Subaru finally decided it was time for a diesel, and what better to toss it into than the Outback or the Legacy? The best part? It's a boxer with a turbo and the first to go into a passenger car.
That's right, both the Legacy Wagon / Sedan and the Outback will have an optional 2.0L DOHC horizontally opposed boxer-four turbodiesel. Total power output is in the 150hp range while torque is right at 258ft/lbs. Both the Outback and the Legacy are slightly more than light, so they won't be winning any acceleration awards. But both will have more than enough cranking ponies to merge with freeway traffic and get an estimated 50mpg.
Not forgetting it's roots, Subaru chose the boxer layout for a number of reasons. Boxers can be smaller and fit into tighter places so overall weight can be drastically reduced. It offers a lower center of gravity for better handling through corners and it decreases vibration felt throughout the cabin.
The move to a diesel not only appeased the US crowd, it also landed Subaru a spotlight in Europe. Sadly, it will remain there for at least 2 years before it makes the journey across the Atlantic.
From : ZER Customs