Outback Automatic Is Diesel Delight

Mon, 25/03/2013


Subaru is adding flagship automatic diesel variants to its Outback All-Wheel Drive (AWD) crossover line-up, offering outstanding range, fun driving and efficiency. 

For the first time, Subaru has mated a Lineartronic™Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to its turbocharged horizontally-opposed Boxer diesel engine, resulting in an incredibly capable AWD package.  

Among the highlight is Adaptive Transmission Control, delivering highly responsive driving, in tune with engine speed changes.

There is also a seven-speed Manual Mode, achieving faster, smoother gear changes compared to conventional automatic transmissions.

The entry-level Outback 2.0D CVT includes factory-fitted satellite navigation, while the 2.0D Premium with CVT adds a variety of features including:

  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather trim
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat with memory function
  • Electroluminescent gauges with colour information display.  

The automatic diesels share a wide range of other changes to the Outback Model Year 2013 line-up, including a revised grille, front bumper, foglight surrounds and wheel patterns.

All Outback 2.0D CVT variants are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder horizontally-opposed Boxer diesel engine, producing 110 Kilowatts of power at 3600 rpm and 350 Newtonmetres of torque between 1800-2400 rpm.

In the combined cycle, fuel consumption is an impressive 6.5 litres per 100 km and carbondioxide emissions 172 grams/km.

The Outback 2.0D CVT variants offer high levels of noise suppression, great take-off acceleration and linear steering, with minimum body roll, for stable driving.

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “The CVT diesels introduce the choice of both Adaptive Control and stepped Variable Control from the one incredibly flexible transmission.

“They are distinguished by fast acceleration and quick speed recovery after deceleration, producing an agile, fun and safe driving experience.”

Mr Senior said the significant success of manual Outback diesel promised even greater inroads for the CVT version.

“The Outback diesel CVT plugs a gap in our model line-up. A significant proportion of large SUV sales are automatic diesels and we have not played in this space.

“This Outback will also offer broad appeal – it has the benefits of an SUV, such as versatility, visibility and a higher seating position, but there is no compromise with driving dynamics. This is an SUV with real road manners.

“We expect it to sell in both city and rural environs, to private buyers and company fleets alike.

“In rural areas, real estate, stock and station agents, indeed anyone spending a lot of time in their vehicles, should be looking at Outback diesel CVT.

“In some months, the manual diesel has accounted for up to 20 per cent of Outback sales, so pent-up demand for the auto is likely to see our diesel success story soar even higher.”

For the full pricing and specification see subaru.com.au