Subaru will close the glaring gap in its model line-up when it starts selling diesels in New Zealand next month
It expects the diesel engines to boost sakes when the Legacy 2.0D Euro and Outback 2.0D Euro hit dealers’ showrooms in mid-December. That’s already the case in Europe where Subaru began selling diesels earlier this year.
Subaru of New Zealand is selling three diesel models initially, the $41,490 Legacy Diesel Euro sedan, the Legacy Diesel Euro wagon ($42,990) and the Outback Diesel Euro ($44,990).
Like its petrol engine, Subaru’s diesel uses a horizontally-opposed, boxer, cylinder layout. It’s potent, with 110kW of maximum power and peak torque of 350Nm at 1800rpm.
The all aluminum engine is the first ever fitted to a passenger car, and runs a variable nozzle turbocharger, common rail fuel injection, oxidation catalytic converters, exhaust gas recirculation and a particulate filter. It meets Euro 4 emission standards.
Subaru says the Legacy and Outback diesels can achieve fuel economy of up to 5.6 litres/100km (50.4mpg), and have CO2 emissions of 148 g/km. Subaru says that makes the Outback 2.0D Euro the most efficient diesel SUV available locally. One example of each is competing in this week’s AA Energywise fuel efficiency rally.
Both the Legacy and Outback have a five speed manual gearbox. Performance is reasonably strong, with Subaru quoting a 0-100km/h time of 8.7 seconds for the Legacy Euro.
Subaru launched its diesels in Europe earlier this year, hence the Euro in the models’ name, and they come with a specification not usually seen on New Zealand Subarus.
They have heated front seats and a front windscreen de-icer, and the indicator/lights and wiper stalks are on the right-hand side of the steering column
Subaru of NZ boss, Graeme Woodlands, says diesel Foresters and Imprezas are likely to arrive late next year.