Subaru Levorg Is The Affordable Performance Wagon America Needs

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It also previews the styling direction of the new WRX and WRX STI.

We were hoping the recent launch of the Audi RS6 Avant would start a renaissance of high-performance wagons in America, so it was disappointing when BMW confirmed the M3 Touring wagon won't be going on sale in the US. Another forbidden wagon on our wishlist is the Subaru Levorg, which is sold exclusively in Japan.

Last year, Subaru previewed the new-next generation Levorg with a concept, and now the production version has arrived. Sadly, America will once again miss out on the new Levorg, but the performance wagon previews the styling direction of the new Subaru WRX and WRX STI sport sedans, which are expected to arrive in America for the 2022 model year.

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Compared to its predecessor, the new Levorg adopts a bold new look with a wider hexagon grille and redesigned LED headlights and taillights, while the muscular fenders, large front and rear overhangs and sharper body creases give the wagon a sportier presence. Inside, the cabin is upgraded with a larger 11.6-inch display for the infotainment system and a 12.3-inch driver display. Sports seats are fitted as standard, while the STI Sport features a black leather interior.

As standard, all Levorg models are equipped with a new next-generation version of Subaru's EyeSight safety suite that adds a new 360 degree camera combined with four front and rear radars to detect hazards more accurately.

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Standard safety assists include automatic braking, steering assist, lane keep assist, and an intersection assist that can detect oncoming cars from either side. Upgrading to the EyeSight X package uses GPS data to enable hands-free driving in certain situations such as traffic jams on the highway.

Under the hood, the Subaru Levorg is powered by a new turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder boxer engine producing 177 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission. Pricing starts at 3 102 000 yen ($29,453) for the entry-level GT model and 4,092,000 yen ($38,852) for the range-topping STI Sport EX.

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