Almost a year after announcing their new diesel
boxer engine at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show
has finally put it on sale in the UK. The Outback
and the Legacy
Sports Tourer (aka station wagons) go on sale in February in the the UK with a 2.0L horizontally-opposed four-cylinder diesel engine. This apparently is the first diesel engine of this configuration ever installed in a production passenger car. The new plant is rated at 150hp and 258 lb-ft of torque with an impressive 41.3 mpg (U.S.). That's better than either the Mondeo or Passat
diesel wagons and the Subaru has all wheel drive. The Legacy wagon gets from 0-60mph in a respectable 8.5 seconds, even with this impressive mileage. The diesel engine is also 2.4 inches shorter than Subaru's 2.0L gas engine thanks to smaller cylinder bore spacing. We can expect to see this engine appear in the U.S. market
under the hood of the Forester
and Imprezza in mid-2010.