Subaru is launching its first diesel engined cars, the Legacy 2.0D Euro and Outback 2.0D Euro, on the New Zealand market before Christmas. The efficient Boxer Diesel powered cars are two litre turbocharged and offer 110 kWs of power and 350 Nm of torque.
With fuel consumption as low as 5.6 litres/100 kilometres (EC combined cycle measurement) — 50.4 mpg – and with CO2 emissions of just 148 g/km, the Legacy and Outback Diesel Euros offer advantages in economy while still boasts good prformance. The Legacy Euro sedan will accelerate to 100kmh in 8.7 seconds.
According to LTNZ registration and statistical data, the Legacy 2.0D Euro is the most efficient petrol or diesel AWD or 4WD vehicle available in New Zealand. And the Outback 2.0D Euro is the most efficient petrol or diesel SUV available on the local market. “These diesel engined cars give us entry into an area of the market we have never competed in before,” said Graeme Woodlands, the Managing Director of Subaru of New Zealand. “Diesel is becoming an increasingly important segment with sales growing from just under 10 percent last year to 15 percent of the total market this year.”
Woodlands expects Subaru will have diesel engined Foresters and Imprezas, which have only just been launched in Europe, available here late in 2009.
Both the Legacy and Outback are available with a five speed manual gearbox. The Euro designation reflects these models launch in Europe earlier this year, where diesel engined cars make up to 50 percent of all sales. As a result these diesel engined Subarus arrive in New Zealand with added specifications. Standard equipment includes heated front seats and a front windscreen de-icer which are sure to be a bonus in the colder regions of the country during the winter. The indicator/lights and wiper stalks are on the opposite side of the steering column to usual, reflecting their European specification.
The Legacy Diesel Euro sedan will sell for $41,490, the Legacy Diesel wagon for $42,990 and the Outback Diesel Euro for $44,990. The three new diesel models have a price premium of $3,000 over the comparable base petrol model.
The all aluminum engine has been designed from the ground up by Subaru engineers. It is the first time a passenger car has been equipped with a boxer diesel engine. The maximum power of 110 kWs is at 3600 rpm, although the motor will rev to over 4500 rpm. The maximum torque of 350 Nm is achieved at 1800 rpm, for greater flexibility. Like any Subaru, these diesel engine models have All Wheel Drive with a symmetrical drive train.
Standard equipment includes heated front seats, power driver’s seat, electric power steering, telescopic steering column, 6 stack CD, MP3 audio input jack, cruise control, leather covered steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake, power windows and mirrors, climate air conditioning, trip computer and 60/40 split folding rear seats. There is a dual exhaust system, automatic headlights off, 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, a roof spoiler and roof rails on the Legacy and Outback Wagons.
The diesel engined Subarus are expected in dealer showrooms in mid-December.