Cars and Concepts

Subaru unwraps 2015 Legacy, slowly

A teaser image of the redesigned Subaru Legacy to be introduced at the Chicago Auto Show.

Subaru's redesigned 2015 Legacy will join the growing group of family sedans with coupe styling and could give the brand a real competitor in the mid-sized sedan segment.

Subaru offered a glimpse of the new sedan today that will debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, Feb. 6. It was also previewed with the 2015 Legacy Concept introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

Although Subaru showed only a silhouette of the top of the car, the Legacy's roofline appears to have kept the sleek profile of the concept shown in L.A.

Subaru has tried to make the Legacy sexier with each redesign -- the car is celebrating its 25th anniversary. So far, the bland sedan hasn't struck a chord in the competitive mid-sized sedan segment.

The 2015 Legacy has the coupelike silhouette of the four-door Volkswagen CC and the new Mercedes-Benz CLA. It also strikes a resemblance to the Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion.

It's hard to make a good assessment with just that shaded photo provided by Subaru. Here's the brand's description: "… a faster windshield rake angle and narrower A-pillars that create a sporty and modern sedan."

Subaru has a lot of hope riding on the Legacy. U.S. sales of the sedan fell 10 percent last year to 42,291 cars while total Subaru sales grew 26 percent to 424,683 vehicles.

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