The forbidden fruit looks rather tasty at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
Subaru, suffice it to say, knows a thing or two about wagons. The Outback, after all, practically owns the segment here in the US, small as it is. But overseas it offers others we can't get – like the Levorg. And it's just previewed a new one at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
The somewhat awkward nameplate is shorthand for Legacy Revolution Touring, and the vehicle shares its platform with the Impreza and Legacy sedan. This new production-preview "prototype," though, looks more like a WRX with a longer roofline. And we dig it.
As autonomous vehicles loom large on the horizon, Subaru has designed the new Levorg with the aim of "realizing a future where everyone can truly enjoy driving in a car that enriches the life of the customer," and apparently taking their whole family and all their stuff along for the journey.
The wagon shape is imbued with decidedly bold styling that both looks distinctly Subaru and, we hope, will translate to other new models that we will get here. Like, say, a new Impreza... or even better, a new WRX – both models having been on the market now for a few years.
Set to go on sale in Japan late next year, the new Levorg also boasts a new 1.8-liter turbocharged boxer four – something of a signature of Subaru's, and one we're glad to see get a new lease on life. The Japanese automaker hasn't revealed much more about the engine or its output, but says the engine "balances acceleration and environmental performance at a high level" while delivering "superior dynamic quality with its strong torque." Sounds good to us, and if the next WRX (and WRX STI) looks half as good as this wagon does, we'll be fortunate to get our leather-gloved hands on it – however long or short its roofline.