Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc.

June 05, 2008 14:19 ET

Subaru Canada Announces 2009 Legacy Lineup

A great choice for drivers who want sporty power and fun-to-drive performance

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire – June 5, 2008) - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce that the 2009 Legacy lineup goes on sale soon, including the recently-launched 2009 Legacy PZEV, a new Legacy 3.0R Limited Sedan, and a new Legacy 3.0R with Premier Package. With a range of new features, excellent fuel economy, and top safety accolades for occupant protection, every Legacy is an outstanding choice for drivers and families who want it all.

There are five models in the 2009 Legacy lineup: the Legacy PZEV (sedan and wagon), 2.5i Touring (sedan and wagon), 3.0R Limited (sedan), 3.0R Premier Package (sedan), and 2.5GT spec.B (sedan).

- Every 2009 Legacy fitted with an automatic transmission, whether 4-
speed or 5-speed, is equipped with SPORTSHIFT.

- Every model in the 2009 lineup now includes pre-installed Sirius
Satellite radio and a 3-month trial subscription.

- In addition, every Legacy except the PZEV includes an upgraded Harmon
Kardon sound system with 9 speakers and power to spare (385 watts of
power in sedans and 440 watts in wagons).

- Due to strong interest in this new offering, the PZEV also now
includes a standard power driver's seat and heated front seats. An
optional manual transmission is also available for 2009.

- Standard equipment on the 2.5i Touring Package now also includes a
leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and Subaru's
outstanding Vehicle Dynamics Control system.

- The 2.5GT spec.B is fitted with new leather seating surfaces.

- Both the new Legacy 3.0R Limited and 3.0R Premier Package are
equipped with Vehicle Dynamics Control; a 5-speed electronic direct
control automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT, blipping control and
steering-column-mounted paddle shifters; larger disc brakes; body-
coloured door mirrors with integrated LED turn signals; chrome trim
on side aero effects; and 17-inch 'grand touring style' alloy rims
with 215/45/17 tires; leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear selector
and parking brake.

- The 2009 3.0R Premier Package is further equipped with a new
navigation system.

"Legacy becomes an even more important choice for consumers in these days of soaring gas prices," said Katsuhiro Yokoyama, president and CEO of SCI. "Legacy is a great choice for families who want safety and All-Wheel drive confidence without excessive SUV fuel consumption."

Power According to Purpose

Every 2009 Legacy is equipped with Subaru's symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive system - a lightweight horizontally-opposed SUBARU BOXER engine, long-travel suspension and full-time All-Wheel Drive. It's a complete system that provides optimal traction and handling performance on all types of road surfaces.

The 2009 Legacy PZEV and 2.5i Touring Package are powered by a modified version of Subaru's 2.5-litre 4-cylinder SOHC 16-valve horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER that produces 170 hp at 6,000 rpm and 170 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm, and uses regular unleaded fuel. All Subaru's 2.5-litre naturally aspirated engines incorporate Subaru i-AVL (intelligent Active Valve Lift) variable valve lift technology to optimize the engine's volumetric efficiency throughout the rev band. The engine can be mated to a 4-speed electronically controlled SPORTSHIFT automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission.

The 2.5i PZEV designation is awarded to vehicles that meet strict emissions standards set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Subaru PZEV vehicles in Canada meet the Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle standard (SULEV) and eliminate fuel-system evaporative emissions. Compared to an average new vehicle, Subaru PZEV vehicles have 90 percent cleaner emissions. In certain cases, gasoline engine vehicles meeting PZEV emission standards are also even cleaner than hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles.

The naturally aspirated 2.5-litre engine fitted with 5-speed manual transmission achieves class-leading fuel economy, using just 10.6 L/100km (city) and 7.6 L/100km (highway); with the 4-speed automatic, Legacy uses 10.5 L/100km (city) and 7.6 L/100km (highway).

The Legacy 2.5GT spec.B boosts the performance level-yet still offers excellent fuel economy-with a turbocharged, intercooled 2.5-litre DOHC engine that generates 243 hp at 6,000 rpm and 241 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm.

The 2009 2.5GT spec.B is equipped exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission with a robust design for high-torque handling and short, positive shifts. As a safety measure, the 6-speed transmission uses a reverse lockout feature - the driver must pull up a ring on the shift lever before reverse gear can be selected.

