Subaru has confirmed plans to make a diesel version of the popular Liberty/Legacy. Parent company Fuji Heavy Industries’ turbodiesel development program appears to have been fruitful, with Subaru Australia expected to offer a diesel version of the Liberty within 18 months.
I could not get any specs on the new diesel Legacy/Liberty model, but the standard 2006 Subaru Legacy Sedan, starting at $21,650 with a 2.5L, 175 hp, gives a moderate 22/29 MPG (city/hwy). For a diesel car to be cost and fuel effective, it would have to compete with what the Toyota hybrids can give us. Now that Subaru has signed an agreement with Toyota, allowing Subaru to use Toyota’s Hybrid technology, things can only get better from here. Subaru will be able to bring out a hybrid and turbo diesel car without having to spend time on research andÂ too much money on developing these engines, hence we will soon be seeing hybrids giving other conventional gas cars some tight competition.