Moving from the moody shadows of its teaser preview images into the spotlight of the Tokyo Auto Show, the Subaru Levorg Concept turns out to be the precursor of a new "sports tourer" model due to go on sale next spring in Japan. Drawing its name from a combination of the words Legacy, Revolution and Touring, the Levorg Concept embodies the latest Subaru design and engineering technology while previewing several upcoming safety systems in a highly practical package that offers premium creature features as well as state-of-the-art powertrains. There's no denying the Levorg Concept has a lot going for it as an addition to the home-market lineup. But a closer look at its spec sheet indicates there could be an even more ambitious future ahead for this cheeky upstart.
The Levorg Concept is based on the same platform architecture as the new 2015 Subaru WRX sedan that bowed at the 2013 Los Angeles Show. While several inches longer - as wagons often are - it boasts an identical wheelbase, and like the WRX, the Levorg Concept makes extensive use of high-strength steel to create a more robust core structure foundation. These two new Subarus also share numerous styling elements, from near-identical front fascia treatments highlighted by signature "hawk-eye" headlamps to the first use of a racing-inspired D-shaped multifunction steering wheel.
While the base production Levorg will be fitted with a new 1.6-liter direct-injected turbocharged (DIT) flat-4 that makes 168 horsepower, the primo variants will come with the same new 2.0-liter DIT engine used in the 2015 WRX - although instead of the 268 horses it makes in that hot sedan, the Levorg's more potent iteration kicks out 296 ponies. Subaru will confirm nothing at the moment, but we expect this variant also will be the motivator of choice for the next-gen WRX STI model. While not offering a 6-speed manual transmission like the WRX, the Levorg's 2.0-liter DIT engine is backed by the same Sport Lineartronic CVT transmission with multi-mode SI-Drive and eight virtual gears in its Sport Sharp setting as well as the same Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) Symmetrical All-wheel Drive system used in the WRX. With all that common engineering, it's entirely possible Subaru could turn the designed-for-Japan Levorg into a next-gen WRX Wagon at some future date -- a move that would continue the WRX's traditional two-model lineup here in the U.S.
Despite many common touchpoints with the 2015 WRX, the Levorg brings numerous unique elements to the packaging mix to help better define the grander touring side of its character. Carbon-look trim is swapped for Piano Black in its more elegantly appointed cabin while cool blue replaces hot red accent lighting. The Levorg Concept also showcases a host of new and next-gen Subaru driver-assist and safety features that will be available on the production model as well as on other future Subarus. In addition to making the latest strain of the automaker's EyeSight technology that integrates with the Active Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking Control and new Active Lane Keeping systems standard on all versions, the Levorg features Hazard Avoidance Assist, which provides automatic steering assistance to help avoid an anticipated collision as well as Pre-Collision Reverse Throttle Management that restricts engine output if the car undergoes sharp and unexpected acceleration while in reverse.
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