2014 Subaru Legacy: Engineered for those who appreciate the finer details

2014 Subaru Legacy: Engineered for those who appreciate the finer details 

    --  Mid-size sedan with Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel
        Drive delivers fuel efficiency comparable to two-wheel-drive
    --  Subaru's preventative safety technology, EyeSight, is now
        offered on select 2.5i and 3.6R Legacy models.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to 
announce the release of the 2014 Subaru Legacy. With standard Subaru 
symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, the 2014 Legacy remains the most 
fuel-efficient mid-size all-wheel-drive sedan in North America. At the same 
time, the Japanese-engineered Subaru Legacy rewards drivers with engaging 
performance, a high level of driving comfort and outstanding safety 

The Most Fuel-Efficient All-Wheel Drive Mid-size Sedan

Under the hood, the 2014 Legacy is powered by the choice of a double-overhead 
camshaft (DOHC) 3.6-litre H6 or a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine 
for performance and fuel efficiency.

The Legacy 2.5i offers a choice between a standard 6-speed manual transmission 
and the second-generation Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable 
transmission). Models equipped with the CVT also feature a 6-speed manual mode 
with steering wheel paddle shifters, which allow the driver to control the 
transmission via six pre-set ratios.

Models equipped with the Lineartronic CVT will see fuel efficiency of 6.1 L / 
100 km on the highway and 8.4 L / 100 km in the city. Models equipped with a 
6-speed manual transmission will see fuel efficiency of 6.9 L / 100 km on the 
highway and 9.9 L / 100 km in the city.

The 2014 Legacy 3.6R Limited is offered with a 5-speed Electronic Direct 
Control Automatic Transmission with Manual Mode (5EAT). A downshift blipping 
feature enhances its sporty feel when using the Legacy 3.6R steering wheel 
paddle shifters.

Four Trim Levels
The 2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i is available in four trim levels - entry, 
Convenience, Touring and Limited Packages. Legacy 2.5i models with the 
Convenience Package offer an available PZEV option for greater 
eco-friendliness; Limited Package models now offer EyeSight preventative 
safety technology as an option, while the Legacy 3.6R Limited features this 
driver assistance system as standard equipment. The entry 2.5i includes a long 
roster of standard features, among them power-adjustable, foldable, heated 
body-colour door mirrors, heated front seats, Bluetooth mobile phone 
connectivity with voice activation and streaming audio, a USB charging port, 
steering wheel cruise control and audio switches, a 60/40-split flat-folding 
rear seat, electronic parking brake with Hill Holder system and an automatic 
headlight function. The electronic Hill Holder system, which holds the vehicle 
in place until the driver applies the throttle to pull away from a stop, now 
includes a memory function for added convenience.

Legacy models with the Convenience Package add additional amenities: a 10-way 
power driver's seat including power lumbar support adjustment, new 17-inch 
aluminum alloy wheels, multi-reflector halogen fog lights and a low-profile 
rear spoiler with integrated brake light.

Additionally, Legacy models with the Touring Package include a power tilting 
and sliding glass sunroof, windshield wiper de-icer, a 6-speaker audio system, 
dual-zone automatic climate control with synchronize button, driver's 
automatic up/down power windows as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel 
and shift knob.

Models with the Limited Package come equipped with perforated leather 
upholstery, a Harman Kardon 9-speaker audio system including subwoofer and 
amplifier, and a voice-activated in-dash GPS navigation system with 7-inch 
high-resolution touchscreen, AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA/DivX/WMV/MP4, SMS text messaging 
capability, XM Satellite Radio and NAVTraffic, 3.5mm auxiliary jack, USB and 
rear-view camera. The Legacy 2.5i Limited Package is also available with the 
EyeSight option.

EyeSight Driver-Assist System
Combining safety and convenience features, Subaru's preventative safety 
technology - the EyeSight driver assistance system - acts as a second pair of 
eyes monitoring the road ahead. EyeSight can detect obstacles in front of 
the car, send a warning to alert the driver, and adjust vehicle speed to 
mitigate or avoid a collision altogether. This stereo camera-based design 
developed by Subaru provides a detection angle wider than that of radar-based 
systems to detect obstacles in front of the car and limit potential damage in 
an impact. Features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, 
Pre-Collision Throttle Management, a Lane Departure and Sway Warning and Lead 
Vehicle Start Alert.

Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle Technology
PZEV is a designation awarded to vehicles that meet strict emissions standards 
set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Subaru PZEV vehicles in 
Canada comply with the CARB Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle tailpipe standard 
(SULEV) and virtually eliminate fuel-system evaporative emissions. Compared to 
an average new vehicle, Subaru PZEV vehicles have significantly cleaner 
exhaust emissions. In certain cases, vehicles meeting PZEV emission standards 
are even cleaner than hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles.

