The Subaru Leone was a compact automobile produced from June 1971 to February 1989. It served as the predecessor to the Subaru Loyale, which was essentially the same car with a different name and was known as the "GL/DL" in North America. It was offered as a sedan, hardtop coupe, and station wagon. In 1975, an all wheel drive wagon was launched and in 1978, an AWD-only pickup was introduced and marketed as the Subaru Brat in North America and Subaru Brumby in Australia. Lastly, the DL and GL trim was provided for sedans and wagons.
In 1980, the second generation was restyled with two and four door sedans, a 3-door hatchback with available AWD, and a pickup with the old body style. In 1982, the pickup was restyled so that it matched the passenger car lines and in 1983, composite headlights appeared on all GLs and GL-10 models, as well as a new turbocharged engine for AWD GL-10s. 1984 saw the discontinuation of the hardtop and the third generation, which included a larger and more angular body shape, was launched in 1985.
The Leone became a huge success in areas where 4WD was desired but larger cars were not. It even became the world's top-selling 4WD. People also enjoyed the option of enabling/disabling 4WD at their will with a button on the gear shifter and the hill-holder feature, which automatically kept the car in place when stopped on a hill. It was powered by a water-cooled, horizontally-opposed, 4-cylinder OHV engine. Finally, the Subaru Impreza replaced the Leone in 1993, while the Subaru Legacy was intended to be its successor.
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