Subaru’s new Boxer
Diesel engine is now available in the new Forester where it is expected
to account for 80 per cent of sales and eventually turn the SUV into
Subaru’s best-selling model.
First introduced in the Legacy and
Outback this February, the 2.0 litre, four-cylinder horizontally-opposed
Boxer Diesel engine offers outstanding refinement and throttle-response
plus exceptional handling thanks to its light weight and low centre-of
And in the new Boxer Diesel Forester –
itself only launched in April in petrol format – the boxer diesel
catapults it to the top of the class for fuel economy and low emissions.
It also offers drivers the longest range of any SUV at more than 1,000
km before refuelling.
No other competitor can match the new
Forester 2.0D X’s Combined 44.8 mpg nor its ultra-low 167 g/km meaning
an annual Road Fund Licence of £170.
Meanwhile, the Boxer Diesel Forester’s
115.5 mph top speed and 10 second 0-60 mph time makes it one of the
swiftest of SUVs while the extra engine torque over the petrol model
allows a full 2,000 kg braked towing limit.
Apart from the much-applauded new
engine, key improvements over the 2.0 litre petrol Forester include a
new six-speed manual gearbox, uprated front suspension and
The new Boxer Diesel uses an advanced common-rail
fuel-injection system with the fuel being pressurised at 180 MPa before
being fed into the common rail. This maximises efficiency, both in terms
of power, fuel consumption and emissions.
The variable nozzle turbocharger
ensures the correct boost throughout the engine’s rev-range and its low
centre-of gravity position under the engine and close to the catalytic
converters increases environmental performance.
The Boxer Diesel meets Euro4 emission
standards thanks to oxidation catalytic converters and a particulate
A new feature for the Forester is a DPF
(Diesel Particulate Filter). This reduces PM (Particulate Matter) – the
cause of black smoke – to the minimum.
On sale this September, the new
Boxer Diesel Forester range comprises three models with their own
specific trim levels – the 2.0D X at £20,295, 2.0D XC at £22,495 and
2.0D XSn at £25,495 (all on-the-road).