CHICAGO -- Subaru of America, which has benefited from U.S. consumers' shift to crossovers, is turning its attention back to the Legacy midsize sedan, bolstering the redesigned 2020 version with an optional turbocharged engine, additional safety equipment and a revamped interior.
The seventh-generation Legacy, introduced Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show, will add to Subaru's increasingly fresh lineup. But it's Subaru's first redesigned sedan since the 2017 Impreza was launched in late 2016.
U.S. Legacy sales dropped 20 percent in 2018 to 40,109. For context, the new Ascent three-row crossover, which went on sale in June, nearly matched that with 36,211 sales last year.
In January, U.S. sales of the Legacy plunged 27 percent from a year earlier to 2,403.
The 2020 Legacy moves to the Subaru Global Platform, following the Forester, Ascent, Crosstrek and Impreza.
Keeping in line with the brand's recent redesigns, the Legacy looks similar to the outgoing version but has updated, sportier styling.
Up front, the Legacy now has a frameless grille with the lower grille intake "molded to evoke the image of an aircraft," Subaru said.
The sedan has wider fenders to emphasize tire and wheel presence, Subaru said. The Legacy comes with 17- or 18-inch wheels, depending on the trim.
The most significant changes, however, are found under the hood, in the cabin and with new safety equipment.