The stylish Japanese sedan arrived at the Chicago Auto Show with an improved appearance, but mostly it has a twisted interior and several driveline updates to consider.

Subaru unveiled the mid-life refreshment for the 2018 Subaru Legacy during the Chicago Auto Show, coming with subtle exterior changes and a wide range of interior and chassis enhancements. The mid-sized sedan gets better quality materials throughout the cabin, as well as additional sound insulation for better NVH levels – but more obvious changes include the center battery refreshed with a larger infotainment screen touchscreen , With the Starlink interface now supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2017 Chicago Auto Show 2018 Subaru Legacy 2

Powertrain changes include reworked software for continuously variable transmission – with moother acceleration and better overall response. There are also improved shock absorbers and a modified electric power steering, although overall the engine options are exactly the same – four and six cylinder boxers all the way.

The Legacy sedan received a complete remodel for the 2015 model year, and this is a mid-cycle refresh for the popular all-wheel drive sedan. Legacy is due to get a complete remodel in 2020, and that’s when it gets the new Subaru Global Platform. Until then, it still comes standard with Symmetrical all-wheel-drive and a stellar safety record. It keeps the 175-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine, and the Legacy 3.6R stays with the 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer power plant.

Subaru will be upgrading all their boxer gasoline engines to direct injection starting with all future-generation models. The technology will be standard in the next-generation boxer engines Subaru will roll out, and they will also be adding cylinder deactivation and lean combustion cycles in these engines by 2020.

2018 Subaru Legacy Debut At 2017 Chicago Auto Show

It comes with refreshed styling outside with wider, lower grille openings and new front bumper, along with a newly-designed hexagonal grille, now with distinctive wing element. The redesigned C-shaped headlights now feature distinctive “Konoji” daytime LED running lights. Out back, Legacy gets a wider, more planted stance, with a new tailpipe design integrated into the lower fascia. The sedan also gets new high-contrast wheel designs and two new exterior colors, Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl. The newly-refreshed 2018 Subaru Legacy sedan can be seen at the Chicago Auto Show February 11-20, 2017.

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