6-passenger, 3-row wagon based on the Legacy boasts stadium seating
Last week, we asked you if you’;d be interested in purchasing a Hyundai i20, a hatch even smaller than the Accent hatchback presently sold in the U.S. market. An overpowering 84 % of our readers stated that they would be interested in the i20 if it had been obtainable right here, perhaps attracted by the 73-mpg combined rating of its fuel-sipping 1.one-liter 3-cylinder diesel and its $ 10,755 base price. However, Hyundai has no strategies to offer you the i20 or its smaller (and for some explanation much less fuel-effective) i10 sibling, even though we would really like to see how the mere advertisement of a 73-mpg Hyundai hatch would give specified hybrid makers cold sweats. Which is a lot more than double the fuel efficiency of the existing Accent hatch.
This week, we have some thing a minor various on provide, anything that seeks to maximize interior room, as the station wagons of yore strove to do.
The variety and variety of station wagons on dealer plenty has diminished, even in contrast to just 10 many years ago. The interior capacity of the station wagons that are left has, if you will pardon the pun, taken a back-seat part with numerous present vehicles claiming to be correct station wagons coming in shy on cargo room — consequently the “sport wagon” trend. Nowadays, station wagons are attempting to appear like crossovers (and succeeding), while crossovers are desperately making an attempt to hide their bulk, all at the expense of versatility.
The station wagon might be on existence support on our shores, but in other markets one particular can nonetheless get a sedan with a gigantic hangar bay attached to the back. 1 illustration is the Subaru Liberty Exiga, sold in Australia, between other places.
The Subaru Liberty sedan is generally the Subaru Legacy, itself provided in station-wagon type in Europe and Outback wagon/crossover type in the States. But there is however one more station wagon loosely primarily based on the Legacy/Liberty, and it truly is named the Exiga.
How proper of a station wagon is it? Let’;s start off with the fact that it delivers 6 seats, organized in 3 rows. That’;s right, its folks-hauling credentials are reliable, and that will get it the Peugeot 505 SW8 seal of approval. This is not merely a Legacy with a redesigned greenhouse the wheelbase is stretched in favor of the rear-passenger doors, and it is 4.9 inches taller than the normal Legacy station wagon. The rows of seats are positioned in a “theater” layout, with all 3 rows of seats dealing with forward, but with the 2nd and third rows sitting progressively increased. So yes, it’;s a 3-row Subaru station wagon with stadium seating.
Placing aside the close to-certainty that the mere mention of “stadium seating” in a motor vehicle would be advertising and marketing gold in the U.S., the Liberty Exiga offers all the goodies that the stateside Legacy does when it comes to comfort this isn’;t some poverty-spec model. All the driving aids are there, including Subaru’;s Motor vehicle Dynamics Management and ESP, in addition to dual front, side and curtain airbags for all 3 rows. The fuselage ends in a extremely huge clam-shell door that hugs the D-pillars but sits low sufficient to allow loads of freight to be loaded into the cargo bay.
Powering the Legacy Exiga are Subaru’;s trusty 2.5-liter horizontally opposed Boxer engines coupled to Symmetrical All Wheel Drive, at least in the Australian market, which we’;re using as a comparison. In Australia, the Liberty Exiga comes with Subaru’;s Lineartronic continuously variable transmission, just as the 2014 Legacy does right here. So that indicates 173 hp going to all 4 wheels as it would in the U.S. spec, even even though energy figures might fluctuate a bit in distinct markets.
We think we know what Subaru owners are contemplating by now: How is this distinct from the Forester? The Exiga is just as tall as the Forester, but is 6 inches longer all round and has a wheelbase that is a complete 5 inches longer. Its cargo capability is greater than that of the Forester, provided the much taller passenger compartment as it sits lower to the ground (on somewhat small 16-inch wheels), and the quantity of headroom for passengers is better as effectively. The second- and third-row seats in the Exiga can be stowed, and the rear-cargo compartment also permits items to be positioned below the floor. In addition, the rear side passenger doors open nearly 90 degrees to allow less complicated entry and exit. The Exiga is fundamentally an MPV folded into the dimensions of a tall wagon.
At very first blush, the Liberty Exiga may possibly seem to be to supply everything the Outback does. While the 2 cars’; total length and wheelbase are almost identical (the Outback is 3 inches longer overall), the Outback does not offer 3 rows of seats. In addition, the Outback’;s interior area loses out to that of the Exiga by a couple of cubic feet when the second and third rows of seats are folded down, however which is to be expected with the Exiga’;s tall roof.
The Exiga would probably get rid of out to the Tribeca in the U.S. industry, which also seats 7, due to its somewhat awkward packaging the Exiga was meant for the Japanese industry where tall station wagons that provide the flexibility of MPVs are a popular segment. The Tribeca would also beat the Exiga for road clearance, and at the end of the day they would even begin at around the identical value level. The Exiga’;s trump card, if it has a single, would be a car-like rather than crossover profile and interior layout, with a reduce ride height and better outward visibility for the passengers. Third-row seats are an alternative in the Tribeca whie they are common in the Exiga, and the Exiga’;s longer rear doors permit for significantly less difficult third-row ingress and egress.
The cost? The Liberty Exiga starts at the equivalent of $ 35,160 in U.S. dollars for the 2.5i model and at $ 39,330 for the Premium model — comparable to the pricing construction of the Tribeca, at least at the bottom of the assortment.
Would you acquire one particular if it have been accessible in the U.S. industry? Vote right here, and we’;ll publish the benefits in up coming week’;s installment.
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