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We reported on Subaru's development of a boxer diesel way back in September, when Hiroyuki Ikeda, Subaru's Europe President, made the announcement at the Paris Motor Show. Now, we have a fixed date on when the oil-burner will be unveiled: March 6th, in Geneva.
You can read Subaru's press release after the jump, but be forewarned, it's sparse on technical details. They're mainly pushing the advantages of the boxer design to lower the center of gravity, reduce vibrations and produce sounds similar to Beelzebub gargling a Harley. Well, maybe not the last one.

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[Source: Subaru]

PRESS RELEASE

SUBARU 'BOXER' TURBO DIESEL IN GENEVA WORLD PREMIERE

The world's first horizontally-opposed turbo diesel engine – offering exceptional refinement and smoothness – makes it debut at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show next month on the Subaru stand.

The Japanese all-wheel drive specialist – renowned for producing cars with outstanding chassis dynamics and active safety – will be displaying an entire drivetrain at the 'show.

Subaru believes passionately in its 'boxer' engines which are more compact than in-line units and provide a much lower centre-of-gravity.

This reduces body roll for safer cornering and also enhances handling precision such as during a sudden lane-change manoeuvre on a motorway.

Due for its first vehicle application early next year, the Subaru 'boxer' turbo diesel is a highly rigid unit with low levels of noise and vibration.

Not only does this eliminate the need for a balancer shaft which counters uneven combustion pressures and general roughness, but Subaru's first diesel is as compact as its petrol sisters and combines unusually strong pulling power at low engine speeds with high-rev throttle-response.

Both the engine and symmetrical all-wheel drive drivetrain will be unveiled as part of Subaru's press conference at the 'show on March 6 at 10.15 am.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I would have to see finals numbers, but looks like it will be a competetior for the Germans. Lets hope the American car makers take a cue and start developing diesels for their cars and light vehicles (I mean other then for the light duty pick ups and SUVs).
      • 8 Years Ago
      #10 "and, to my knowledge all Toyota cars are transverse/FWD at the moment"

      Actually, the JDM Toyota Crown limousine uses a longitudinally front-mounted engine with rear-wheel drive.

      http://www.autozine.org/html/Toyota/Crown.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm looking forward to a Forester diesel myself. A 2.0L H-4 diesel would be good for the Forester/Impreza platform, while a 3.0L H-6 diesel would be killer in the Legacy/Outback/Tribeca chassis.
      • 8 Years Ago
      All Subaru engines are arranged longitudinally -- and, to my knowledge all Toyota cars are transverse/FWD at the moment. So a Subaru diesel would have to be reserved for the Toyota pickups and full-size SUVs or RWD Lexus models.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The horizontally-apposed diesel "in cars". There are bigger diesels built that way. I don't know if Toyota would drop their own diesels for this one. The 1.4 Turbo charged in my 1985 is undistructable.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is the first cool thing Sube's done in a while. This thing will be a torque monster. I hope the EPA wakes up and let's us enjoy engines like this in the states.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Left left right right, left left right right, left left right right...

      a boxing4 firing order
      • 8 Years Ago
      MikeW, they can change the firing order of the engine...it doesn't have to be LLRR. My old VW SuperBeetle was LRLR, and with diesel, it would probably make sense to do the same. I know that if my TDI New Beetle (...I'm a Beetle fan...) were a boxer with an LLRR firing order, I probably wouldn't have bought it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3, 4:

      Toyota already has their own diesels selling in other countries. There's just not enough demand for them in the U.S. Toyota would make plenty of profit from this technology by just buying more Fuji stock and sitting back and letting Subaru sell its awd boxers all over Europe and Asia.
      • 8 Years Ago
      @8 Masarak

      Yes, Toyota has diesels but they could use a lot of improvement. I personally would love to see an Isuzu diesel in a Hilux, I find Isuzu diesel engines to be more reliable, than Toyota's diesels. And for the record, my SUV has Toyota 3L Turbo Intercooled Diesel and I love it, but could use a little more oomph.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see this end up in an Outback or a Legacy. That would pretty much be my perfect car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sign me up for a Turbo Diesel Outback! Diesel does much better in higher altitudes where all the snow/ice is at. And my Outback is a snow/ice monster - and fun to drive to boot. I want one now!
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