Subaru has previewed the next-generation Levorg wagon with a 'Prototype' version at the 2019 Tokyo motor show, with the production model to go on sale in Japan during the second half of next year.
Externally, the Levorg Prototype sports a more angular take on the company's new design language, which has already been rolled out across its latest products including the Impreza, XV, Liberty and Outback.
Subaru says it evokes its "BOLDER" design philosophy, which "highlights the value and character of each model".
It's not a complete departure from the current model, though it's certainly more aggressive with daherper lines, more creases in the body work and a wider, lower aesthetic overall.
Unfortunately at this stage Subaru hasn't released any images of the Levorg Prototype's interior.
Based on the more dynamic Subaru Global Platform – which underpins all of the brand's newest products – the Levorg features a new 1.8-litre turbo 'Boxer' engine with "lean-burn technology" that claims to "[balance] acceleration and environmental performance at a high level".
The company adds the Levorg's new motor "brings superior dynamic quality with its strong torque", though doesn't detail the engine's outputs.
Also new is a next-generation version of Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance and active safety suite, which incorporates new stereo cameras which scan with a wider viewing angle along with four radars located in the front and rear bumpers for 360-degree sensing ability.
There's new functions for the adaptive cruise control system, too. Much like the latest technology from luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz and Audi, the Levorg can draw upon GPS and satellite data to recognise the shape of the road ahead, adapting the vehicle's speed before entering a curve, while also being able to offer semi-autonomous driving in traffic jams.
Finally, there's a new 'Advanced Automatic Collision Notification' system that alerts the emergency services when the vehicle has been involved in a big collision, along with direct contact to an operator in case of an emergency – for example, if the driver is experiencing a medical issue behind the wheel.
The production version of the new-generation Levorg is earmarked for launch in the Japanese domestic market "in the second half of calendar year 2020". With that in mind, expect an Australian release either very late next year or sometime during the first half of 2021.
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