Subaru Corporation has finally unveiled the production version of the second generation Subaru Levorg. Set to go on sale in Japan in November, the 2021 Subaru Levorg also serves as a preview for the next-generation WRX and WRX STI sport sedans. Subaru’s latest sport wagon also debuts EyeSight X, which is an evolution of the brand’s suite of advanced driver-assist systems.
First previewed as a pre-production prototype at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the all-new Subaru Levorg features a much stronger front end. It’s an evolution of the brand’s “Dynamic x Solid” design language, which is characterized by a “forward-thrusting” hexagonal grille flanked by angular LED headlights and deeply sculpted front haunches. Moving towards the back, the all-new Levorg’s rear fascia is dominated by C-shaped LED taillights which are joined together by a slim chrome strip emphasizing the Levorg’s width. Subaru will also be selling an STI Sport variant in Japan. Despite the name, this variant is mostly focused on aesthetic upgrades. Though buyers can opt for handling upgrades through the STI parts catalog for the all-new Levorg.
As confirmed from last week’s leaked photos, the all-new 2021 Subaru Levorg will feature an 11.6-inch portrait Starlink touch screen infotainment system along with a 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster. Other than these new tech features, the interior dash design is completely new, featuring more premium materials and leather surfaces. Unique to the STI Sport variant is a red leather interior with a few STI Sport bits dotted around the cabin. A first for Subaru is a hands-free power liftgate. In the case of the Levorg, the sensor is located in the Subaru badge. Simply waving your hand or elbow with the smart key in possession is enough to open the powered tailgate.
Making its debut in the 2021 Subaru Levorg is EyeSight X. This new system builds on EyeSight’s camera-based capabilities whilst adding 360-degree sensing through all-around radars and sensors for increased autonomy. For instance, EyeSight X’s automatic emergency braking now has Intersection Assist, which can detect oncoming cars from the sides, along with Emergency Steering Assist, in which the system can autonomously steer the car away from an impending collision if it senses that there are no obstacles surrounding it.
EyeSight X’s greatest party trick is its enhanced full-speed adaptive cruise control, which uses GPS data to enable completely hands-free driving in certain situations. The system can fully operate during traffic jams, as well as have the ability to slow down during corners and toll booths. EyeSight X can even change lanes on its own.
Under the hood of the all-new Subaru Levorg is an all-new turbocharged 1.8-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder boxer engine that produces 177 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Power is sent through all four wheels via a CVT.
Apart from this new engine, opting for the Levorg STI Sport adds Subaru’s first implementation of an adaptive suspension. There are also more drive modes available as a result, which are Comfort, Normal, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.
The Subaru Levorg has carved a niche for itself as a performance wagon. Subaru is aware that the Levorg won’t sell in huge numbers, especially an SUV-dominated global market. But Subaru’s aim with the Levorg is to satisfy the enthusiasts who want practicality out of there performance vehicle. And with that, we’re happy that the second-generation Subaru Levorg exists. The all-new Levorg will go on sale in the Japanese market beginning this November.
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