Aug 25, 2020

2021 Subaru Levorg Hints at Next-Gen WRX, Boasts New EyeSight X Tech

Semi-autonomous driving features have gotten better with the new-generation 2021 Subaru Levorg.

The Subaru Levorg is the Japanese brand's five-seater compact sports wagon, which is often the choice of Filipino motorists looking for a combination of power and stress-free driving. The first-generation Levorg arrived in the Philippines in 2015, and many enthusiasts got excited when a prototype of the car's second iteration was introduced last year at the Tokyo Motor Show. Most recently, the long-awaited production version of the new-generation 2021 Subaru Levorg has finally been revealed in the automaker's home country via Subaru's official Japan website.

Having a glimpse of the latest iteration of the Subaru Levorg is like seeing the next-generation Subaru WRX and Subaru WRX STI sport sedans, the Levorg's close cousins. They all ride on the Subaru Global Platform that the Subaru Impreza debuted, and while the updates on the sports wagon and sports sedans look like facelifts at first glance, the models are actually new.

Exterior-wise, the Subaru Levorg's appearance does not stray away from its pre-production prototype which dons an evolved version of the brand's Dynamic x Solid design language. Subaru's signature hexagonal grille sits smack in the middle of its front fascia with a nicely sculpted, angular LED headlight on each side. The recognizable WRX-style hood scoop was retained, but the wheel arches are now angled, which seems to be a trend in most modern vehicles. Front and rear spoilers, side skirts, diffusers and chrome-accented C-shaped LED taillights complete the Levorg's sleek, elegant look. The styling cues closely resemble the prototype of the next-gen WRX revealed back in October last year. With minor tweaks like chopping off the roof of the 2021 Subaru Levorg a little and slanting and lengthening the rear glass, you'll be looking at a clone of the next-gen WRX.

One of the most notable updates in the interior is the 11.6-inch vertical Starlink touchscreen display alongside a larger 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster. The dashboard has an entirely new design and the cabin screams premium materials and leather. The 2021 Subaru Levorg also brags of a digital rearview mirror and a hands-free power tailgate ― to open it, owners can simply hold the smart key and wave their hands or elbow. An extra 70 liters have also been added to the trunk space.

For what it's worth, the new Levorg is powered by 1.8L flat-four previously showcased in the JDM-spec Levorg prototypes, which churns 174hp of power output and 300Nm of torque with power pushed to all wheels via a CVT. There are rumors that the WRX will bear this same 1.8L turbocharged, flat-four mill but one that's tuned to deliver higher output and torque for the WRX STI.

Another notable feature of the 2021 Subaru Levorg is Subaru's autonomous technology, the EyeSight X, which improves on the current iteration's EyeSight. This makes the Levorg achieve Level 2 semi-autonomous driving. With this upgraded tech, new cool features come with the EyeSight X suite such as Intersection Assist complement the automatic emergency braking by detecting oncoming cars; Emergency Steering Assist, which helps avoid possible collisions; and an enhanced full-speed adaptive cruise control, which enables hands-free driving in certain situations such as during traffic jams; and the ability to change lanes on its own.

The 2021 Subaru Levorg clearly offers many features that the Philippine market should watch out for. It will go on sale in Japan in November this year, so fingers crossed that next year we'll get to see it locally.

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