Facelifted 2018 Subaru Legacy to Debut at the Chicago Auto Show

The updates are meant to give the midsize sedan a sportier look and feel

Subaru is giving the Legacy some updates for the 2018 model year just in time for the Chicago Auto Show (February 11-20).

The highlights include subtle styling tweaks, a refreshed interior, improved comfort, and more standard and available features.

Design-wise, the 2018 Legacy sports discreet upgrades compared to the previous model year. Brand aficionados will spot the redesigned bumpers, wider, lower grille openings, a distinctive wing element on the grille, as well as refreshed headlights with C-shaped signature and LED daytime running lights.

Subaru also offers available LED fog lamps, new alloy wheel designs, two new exterior colors (Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl), and a new tailpipe design.

Inside, the 2018 Legacy gains new premium materials and a redesigned center console with an available 8-inch screen for the latest Subaru Starlink Multimedia system. The display is said to offer faster startup speed and a more smartphone-like operation and feel. The infotainment system features Bluetooth wireless capability, iPod control, and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, among other things.

Premium and higher trims get real stitching on the dash, seats, and door panels along with high-gloss black trim and silver-colored bezels for various controls.

Subaru claims it made changes to the 2018 Legacy's suspension for enhanced agility, steering, and brake feel. The midsize sedan is said to be more comfortable to drive as well, thanks in part to noise reductions.

The engine lineup remains the same: a standard 175 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer unit in the Legacy 2.5i and a 256 hp 3.6-liter six-cylinder Boxer engine in the Legacy 3.6R. Both are fitted as standard with the Lineartronic CVT with manual mode and paddle shifters, and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Speaking of the CVT, Subaru has fitted it with a retuned ECU for more responsive and smoother acceleration.

The 2018 Subaru Legacy will go on sale this summer in the United States.