Symmetrical Full-time All-Wheel Drive: Three Different Types
Subaru offers three different symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive systems in 
the 2014 Legacy lineup, each tailored to the engine and type of transmission. 
In all Legacy models equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, the AWD 
system uses a viscous-coupling limited-slip centre differential to distribute 
power 50/50 front to rear.

Legacy 2.5i models equipped with the Lineartronic CVT use Subaru's 
electronically controlled MPT (Multi-plate Transfer Clutch), which adjusts 
torque distribution to the front and rear wheels in real time to suit driving 
conditions. The Multi-plate Transfer Clutch AWD maintains a 60/40 torque split 
front-to-rear for more predictable handling, and then automatically adjusts to 
a 50/50 split under strong acceleration or when road conditions warrant.

The Legacy 3.6R Limited Package exclusively features advanced Variable Torque 
Distribution (VTD) All-Wheel Drive with a 5-speed automatic transmission. A 
planetary centre differential works with an electronically controlled 
continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch to manage power distribution. 
A 45/55 front/rear torque distribution is continuously variable using a 
multiple-disc clutch limited-slip differential. Torque distribution is 
controlled automatically up to an equal 50/50 front and rear to suit road 
surface conditions for superb stability.

Independent Suspension for Flatter Cornering
All Subaru models feature a strut-type front suspension with a wide track and 
long wheel travel. The double-wishbone rear suspension, also on all models, 
handles rough roads and sharp corners with both poise and precision - ensuring 
maximum tire contact, minimum vibration and significantly improved ride 
quality. Together, these characteristics deliver flatter cornering as well as 
a quieter, more comfortable ride over a variety of road surfaces.

Vehicle Dynamics Control 
Standard on every Subaru, the Vehicle Dynamics Control system monitors and 
analyzes if the vehicle is following the driver's intended course via an array 
of smart sensors. If the vehicle approaches the limits of stability, the AWD 
torque distribution, engine output and brakes at each wheel adjust 
automatically to assist in keeping the vehicle on course. A Vehicle Dynamics 
Control 'off' switch is useful for driving out of slushy roads, deep snow or 
very loose gravel. The 'off' position deactivates the system's 
torque-reduction control, while the ABS and traction control remain active.

Subaru's Safety Leadership
At Subaru, confidence is inspired through peace of mind on the road. When the 
unthinkable happens, Legacy vehicles are engineered to provide an inside-out 
approach to protecting its occupants with celebrated Subaru safety. Subaru's 
dedication to comprehensive all-around protection has helped the Legacy 
achieve a 2013 IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) TOP SAFETY PICK 
(TSP). In fact, Subaru is the only manufacturer to achieve IIHS TOP SAFETY 
PICKS for four consecutive years. The Subaru Legacy has also achieved the 
IIHS' TSP+ distinction (models built after August 2012). The newly created 
TOP SAFETY PICK+ award requires the Institute's highest rating of "Good" for 
occupant protection in at least four of five IIHS evaluations, including the 
new Small Overlap test, with no less than "Acceptable" in any test.

The extensive roster of dynamic safety technology in the 2014 Legacy includes 
standard 4-wheel disc brakes with Subaru's four-wheel, four-channel, 
four-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) 
electronic stability system, as well as symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive 
and Brake Assist. In emergency braking, drivers usually apply less pedal force 
than needed even if they react quickly. Brake Assist detects how quickly the 
driver has pressed the pedal, and if pedal velocity exceeds a certain level, 
Brake Assist immediately applies system hydraulic pressure up to the ABS limit 
to help increase braking effectiveness.

Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is also standard. The EBD system 
automatically adjusts front/rear brake proportioning based on vehicle load and 
is more effective than conventional brake proportioning valves.

In all Subaru models, the foundation for outstanding occupant protection is 
the advanced ring-shaped reinforcement frame unibody structure, with a 
front-end configuration that disperses collision energy in three directions. 
This design forms a series of rings around the passenger compartment, 
providing protection in a variety of collision types. High-tension steel 
side-impact door beams and impact-absorbing foam materials enhance side-impact 
safety performance.

Standard passive safety technology includes the Subaru advanced frontal air 
bag system (SRS), driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact air 
bags, and standard side curtain air bags.

Whiplash-reducing front seats help reduce potential whiplash injury in a rear 
collision, while a collapsible brake pedal and impact-absorbing driver's 
footrest help reduce lower leg injury in a frontal collision.

About Subaru Canada, Inc.  Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of 
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, 
the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories 
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For additional 
information, please visit www.pr.subaru.ca or www.subaru.ca.

* EyeSight is not designed as a substitute for due care and attention to the 
road. The system may not react in every situation. There are certain 
operational limitations, such as when weather conditions obscure the view of 
the cameras. Finally, even with the advanced technology used, a driver with 
good vision and who is paying attention will always be the best safety system.

SOURCE  Subaru Canada Inc. 
 Joe Felstein or Julie Lychak (905) 568-4959 
Amyot Bachand Media Relations, Quebec Region (514) 691-9276 
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