Subaru all-new 2011
Subaru Outback Diesel
Subaru’s first-ever diesel was a long time coming, the Subaru Legacy being the world's first ever diesel burning boxer engine. The new Outback is longer, wider and taller than the model it replaces. It is also more capable and more engaging to drive on-and off-road, and offers increased space and comfort for all occupants. The 1,998cc diesel produces a maximum of 150ps (148bhp) and a top torque figure of 350Nm (258 lb ft).
The Outback's handling has been improved with completely re-engineered suspension. The Self-levelling suspension, acknowledges the Outback’s long-standing popularity as a load-lugging workhorse or tow car.
Dual-zone, fully automatic air-conditioning incorporating an anti-dust filter and heating ducts to the rear passenger footwells. A premium audio system, with a radio / CD player, six speakers (including two tweeters) and steering wheel-mounted remote controls, is standard. For the New Outback, radio reception has been significantly improved by the fitting of two high-performance antennae within the rear window glass. The audio systems are MP3-compatible and a Bluetooth* hands-free system is fitted. Voice activation from the hands-free microphone allows users to make phone calls and operate the audio appliances.
The tailgate, which is 33 mm wider and 45 mm taller than before for easier access, features an electromagnetic switch for easy opening with a light touch, aided by twin supporting gas struts. With the rear seats upright, cargo capacity is increased by 67 litres to 526 litres, compared to the previous model.
The 2011 Diesel Outback unique engine benefits from several technical refinements and enhanced environmentally-friendly features over the previous model. The shape of the piston crowns has been changed for a wider, shallower design. This, in conjunction with improvements made to gas flow within the combustion chamber, have improved combustion efficiency and reduced the production of particulate matter. The Subaru Boxer Diesel is fitted with a closed-type diesel particulate filter (DPF) that features a honeycomb shaped filter made of silicon carbide. The DPF, which is positioned low down with the turbocharger to maintain the car’s low centre of gravity, improves engine combustion efficiency and reduces particulate matter in the exhaust, further enhancing environmental friendliness. A ‘lift sensor’ has been added to the variable nozzle turbocharger for more precise control of the vanes.
The glow plugs have been changed from a metallic type to a ceramic type, raising the maximum operating temperature and providing better start-up at cold temperatures. Control of the fuel injection has been optimised and the intake manifold has been redesigned in resin for improved airflow for improved torque characteristics and fuel efficiency. An added benefit of the new resin construction is the 1.5kg weight reduction over the previous aluminium version.
A single exhaust silencer has been used to optimise engine output and noise levels, while also saving weight. The addition of a vibration absorbing structure in the middle of main exhaust pipe also reduces noise levels.
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