Subaru Levorg

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Subaru Levorg
2018 Subaru Levorg (MY18) 2.0 GT-S AWD station wagon (2018-10-22) 01.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerSubaru
Production2014–present
AssemblyJapan: Ōta, Gunma (Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd.)
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car
Body style5-door station wagon
LayoutFront-engine, four-wheel drive
RelatedSubaru Impreza
Subaru Legacy
Subaru WRX
Chronology
PredecessorSubaru Legacy (wagon)

The Subaru Levorg is a mid-size car manufactured since 2014 by Subaru. According to the company, the name Levorg is a portmanteau of three words, LEgacy, reVOlution, touRinG[1] The Levorg shares its platform with the Impreza, Legacy and WRX.

History[edit]

The Levorg was first shown as a pre-production concept car at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in November 2013.[2] Subaru began collecting orders on the Japanese market in 4 January 2014, and the car went on sale in May.[3] In February 2015 Subaru announced the introduction of the Levorg on the European market, and the car made its première on the continent at the Geneva Motor Show in March of the same year.[4]

Subaru announced it would debut the prototype of its second generation Levorg at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show in October 2019.[5]

First generation (VM; 2014–present)[edit]

First generation (VM)
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Overview
Production2014–present
Powertrain
Engine
TransmissionLineartronic CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,650 mm (104.3 in)
Length4,690 mm (184.6 in)
Width1,780 mm (70.1 in)
Height1,490 mm (58.7 in)

Specifications[edit]

On the domestic Japanese market the Levorg is available with two DOHC flat-four petrol engines, both turbocharged, intercooled and direct injected: a 170 PS (125 kW), 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) FB16 1.6 L and a 296 PS (218 kW), 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) FA20 2.0 L.[3] The two are coupled to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission and four-wheel-drive.

Sales[edit]

During its advance sales before launch, Subaru received about 11,000 orders in three months, 2,000 short of its projection.[6]

Motorsport[edit]

On 12 January 2016, Subaru announced that it was entering the British Touring Car Championship, as a manufacturer entry, in partnership with Team BMR.[7] For the 2016 season, the team were preparing four Levorg Sports Tourers to the championship's Next Generation Touring Car specification. The BTCC Levorgs are configured as rear wheel drive rather than four wheel drive (which is disallowed by the championship's regulations). Former double champions Jason Plato and Colin Turkington piloted the cars, along with team owner Warren Scott. The marque's FA20 2.0 litre boxer engine was race prepared for the team by Mountune Racing.[8]

The 2017 season saw some changes, including Ashley Sutton joining the team from MG Racing. Sutton went on to win the 2017 British Touring Car Championship for the team. Jason Plato continued driving the Levorg, but struggled to find pace throughout the season.[9]

The 2018 season saw Team BMR switch from Mountune to Swindon as engine suppliers for the Levorg.[10]

Second generation (2020)[edit]

Second generation
2019 Subaru Levorg Prototype.jpg
Subaru Levorg Prototype at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show
Overview
Production2020 (to commence)
Powertrain
Engine1.8 L FA18 H4 (turbocharged petrol)
TransmissionLineartronic CVT

Unveiled as a prototype at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show on October 23, the second generation model will switch to the Subaru Global Platform, with a new 1.8 L engine. It will go on sale in Japan in Q2 2020.[11]

Subaru Levorg Prototype at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

References[edit]

  1. ^ "スバル、東京モーターショーで新スポーツツーリング「LEVORG(レヴォーグ)」を世界初公開" [Subaru, new sport wagon at the Tokyo Motor Show: "LEVORG" world premiere]. car.watch.impress.co.jp (in Japanese). 20 November 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  2. ^ Stoklosa, Alexander (21 November 2013). "Subaru's Levorg Prototype is the 2015 WRX Wagon of Your Dreams". blog.caranddriver.com. Car and Driver. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b Gauthier, Michael (2 January 2014). "2014 Subaru Levorg hits the track". worldcarfans.com. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  4. ^ Padeanu, Adrian (6 February 2015). "2015 Subaru Outback and Levorg in European specification confirmed for Geneva debut". worldcarfans.com. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Subaru Exhibition Outline of the 46th Tokyo Motor Show 2019" (Press release). Subaru Global Media. September 25, 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  6. ^ Greimel, Hans. "A rare misfire for Subaru with new Levorg wagon?". Automotive News. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  7. ^ "SUBARU ENTER BTCC WITH TEAM BMR". British Touring Car Championship. TOCA. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  8. ^ Hudson, Neil (15 January 2016). "Mountune chosen as engine partner for Team BMR's four Subarus". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  9. ^ Ashby, Chris (2 October 2017). "Jason Plato hails new BTCC champion Ashley Sutton "a superstar"". BTCC Crazy. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  10. ^ Gallagher, Ian (2018). "Team BMR to switch engine suppliers for 2018 season". Touring Car Times. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  11. ^ Stafford, Eric (23 October 2019). "Subaru Levorg, Bold New Station Wagon, Previews the Next WRX". Car and Driver. Retrieved 23 October 2019.

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