Subaru Levorg 1.6L Turbo added as new range-opener

Subaru has added a new entry-level model to the Levorg range, bringing added affordability to the sports wagon with a new entry price of below $40k.

Joining the 2.0-litre turbo model launched last year is the new 1.6-litre turbo variant available in base-spec GT and high-spec GT Premium flavours. The turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine produces 125kW of power at 4,800-5,600 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 1800-4800 rpm, offering greater fuel efficiency within the expanded Levorg range.

As with the 2.0-litre variants, the 1.6L turbo is mated to a CVT automatic and drive through Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system. Fuel economy is rated at 7.4L/100km on the combined cycle.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “Levorg has opened up a whole new performance niche for Subaru since we launched just over a year ago.

“We can now see even greater opportunity with the addition of two 1.6-litre turbo variants that will make this fun, flexible wagon available to an even greater cross-section of customers.”

The 197kW / 350Nm 2.0-litre model line-up has also been simplified, with the base GT variant dropped and the limited-run Spec.R replaced with a new STI-badged range-topping model. The simplified 2.0L line-up now consists of the GT-S and STI Sport.

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For 2018, the Levorg has also received a minor facelift through revised front bumper and grille, with the 2.0 STI Sport featuring a frontal STI treatment unique to the variant

In total, the Levorg is offered in four variants for 2018, with Australian pricing (excluding on-roads) as follows:

Levorg 1.6 GT$35,990
Levorg 1.6 GT Premium$42,890
Levorg 2.0 GT-S$49,140
Levorg 2.0 STI Sport$51,990

Along with the introduction of the 1.6L Levorg, Subaru has also boosted standard specifications across the line-up, with the company’s Smart Rearview Mirror making its debut on the 1.6 GT Premium, 2.0 GT-S and 2.0 STI Sport variants. SRM is designed to offer better rear visibility. Images of the area behind the car are taken by a camera mounted inside and above the rear gate glass, and displayed in the rearview mirror.

Subaru claims it is particularly effective when the standard rearview mirror provides poor visibility in fluctuating light conditions, such as evening or at night; or if passengers or cargo are obscuring the view.

Two modes are available: Mirror Mode is used as an ordinary mirror, without displaying images from the rear camera. Display Mode is used for displaying images from the rear camera. SRM modes are activated using a switch at the bottom of the mirror.

Also standard on all models except for the 1.6 GT is a new Front View Camera which uses a front-mounted camera to display front blindspot such as approaching vehicles or pedestrians at intersections with poor visibility.

Elsewhere, the Bilstein front and rear suspension in Levorg 1.6 GT Premium, 2.0 GT-S and 2.0 STI Sport is enhanced from the superseded model year for smoother ride comfort, while retaining sporty capabilities.

Changes to both the front and rear suspension configurations include revised damping and rebound. Thicker rear stabiliser bars are also used in the rear axle to improved cornering flatness.

Every Levorg now features, Steering Responsive Headlights, which operate with both high and low beam. There are also larger 5.9-inch Multi Function Display and Automatic Vehicle Hold – meaning the driver doesn’t have to keep their foot on the brake pedal in situations such as traffic lights and road congestion.

For added convenience and practicality, 2018 Levorg gains 40/20/40 split-fold rear seat, with the reclining and one-touch folding functions retained.

2018 Subaru Levorg specification

Levorg 1.6 GT

Safety

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Automatic Vehicle Hold
  • Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual side airbags
  • Dusk sensing LED steering responsive headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
  • EyeSight Driver Assist System featuring:
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Lane departure warning
    • Lane sway warning
    • Lead vehicle start alert
    • Pre-collision braking system
    • Pre-collision brake assist
    • Pre-collision throttle management
    • Pre-collision steering assist
    • Brake light recognition
    • Lane Keep Assist
  • Fog lights – front and rear
  • Four wheel disc brakes (ventilated)
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Front adjustable seatbelt anchorage
  • Rear door child lock
  • Rear seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Reverse camera
  • Seatbelt indicator lights
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Three-point A/ELR rear seatbelts
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (electronic stability control system)
  • Welcome lighting

Interior

  • 6.2-inch touch screen AM/FM radio, single in-dash CD, six speakers
  • AUX jack +USB port
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Bottle holders in each door + two cup holders in centre console and rear
  • Cargo area light
  • Central locking – remote
  • Climate control air conditioning – dual zone
  • Cloth trim
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather trim steering wheel with audio controls; leather gearshift
  • Map lights (2)
  • Multi-Function Display (MFD) – 5.9 inches
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Privacy glass – rear
  • Push button start with smart key
  • Electroluminescent instrument cluster with Multi-Information Display
  • Seatback pockets
  • Subaru-branded front door sill panel
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • USB charger ports for rear passengers
  • Vanity mirrors – illuminated
  • 40/20/40 split/fold rear seat
  • 12V/120W power jacks

Exterior

  • Double locking system
  • Electronic folding mirrors
  • Headlights auto off
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Rear diffuser
  • Rear cargo door spoiler
  • Rear LED brake lights
  • Rear roof mounted colour-coded shark fin radio antenna
  • Self-levelling automatic LED headlights with pop-up washers
  • Tail pipe covers
  • 17-inch alloy wheels – space saver spare

Other features

  • Auto lights and wipers
  • Auto Stop Start
  • DataDot security technology
  • Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
  • One-touch indicators
  • Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive)
  • 12-months Roadside Assist
  • Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty
  • 1.6 litre turbocharged engine. 125 kW/4800-5600 rpm, 250 Nm/1800-4800 rpm

Levorg 1.6 GT Premium adds:

  • Bilstein suspension
  • Black accents in headlights
  • Electric lumbar support (driver)
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front windscreen de-icer
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather trim with blue stitching
  • Power driver’s seat with dual memory function – 10-way adjustable, including lumbar
  • Factory fitted satellite navigation – 7.0-inch screen
  • Rear view mirror with auto glare function
  • Silver coloured mirrors
  • Smart Rearview Mirror
  • Sports front seats
  • Vision Assist Features
    • Side View Monitor
    • Blind Spot Detection
    • Lane Change Assist
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alerts
    • High Beam Assist
    • Front View Camera
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with gray accents – space saver spare
  • 2 x USB in lower centre dashboard

Levorg 2.0 GT-S adds (does not include Auto Stop Start):

  • Sport # mode
  • 2.0 litre turbocharged engine. 197 kW/5600 rpm, 350 Nm/2400-5200 rpm
  • Black accents in wheels

Levorg 2.0 STI sport (adds to 2.0 GT-S specification):

  • Exclusive maroon leather trimmed seats
  • Front bumper and grille unique to variant
  • Red stitching
  • STI exhaust tips
  • STI instrument cluster logo
  • STI side sill plates
  • STI steering wheel logo
  • STI tuned suspension
  • STI 18-inch alloy wheels
  • WR Blue colour option unique to variant

 

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