Subaru Australia has released its model year 2018 Levorg line-up, with the refreshed mid-size wagon gaining two new variants, as well as an entry-level model featuring a 1.6-litre engine.
Priced from $35,990 before on-road costs, the revised GT range-opener trades in its predecessor’s 2.0-litre unit for the smaller powerplant and lowers the cost of entry by $7250.
Making its debut in an Australian Subaru model, the 1.6-litre turbocharged boxer four-cylinder produces 125kW of power from 4800-5600rpm and 250Nm of torque between 1800-4800rpm.
Like the larger engine, it is paired exclusively to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the Japanese carmaker’s all-wheel drive system provides traction.
The GT and newly introduced, mid-spec GT Premium ($42,890) sip 7.4L/100km on the combined cycle test while emitting 169g/km of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Standard equipment in the base model includes adaptive LED headlights with daytime running lights (DRLs), auto hold function, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, AEB, lane keep assist, ventilated disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels and a reversing camera.
Inside, a 6.2-inch touchscreen multimedia system, dual-zone climate control, cloth trim, leather steering wheel and gear shifter, 5.9-inch multi-function display, rear privacy glass, keyless entry/start and a 40/20/40 split fold rear bench.
Stepping up to the GT Premium adds Bilstein suspension, black-accented headlights and grey-coloured 18-inch rims, as well as blind-spot monitoring, front- and side-view cameras, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert and high beam assist.
In the cabin, a 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat with lumbar support and dual-memory function, heated front sports seats, leather trim with blue stitching, electric sunroof, 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, satellite navigation and an auto-dimming smart rearview mirror are included.
The carry-over GT-S variant retains its $49,140 sticker price, as well as its 2.0-litre turbo-petrol boxer four, which continues to punch out 197kW at 5600rpm and 350Nm from 2400rpm-5200rpm.
Above the GT Premium, the GT-S further adds a ‘Sport’ mode to the CVT and black accents for its wheels.
Sitting at the top of the line-up is the new STI Sport flagship, which costs $51,990 and includes a range of cosmetic upgrades, as well as a retuned suspension set-up.
Exterior changes include a restyled front bumper and grille, as well as STI-branded exhaust tips, instrument cluster, steering wheel, side sill plates and 18-inch alloys. Internally, maroon-coloured leather seats and red stitching feature.
The 2.0-litre engine in the GT-S and STI Sport drinks 8.7L/100km and emits 201g/km of CO2.
Eight paint colours are now on offer, with ‘Storm Grey Metallic’ added as a new option, while the signature ‘WR Blue’ can be selected for STI Sports only.
Subaru has sold 493 Levorgs through the first six months of this year, having launched the model locally in June 2016. Sales hit a high in September last year, with 399 units moved, but only 14 examples found homes last month.