Subaru launches 2.0L diesel Outback/Legacy wagon in the UK with 41mpg

Almost a year after announcing their new diesel boxer engine at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, Subaru 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.


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