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by Matt Brogan

Subaru today revealed the 2009 Subaru Legacy (Liberty) Concept at the 2009 North American International Auto Show.

The new Legacy Concept is a hint at the future of design for Subaru and is said to showcase the sport sedan heritage of the Subaru Legacy, but in a more modern and purposeful package.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Subaru Legacy, the Legacy Concept – as with all Subaru models – features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive mated to a Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine.

The theme of concept design is “Presence”, represented by the aggressive front facia and solid yet expressive body. Four powerful and defined wheel arches emphasise the dynamism of Symmetrical AWD while sharp design lines carve out a substantial mass as they flow from the bonnet, across the roof to the boot, while the sharp body lines project a sense of strength.

Wedge-shaped Side Rear Vision Cameras are featured and provide a sense of flow from the momentum of the A-pillar lines. A character line runs from just before the
A-pillar and sweeps up to the tail just above the taillamps.

This grille design incorporates a central wing motif that defines the Legacy’s Subaru brand identity. The Subaru logo separates a deep central grille shape that is accented by sharp headlamps with a dual vertical-row layout of multiple LED lamps. In addition, the slim, vertical fog lamps set in a large front valance with angular air intakes add a jewel-like touch to the front design.

The car is finished in a special high-lustre “Ultimate Silver” paint to accentuate the design’s angular shapes.

The interior design features a striking four-seat layout that showcases the “High Definition” design theme. Comfort and style are achieved with a mix of touch-screens, cameras and modern surface coverings.

The high-tech look blends with comfort through four separate seating areas, a high roofline and generous legroom for all passengers. The center console features a large
touch-panel display that concentrates various functions for simplified use, while the flowing shape extends vertically to emphasise the feeling of strength and solidity in union with the exterior.

A steering wheel and shift lever have been adapted to accentuate the sporty nature elemental in the Legacy’s DNA.

In-car entertainment is featured through monitors with multiple functions that are located in the center console, as well as in the rear of the front seat headrests to provide comfortable functionality as well a calm design that creates a relaxed ambiance for passengers. The monitor for the Side Rear Vision Camera has been situated toward the front of the roof to maximise rear visibility.

The design is capped off with seats covered in pearl white leather that give off a blue sheen, while black metallic leather has been used for the door trim to create contrast with the instrument panel.

Since introduction in 1989, the Legacy’s (Liberty in some markets) total global production has exceeded 3.6 million vehicles making it Subaru’s core model.

More pics to follow.