Subaru Leone

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Subaru Leone
Production period: 1971-1994
Class : Lower middle class , compact class
Body versions : Sedan , hatchback , station wagon , pickup , coupe
Previous model: Subaru FF-1
Successor: Subaru Legacy

The Subaru Leone is a compact class vehicle produced by the Japanese car manufacturer Subaru in several generations from autumn 1971 to the end of 1994 .

In Germany, the Leone was offered from spring 1980, but not under this name, but as Subaru 1600/1800, later L1800. In the USA, the model names were Subaru DL and GL until the 1980s.

Model history

First generation

First generation
Subaru Leone Coupé (1977-1979)

Subaru Leone Coupé (1977-1979)

Production period: 1971-1979
Body versions : Sedan , station wagon , pickup , coupe
Petrol engines : 1.1–1.4 liters
(46–68 kW)
Length: 3995 mm
Width: 1500 mm
Height: 1345-1385 mm
Wheelbase : 2455 mm
Empty weight : 700-815 kg

The Leone debuted as a two-door hardtop coupé in October 1971, followed by the four-door sedan in February 1972. In October 1972, a station wagon version, also with all-wheel drive, was added to the range. The all-wheel drive station wagon was a great sales success and was therefore primarily responsible for the fact that Subaru is still one of the best-known manufacturers of all-wheel drive vehicles today.

The Leone was the successor to the Subaru FF-1 . The front-wheel or all-wheel drive Leone was powered by a 1.1 or 1.4 liter four-cylinder boxer engine in light metal construction with a central camshaft and 62 to 93 SAE hp. A four- or five-speed manual transmission took over the power transmission, later also a three-speed automatic transmission on request.

In 1977 the Leone underwent a major facelift and received a new dashboard. Also in 1977 Subaru presented a two-seater pick-up variant based on the Leone, the Subaru Brat .

In Germany, in contrast to the Benelux countries, the first Leone generation was not offered.

Second generation

Second generation
Subaru Leone hardtop (1979-1984)

Subaru Leone hardtop (1979-1984)

Production period: 1979-1994
Body versions : Sedan , hatchback , station wagon , pickup , coupe
Engines: Petrol engines
Length: 4285 mm
Width: 1620 mm
Height: 1415 mm
Wheelbase : 2445 mm
Empty weight : 1091 kg

In the summer of 1979, the slightly larger second-generation Leone appeared as a two-door hardtop coupé, four-door sedan, five-door station wagon and as a shortened three-door hatchback variant; the Brat pickup model was also continued. Some models of this series were also offered in Germany after Subaru Germany was founded. (See also: Subaru L series )

Third generation

Third generation
Subaru Leone (1984-1986)

Subaru Leone (1984-1986)

Production period: 1984-1994
Body versions : Sedan , hatchback , station wagon , coupe
Engines: Petrol engines
Length: 4435 mm
Width: 1660 mm
Height: 1335 mm
Wheelbase : 2470 mm
Empty weight : 1060 kg

In July 1984 the third generation of the Leone was introduced. Third generation innovations were the digital instrument panel, an on-board computer and pneumatic level control. The station wagon was built by Isuzu under license as the Isuzu Geminett II . The successor to the larger engine is the Subaru Legacy , the smaller engine is the Subaru Impreza


  • Automobil Revue , catalog number 1973 (technical data)

Web links

Commons : Subaru Leone  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Kjellström, PeO: "Udda bil utan udd" Teknikens Värld, January 21, 1987 (Swedish), pp. 31-33