All Subaru 2.5-litre turbocharged engines incorporate Subaru AVCS (active valve control system) variable valve timing technology to optimize the engine's volumetric efficiency throughout the rev band. AVCS adjusts intake camshaft timing to employ the ideal intake and exhaust valve overlap under all engine operating conditions.

Legacy 3.0R models are equipped with Subaru's 3.0-litre DOHC 6-cylinder engine, which produces 245 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 215 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm.

The Subaru 3.0R engine employs both AVCS and Active Valve Lift (AVL) variable valve lift technology. This combination results in one of the most advanced valve control systems on the market. Subaru AVCS and AVLS vary both cam phasing (intake valve timing) and the amount of lift exerted on the intake valves. These systems enhance power at all engine speeds while ensuring optimal efficiency and low emissions.

The SI-DRIVE Advantage

For the 2.5GT spec.B and 3.0R models, Subaru's innovative SI-DRIVE (Subaru Intelligent Drive) engine management system allows the driver to custom-tailor the car's driving characteristics by choosing from among three selectable modes-Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp. In this way, the driver optimizes engine performance, control, efficiency, and throttle response (as well as transmission shift performance on models with the automatic transmission).

When Intelligent mode is selected, the system reduces engine torque and maximum power and switches to a more relaxed throttle response curve. By controlling throttle angle and response of the Electronic Throttle Control drive-by-wire system, SI-DRIVE restrains peak output by about 20 percent, and peak torque is limited to 228 lb.-ft.

Intelligent mode is an ideal choice to provide smoother response while commuting in traffic, for example, where it can increase real-world fuel economy by as much as 10 percent. In addition, Intelligent mode's more relaxed responses and lower peak torque output can be used to complement the low-traction surface driving safety provided by the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System.

In Sport mode, performance is enhanced by quick throttle responses and powerful, linear acceleration. The linear acceleration characteristic of this versatile mode makes it ideal for driving on freeways and suburban streets and for merging or overtaking other vehicles on the highway with confidence.

In Sport Sharp mode, SI-DRIVE modifies the engine's electronic throttle mapping to deliver lightning-quick throttle response and more power, sooner. In models with the automatic transmission, Sport Sharp mode also employs a more aggressive shift map, holding lower gears longer for more power. As its name might suggest, Sport Sharp mode enhances the performance feel of the car and is ideal for tackling twisty roads.

The Legacy 2.5GT spec.B is also equipped with a TORSEN® limited-slip differential that provides quick reaction to torque inputs, for enhanced traction during spirited cornering. Legacy 3.0R models include a viscous-type limited-slip rear differential for enhanced stability, control and driving confidence.

Further bolstering the All-Wheel Drive performance, the 2009 Legacy 2.5i Touring Package, 2.5GT spec. B, and 3.0R models are also equipped with the Vehicle Dynamics Control system that simultaneously co-ordinates front/rear torque distribution, engine output and individual wheel braking as needed to enhance vehicle stability.

Automatic Transmissions with SPORTSHIFT

A 4-speed electronic direct control automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT is optional on Legacy PZEV and 2.5i Touring Package. Standard on Legacy 3.0R models is a 5-speed electronic direct control automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT and blipping control.

The SPORTSHIFT feature still allows manual shift control in all SI-DRIVE modes, but alters the shift map to respond to the selection of Intelligent, Sport or Sport Sharp mode.

Legacy 3.0R models provide SPORTSHIFT control from both the console-mounted shift handle and steering-column-mounted paddle shifters. The paddle shifters give drivers quick temporary access to manual mode even when the shift handle is in Drive. The transmission resumes automatic mode after a short period. The Subaru 5-speed automatic uses a lateral-g sensor and cornering logic to choose and hold the appropriate gear when cornering. The transmission helps maintain traction when the vehicle is accelerating out of a corner by using more rapid downshifting. For inclines, the 5-speed automatic transmission helps maintain traction by downshifting actively. For downhill control, the transmission maintains efficient engine braking by holding the most suitable gear.

Designed for Comfort and Convenience

Legacy continues to be well-equipped with a broad range of standard features, including a split-folding rear seat, cruise control; power windows, door locks and mirrors; adjustable dash illumination; dual-mode trip odometer; generous cabin storage, a tilting/telescoping steering wheel, and an AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3/WMA capability and an auxiliary audio input. Every Legacy is now also equipped with Sirius satellite radio, and comes with a free 3-month trial subscription.

