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Subaru Legacy/Outback (2006): first official pictures

Tue, 19 Sep 2006 00:00:00 -0700

By Nathan Millward

First Official Pictures

19 September 2006 11:00

The lowdown

Subaru is making over its Legacy saloon and Outback wagon for the 2007 model year. A subtle facelift, upgraded cabin, retuned suspension and three-mode 3.0-litre flat six – with sport, economy and normal options – are the big changes. The 2.0-, 2.5- and 3.0-litre range will cost from £17,995, with the cars coming on stream in the next few weeks.

It's the drivetrain that marks the biggest change to the '07 range. Dubbed SI-Drive (Subaru Intelligent Drive) and standard on all 3.0-litre models, the new Legacy offers a choice of three settings to suit the driver's mood. It adjusts throttle response and gearshift points depending on conditions. 'Intelligent' mode appeases the economy conscious by feathering power and optimising fuel consumption of the 242bhp six-cylinder engine. For those in a hurry however, the sport modes offer quicker kickdown and holds onto the revs for longer. SI-Drive is available with both the manual and six-speed auto, with the latter now operated by wheel-mounted paddles. The 3.0-litre boxer six is also revised to provide more of the 219lb ft of torque at lower revs. As before, the Spec B saloon is the flagship, with a top speed of 151mph and a 0-60 mph time of 6.5sec.

By Nathan Millward