The Subaru Levorg is coming back, but not as we know it.
But the car we’ll see won’t be the same as the Japanese version, which is powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine with 130kW of power and 300Nm of torque.
Subaru Australia pointed to a faster, more overtly performance-focused version heading our way instead.
“We see Levorg very much as a niche performance product,” Subaru Australia communications boss, David Rowley, told CarExpert.
“While the car in Japan cosmetically will give you some clues, the [Australian] specification will be quite considerably different to what’s in the Japan Domestic Market.
“I think I can say confidently… as a Subaru performance enthusiast you won’t be disappointed by it.”
It’s likely the Australian-market Levorg will share at least some of its hardware with the upcoming Subaru WRX, set to launch locally before the end of 2021.
It will reportedly upgrade to a version of the turbocharged 2.4-litre flat-four offered in the North American Ascent SUV.
While the Ascent produces 190kW of power and 376Nm of torque, the WRX’s application of the 2.4-litre will reportedly pump out upwards of 213kW.
The outgoing Levorg is a low-volume car for Subaru Australia, with just 306 sales in 2020.
It was outsold by even the now-retired Liberty.