point will be its carrying capacity, with Subaru claiming 522 liters with the 60:40 split-folding rear seats upright. This is not as big as the 660-liter cargo bay of the 308 SW, but is slightly bigger than the 506 liters of the Mazda6 Sports Wagon.

    For now, the Levorg will only be sold in the high-specification GT-S variant worth P1.718 million. Notable standard equipment include LED headlights, front, front-side, knee and curtain airbags, ISOFIX child-restraint anchors, a rear parking camera, push-button engine start, cruise control, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, voice command function, Idling Stop System, Vehicle Dynamics Control and Active Torque Vectoring. The GT-S also comes standard with the Advance Package, which includes high-beam assist, rear cross-traffic detection, lane-change assist and blind-spot detection.

    The Levorg’s P1.718 price is below the competitively specified Mazda and just above the less-equipped Peugeot. Although Fast Times reported in October that a less expensive GT model will be coming to the Philippines soon after the GT-S, Santibanez said a date has not yet been set for that.

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