For even greater convenience, the 2009 Legacy is also equipped with a keyless entry transmitter integrated into the key blade. The system has four buttons - lock, unlock, trunk and panic - and the most frequently used 'lock' button is the largest, positioned to be easily accessible in the centre of the transmitter.

The 2009 PZEV is further enhanced with new heated front seats and body-coloured door handles as well as a power driver's seat, and heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. Wagon models are fitted with a retractable cargo cover.

Already very nicely equipped, the 2.5i Touring Package adds a new power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector.

The 2.5GT spec.B welcomes occupants with new black leather seats. The paddle shift levers are designed such that they are always in the same position, regardless of the angle of the steering wheel, so they can be controlled with ease and will never interfere with steering. The levers are made of rigid aluminum with pads to prevent slipping. The wiper icons on the wiper control arm have been moved so that they are not hidden by the paddle levers.

The 2.5GT spec.B also features audio control switches located in the left spoke of the steering wheel, and the SI-DRIVE selector and the multi-information display switches are also conveniently located on the steering wheel, so that drivers can operate them without releasing the steering wheel.

Legacy 2.5GT spec.B is also equipped with titanium finish trim; sport-design electroluminescent gauges; power-adjustable sport-type front seats; automatic dual-zone climate control; power moonroof; power-adjustable, folding, heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals; and contoured multi-reflector halogen (high) and projector beam halogen (low) headlights with auto-off.

To this, the 2009 2.5i Touring, 2.5GT spec.B and 3.0R models add a premium 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Tuned specifically for Subaru, the new audio system provides the ultimate in listening pleasure - crisp, accurate and lavish sound.

Custom-optimizing the system for the dimensions of each vehicle's interior, Harman Kardon's engineers improved bass response and reduced distortion through the use of neodymium magnets and other space-age materials. The 385-watt (440 watts in wagon models) 7-channel system (8 channels in wagons) employs Digital Signal Processing (DSP) that continually evaluates more than 100 unique audio parameters to capture every nuance of the recording and re-amplify it for maximum audio quality.

The 2009 Legacy 2.5GT spec.B and 3.0R Premier Package further add a GPS DVD-based navigation and monitor system with touch-screen display, premium audio system with 6-CD changer, and 60/40 split flat-folding and lockable rear seat with trunk pass-through. The 2.5GT spec.B also includes two-position memory on the power driver's seat, aluminum alloy sport pedals and Bridgestone Potenza summer performance tires with 18-inch wheels.

The Confidence of Driving with the Safety Leader

In addition to the active safety of Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System, every Subaru is built to the highest levels of passive safety. Legacy has garnered the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) - "Top Safety Pick" - in the mid car segment, thanks to its light but strong Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame. In addition, Legacy received 5-star ratings for the driver and front passenger and rear passengers in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests.

Legacy's occupant protection also includes a driver's seat kneeguard to help reduce injuries to the driver in the event of a frontal collision, and the stalk section of the driver's seatbelt uses a metal design that helps ensure the belt is held firmly against the driver's pelvis during a collision, reducing the possibility of lower abdomen injury. The stalk also oscillates, making it more convenient to engage and remove and more comfortable to wear.

The 2009 Legacy is fitted with 'smart' dual-stage deployment front airbags with a passenger detection system for the passenger airbag, front seat-mounted side impact airbags, side curtain airbags, and height-adjustable active front seat head restraints. The three point front seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters are also height adjustable, and all passenger seatbelts are ALR/ELR type. Three LATCH system child safety seat tethers in the rear seat and rear child safety doorlocks help create a safe environment for small passengers.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Legacy PZEV sedan with manual transmission is $26,995. The Legacy 2.5i Touring Package with manual transmission has an MSRP of $29,495, just $300 more than the previous model even though the added equipment has a value of over $1,100. The new Legacy 3.0R Limited Sedan has a starting price of $36,995, and the luxurious 3.0R Premier Package has an MSRP of $38,995. At the top of the range, the 2.5GT spec.B has an MSRP of $41,995.

Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 89 authorized dealers across Canada.

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    Elaine Griffin
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