In lieu of this, Subaru has released a diesel version of its Outback crossover, the Outback 2.0D Premium Lineartronic. Together with this launch, Subaru also broke another personal barrier, that being the company’s first diesel to be mated to its Lineartronic CVT transmission.
Subaru’s oil burner is the first Boxer diesel engine in the world and uses turbocharging and a horizontally apposed punching - or ‘boxing’ - piston action around a central crank shaft, two technologies with which Subaru is very well-acquainted.
This 2.0-litre powertrain develops 100kW of power and a healthy 350Nm of torque. This generous helping of torque helps the Outback 2.0D achieve an average fuel consumption of 6.5 litres/100km and Co2 emissions of 172g/km. Fuel requirements are strictly low sulphur of 50ppm diesel though.
According to Subaru, the boxer thrum allows for pleasant acoustics where other four-cylinder diesels tend to produce unpleasant sounds.
As with most Subarus, the Outback diesel CVT features the company’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, which splits power symmetrically between the front and rear axles, as well as left and right sides. This affords the Outback the ability to tackle any environment with aplomb, including off-roading thanks to its high ground clearance of 213mm.
Keeping you safe while tackling the unknown are a host of safety features, including seven airbags, vehicle dynamics control, ABS, EBD, traction control system, electronic stability control and limited-slip device. Seat-belt warnings for all five seats, Isofix child-seat anchors and a rear-view camera are also standard.
The Outback diesel CVT also features a comprehensive list of creature comforts, including a powered sunroof, leather upholstery, eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control with rear ventilation, keyless entry and start, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, split-folding rear seats with recline function, multi-function display screen, premium audio system with six speakers and CD, MP3, auxiliary and USB support, as well as Bluetooth for hands-free cell-phone use and audio streaming.
The new Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium Lineartronic will retail for R459 000, which includes a 3-year/100 000 warranty and 3-year/60 000km maintenance plan.