2015 Subaru Legacy Concept is low, wide, and not production-ready

Subaru has big things planned for next week’s 2013 LA Auto Show. In addition to the redesigned 2015 WRX, the Japanese automaker will unveil the 2015 Legacy Concept, which previews the next version of its midsize sedan.

Like the WRX concept unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the Legacy is low and wide, with a coupe-like roofline and muscular wheel arches. The slim “hawk-eye” headlights and vertical side intakes add a bit more aggression, which is repeated at the back with plenty of surface sculpting around the equally minimal taillights.

That radical WRX concept morphed into a production car that is (almost certainly) a modified Impreza, so we’re not sure how much of the 2015 Legacy Concept’s styling will make it to the production version. That low roofline looks cool, but also hampers outward visibility. Also, where are the door handles?

The heavier-looking front end and hexagonal grille could give a good indication of the next Legacy’s face, though. They somewhat resemble the current Impreza’s, which would give the two cars a familial look. The hawk-eye lights would be a nice touch too, if they are production-feasible.

Subaru is keeping the details of the Legacy Concept’s powertrain under wraps until the car’s LA debut, but you can bet it will have a boxer engine under the hood, and a version of Subaru’s trademark “Symmetrical” all-wheel drive system.

A return of the turbocharged GT model, or a version of the diesel-hybrid powertrain from the 2013 Viziv concept, would be interesting.

The Concept celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Legacy which, like all Subarus, has developed a cult following, primarily among people who live in the Northeast and Northwest.

Over the years, the Legacy has evolved from basic transportation to Toyota Camry competitor. It would be great to see the next model add more style to the mix.

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