Worldwide, Subaru is on a bit of a role at the moment, particularly in the USA were sales have grown massively in the last few years. Sales are increasing in the UK as well, with a rise of 23 per cent in 2014, no doubt helped by the new WRX STi, and price cuts across the range – the product of better exchange rates.
With renewed confidence, Subaru UK is launching two new models this year. First to arrive in March is the latest Outback. The present version has sold reasonably well, though it was withdrawn from sale towards the end of 2014 as production of the new car geared up.
Prices and specs have yet to be announced: Subaru’s 2.0-litre flat-four diesel engine will likely be the only option, with a choice of manual or CVT automatic gearboxes. Prices will probably start around £30,000.
The Outback will be followed in autumn by the Levorg estate. It effectively replaces the Mondeo-size Legacy, last seen in the UK in 2013. It will be interesting to where it’s pitched; chasing potential Mondeo buyers could be ambitious, but mopping up the people who used to buy the now-departed Honda Accord would probably be easier. If you can get to them before they buy a Skoda.
The Levorg shares much of its structure with the Outback. Expect a similar line-up and lower price tag. Enthusiasts will be hoping we get the GT-S version, which is basically a WRX estate.