Tuesday, 08 May 2012 10:23

Ideal for our rural roads

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A HIGHER-riding Subaru Legacy, launched recently at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, will be ideal for New Zealand rural roads, says the company’s managing director, Wallis Dumper.

The 2013 model rides 60mm higher than predecessors. And it has a new grille, front bumpers and sporty sills with chrome-type highlights, and exclusive 18-inch wheels.

“This new Legacy variant will be ideal for kiwi rural roads,” said Dumper.  “We have a huge percentage of unsealed surfaces and the extra ride height adds to its capability in regional and rural areas.”

Interior detail changes include black metal-type centre panel, centre console and steering switch panel, the electronic park brake and SI-Drive switches are relocated for easier use.    

 “Another key aspect of this new Legacy variant is that the hip point is 70 mm higher than the current sedan, making entry and exit easier, which should really suit some of those traditional Calais and Fairmont drivers you see climbing out of their ‘gravel-rashed’ vehicles in most rural communities.

“Only three markets in the world – Australia, China and New Zealand – are getting this new variant.

“A lot of our rural roads are unsealed, about a third in fact. Obviously our all-wheel-drive Legacy is a great choice for these conditions and the new variant with its extra ground clearance makes an even stronger case, plus it provides a suitable environment for the farming executive of today.

“We see its main market to be in rural areas, but it will also be ideal for those with tricky driveways, those who travel with trailers, boats and caravans, or just those who want a sedan where you can sit a bit higher.

“The new variant will initially be available in New Zealand with a 3.6L engine with potential for the smaller 2.5-litre engine later.”


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