All-new Legacy joins Subaru lineup

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CHICAGO – Subaru used the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday as a platform to show off its all-new 2020 Legacy sedan.

The company says this seventh generation of the Legacy will be quieter and smoother than previous models, while also increasing safety.

Some of those safety features include eight standard airbags, a stiffer body that Subaru says can absorb 40% more energy in front and side impacts, standard adaptive cruise control and lane centering.

Optional safety features include a facial recognition system that can tell when the driver is distracted or sleepy, and a front-view camera system that shows a 180-degree view of everything directly in front of the car.

That camera system displays on a giant 11.6-inch touch screen in the middle of the dashboard on the higher-end models. The screen also manages things such as climate control and entertainment. Base models feature two 7-inch-wide displays.

Powering the new car will be the standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 182 horsepower, or a 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine good for 260 horsepower. All Legacy models will come with a continuously variable automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Subaru sold a little more than 40,000 Legacy sedans in 2018. Some of its biggest rivals include Honda, which sold 291,000 Accords, and Toyota, which sold more than 343,000 Camrys, in the same time.

The 2020 Legacy will go on sale this fall. Prices have not yet been announced.

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