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Subaru Forester diesel auto two years away

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    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.

But the Subaru Outback diesel auto is just around the corner.

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.

This reporter is on Twitter: @JoshuaDowling

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  • We need these in the US asap! Clearly the smallest carbon footprint! My Cummins Dodge is great,but it's overkill for almost all uses until you're pulling 15000 lbs!

    Davido of GA Posted on 05 March 2013 12:46pm
  • Yes, diesels with the right appointments are superior and the longevity of the engine makes for the smallest carbon footprint out there! This car with the right gear ratios for highway and for off road torque applications will leave the rest thirsting for fuel.

    Davido of GA Posted on 05 March 2013 12:44pm
  • Interesting points raised by Nick. Perhaps readers you should look at the CX-5 and see how much less fuel the Diesel with 6 sp auto uses than the CX-5 2.0L petrol. Here you are: 6.7l to 8.0L for extra urban, which is 20% and the 2L is FWD where the Diesel is AWD!. Also, the diesel has the torque which is what is missing in the 2.5i Forester.

    JoeR_AUS of North Ryde Posted on 24 January 2013 8:51am

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