In a world the place “sport” crossovers outnumber precise sports activities vehicles, the thought of a wagon, and a performance variant at that, appears far-fetched. With even Volvo discontinuing its particular order V90, it looks as if such a automobile may by no means exist in in the present day’s market. Unless, that’s, we’re speaking about Australia.
According to CarExpert, Subaru is bringing a WRX-ified model of the Levorg wagon to Oz. For these not acquainted, the Levorg is basically the successor to the Legacy Wagon. As the Legacy grew in measurement and have become Outback-only in longroof type, the Impreza-based Levorg took its place in markets that have been nonetheless wagon-friendly, like Japan and Europe, providing a wagon with roughly the identical footprint because the fourth-generation Legacy wagon.
In its house market, the first-generation 2014-20 Levorg provided a alternative of two turbocharged boxer engines: a base 168-horsepower1.6-liter and a 296-hp 2.0-liter. However, the second-generation Levorg has solely had one engine to date, a 1.8-liter boxer producing 174 horsepower.
CarExpert believes, nevertheless, that when it debuts in Australia within the fourth quarter of this yr, the Levorg will probably be geared up with the turbo 2.4-liter discovered within the Ascent. Furthermore, whereas the FA24 boxer generates 260 horsepower within the Ascent, the Levorg, reportedly, will churn out 286.
Currently, all Levorgs are geared up with Subaru’s Lineatronic repeatedly variable transmission. It’s not clear whether or not the spiced up Levorg can be provided with a handbook.
“We see Levorg very a lot as a distinct segment performance product,” Subaru Australia’s David Rowley advised CarExpert, including “I feel I can say confidently … as a Subaru performance fanatic you gained’t be upset by it.”
Niche is perhaps an understatement. CarExpert says that Subaru bought solely 306 Levorgs in Australia final yr. That’s fewer than even the 407 BRZs it moved. But in a world the place numbers like 12,556 Stingers bought in 2020 are nonetheless not sufficient to hold the RWD sedan afloat for Kia USA, we commend Subaru Australia for combating the nice combat. It additionally means we suspect meaning the extra highly effective Levorg may even debut in Japan, presumably wanting fairly shut to the Levorg STI Sport proven on the Tokyo Auto Salon.