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The Subaru Outback will become the Japanese brand’s first vehicle to be offered with a diesel engine/automatic transmission combination in Australia when the new wagon variant arrives in March.

The car maker’s new Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) will be available as an option to the standard six-speed manual gearbox on the 2013 Subaru Outback 2.0D and 2.0D Premium variants.

Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior said the company was expecting “a very strong order bank” for the Outback 2.0D CVT based on the popularity of the manual.

“Diesel manual Outback now represents around 20 per cent of the model’s sales, so we’re anticipating significant demand for the auto,” Senior said.

Embracing the grille, front bumper, foglight and wheel pattern updates applied to the rest of the 2013 Subaru Outback range, the entry-level Outback 2.0D comes standard with satellite navigation, while the 2.0D Premium adds an electric sunroof, leather upholstery, eight-way power driver’s seat with memory function, and electroluminescent gauges with colour information display.

A diesel auto has been a long time coming for Subaru Australia. By the time the CVT version arrives, it will have been three and a half years since the brand launched its first diesel-powered model – the Outback 2.0D manual – which itself was late to the party, arriving in November 2009.

Subaru is yet to confirm pricing for the new diesel auto variants, although the optional CVT is expected to add around $2000 to the price of the manual versions of the $39,990 Outback 2.0D and $42,990 Outback 2.0D Premium.




  • Quivive

    Life in the even slower (and still ugly) lane. The Grey army will,be rapt!

    • Richard Joash Tan

      AND YOU ARE THE UGLIEST OF ALL!!!!

  • LowRezFez

    I just wish it did not look so bad. It will sell well.

  • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

    Yep still ugly…

    saw the subaru diesel auto ad on the side of the page asking
    ‘Is your SUV up to the Outback?’
    Then it stops on a hill

    Question: Is the Outback up to a small incline with the CVT?

    • Richard Joash Tan

      AND YOU ARE THE UGLIEST OF ALL, YOU BULLS**T!!!!!

  • Luke Brinsmead

    Why so late?

    • Zaccy16

      i think they saw competition to the new passat alltrack with the dsg auto

  • CVT 2.5i Young Family

    Too much torque for the CVT, been sorted now though. Turbos in the same boat.

    • Cars

      You honestly think they’d sell it if it couldn’t handle the torque? Do you think Subaru would make money selling cars that require lots of warranty claims?

      • Sydlocal

         That is essentially what he is saying Cars ie CVTs in the earlier stages couldn’t handle high amounts of torque, that problem has been fixed so now Subaru are releasing the diesel with a CVT that can handle it.

        • Cars

          Got it – cheers!

  • bully hayes

    still butt ugly. even the wheel design has taken a turn for the worse on this update.

    i note 100kg has been knocked off the towing capacity…

    • Richard Joash Tan

      AND YOU ARE THE UGLIEST OF ALL, YOU BULLS**T!!!!!

  • Zaccy16

    Even uglier with this update, they really need to fix how it looks, they get the body from the previous gen liberty/outback and put this disel in it, perfect subaru!

    • bully hayes

       occasionally these come up for sale in nz second-hand – appear to hold their value very well!

  • OverTheHill

    Subaru lost the plot about 10 years ago. Now they just produce 4WD white good equivalent cars. Dull, boring, do the job. WRX is such a poor quality car it’s laughable.

    • Richard Joash Tan

      AND YOU ARE THE UGLIEST OF ALL, YOU BULLS**T!!!!!

  • Kieran

    CVT. Oh dear. Next!

    • Richard Joash Tan

      AND YOU ARE THE UGLIEST OF ALL, YOU BULLS**T!!!!!

  • bully hayes

    this new update has even worse styling… and 100kg taken off the towing capacity – presume that is because theyre trying to protect the gearbox?

  • Don

    I must question the reliability of Subaru. I used to drive Honda for 19 years and I had never had any faulty problem with Honda. I boughted current Outback in Sep 09 and expected that Subaru would be a reliable car. I was wrong. Two recalls in year 2010. The front fender under left front wheel came in year 2011. They told me that it came off because I hit to the curb. But they could not find any scratch marks as I look after my car very well so they had to replace it under warranty. Last Sptember before the warranty was expire, the fuel level sender was replaced under warranty (I used only premium petrol). The latest problem I have now is that the petrol is leaking from the tank because of the broken seal at fuel pump. I am waiting for them to tell me today how much it will cost me to have it fixed? I am not happy!!

  • Scrocker

    well Don, I have a November 2010 model (is this the model you have?), 45,000 kms now and we’ve never been more contented with a car. It has had no issues whatsoever and even in big 6 form runs in the mid 7 litres/100 range when touring. Comfortable, reliable with the feel of a premium quality vehicle (as befitting $60K).
    I’ve written this to simply put another side to your story.

  • Scrocker

    well Don, I have a 3.6 Premium version, November 2009 model (is this the model you have?), 45,000 kms now and we’ve never been more contented with a car. It has had no issues whatsoever and even in big 6 form runs in the mid 7 litres/100 range when touring places such as Arkaroola and the Flinders Ranges, many of the roads being gravel and dirt. Comfortable, reliable with the feel of a premium quality vehicle (as befitting $60K).I’ve written this to simply put another side to your story.

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