The Subaru Forester Diesel and Impreza Diesel are coming to next month’s Paris Motor Show equipped with the new Subaru Boxer Turbo Diesel engine. The innovatively light and compact engine is capable of delivering 145 HP and a huge 258 lb-ft of torque while returning up to 37 MPG (combined) when paired with a 6-speed manual transmission in the Forester. Hmmm, a practical, capable crossover SUV that drives well and gets 37 MPG? Yes please. But will it come to the US? Maybe. Full details after the jump.
BOXER DIESEL FORESTER AND IMPREZA UNVEILED AT PARIS MOTOR SHOW Subaru’s highly-acclaimed new Boxer Diesel engine will appear for the first time in both the new Forester and Impreza at the 2008 Paris Motor Show (October 4-19). Meanwhile, other highlights include a Subaru Impreza WRX2008 replica plus the Subaru R1e and G4e electric cars. There will also be a 50th Anniversary Display showcasing the original Subaru 360 minicar. Subaru’s press conference takes place on the Subaru stand at 17.00 hours on Thursday, October 2, 2008. New Boxer Diesel Forester And Impreza Both the new Forester SUV and Impreza five-door will be unveiled featuring Subaru’s highly-acclaimed new 2.0 litre Boxer Diesel engine. The world’s first horizontally-opposed diesel engine for a passenger car has won widespread praise for its refinement, smoothness, sharp throttle-response and outstanding fuel economy. It first appeared in the Legacy and Outback earlier this year. Both the Forester and Impreza Boxer Diesels feature new six-speed manual gearboxes while the engine itself benefits from a new closed-type diesel particulate filter. Such is the efficiency of the new engine that the Forester 2.0D boasts class-leading fuel economy and emissions. No other SUV can better the 44.8 mpg Combined and 167 g/km of the Forester 2.0D X. The Forester 2.0D produces 147 PS and 258 lb ft torque and the Impreza 150 PS and 258 lb ft – both at 3,600 rpm and 1,800 rpm respectively. The engine’s benefits include exceptional compactness, light weight and a low centre-of-gravity which benefits handling agility and makes best use of the standard all-wheel drive system. The new Forester Boxer Diesel goes on sale in the UK in late September and the Impreza Boxer Diesel in January 2009.