Subaru Australia's Outback Diesel Going Auto In 2013

Mike Stevens | May 15, 2012

Subaru Australia has announced that its diesel-powered Outback models will at last gain an automatic transmission in early 2013.

Adding the automatic 'Lineartronic' Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to the existing manual option, the new models will be available from the first quarter of next year.

The arrival of the new variant marks the first time Subaru has offered a diesel engine with an automatic transmission in Australia.

Subaru Australia boss Nick Senior said that the CVT transmission has been a strong seller in the new Impreza and XV models, and the company is anticipating success with the auto-equipped Outback diesel.

He added that engineers from Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) have been working closely with Subaru Australia engineers on the new pairing.

“FHI engineers have just returned to Japan after extensive testing of the pending Outback diesel CVT," Mr Senior said.

The news follows the announcement of revisions to the Outback's diesel engine earlier this year.

Power figures remain unchanged at 110kW and 350Nm of torque, but maximum twist now comes online between 1600 and 2400rpm, compared to 1800-2400rpm for the 2011 model.

Combined-cycle fuel consumption has also improved, dropping from 6.4 l/100km in 2011, to 6.0 l/100km in the 2012 model year.

Forester Diesel automatic?

The Outback has made up the bulk of customer demand for an auto option, but, speaking with TMR today, Subaru Australia's David Rowley acknowledged the interest in an auto-equipped Forester diesel.

"It's fair to say that we're well aware of the pent-up demand for auto diesels, and the Outback is the first step in addressing our customers' desires," Mr Rowley said.

We shouldn't expect an auto Forester diesel in the current model, however;

"The next-generation Forester (see spy photos here) will emerge in Australia early next year, so there's no likelihood of a CVT option in the current car."

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  • Smart us says,
    3 years ago
    good news...
  • craig says,
    3 years ago
    Same gutless power though, typical Subaru.
  • paddy says,
    3 years ago
    Subaru have done lots of good and bad things of late.

    I still can't get over how disgusting the Legacy GT's exhaust is, and the back seats are far from decent.
  • Lindsay says,
    3 years ago
    smile Good news Subaru - but why the CVT; why not the 5 speed from the 3.6R? I may consider a diesel auto when my 3.6R is due for replacement come 2015.

  • Fred says,
    3 years ago
    laughThose torque and mileage numbers beat the Lexus all wheel drive I have now. The mileage numbers wouldn't take long to get the $$ diesel option back. Want gutless? Try Lexus AWD 250. I have sat in comfort (6'2") in the front and back seat of the 2012 Outback and have more knee breathing room than anything I've owned in the previous 10 years. Give me the Outback with a diesel and CVT and I'll order one tomorrow.
  • Fred says,
    3 years ago
    laughWhy not the CVT? If you wish for an automatic, then go for the smoothest. I've ridden in a CVT and what is cool is the fluid smoothness. You keep waiting to feel it shift while the car is busy accelerating. But the CVT just keeps the engine right in it's power band and there is no "shifting".
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