Subaru customers desperate for a diesel automatic Forester will have to wait at least two more years before it arrives in showrooms. Subaru will deliver its first diesel automatic Outback SUV to the first of 300 customers on a waiting list at the end of March.
But even though the same diesel engine and automatic transmission fit into the Forester, the engineering work has not begun and would take at least two years to complete.
“If it happens, it’s at least two years away,” Subaru Australia boss Nick Senior told News Limited. “We would like to have it, but it’s [Subaru Japan’s] decision.” Subaru introduced a diesel engine to its Forester range in 2010 and expanded it to the Liberty and Outback soon after.
Despite the massive uptake of diesel SUVs, demand for diesel remains modest in the Subaru line-up.
“In smaller SUVs there is less of an advantage to switch to a diesel because the petrol engines are so efficient these days,” he said. “The diesel might use a little less fuel but you’ve generally got to pay 10 cents a litre more for it.”
Meanwhile, despite the popularity of the Subaru XV, the company says there are no plans to fit the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine from the Forester XT. “I personally would love a car like that but [Subaru Japan] has no plans for one at this stage,” Senior said.
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