The 2013 Subaru Outback will become the first diesel-powered model in Subaru Australia's history to come with the option of an automatic transmission.
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Subaru has confirmed the upcoming Outback 2.0 Diesel will be offered with the Japanese brand's Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), heeding calls from customers for a self-shifting gearbox, particularly in rural and regional areas.

It is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2013 with a price premium over the six-speed manual variants, which are currently priced from $36,490 for the Outback 2.0D and $40,990 for the 2.0D Premium.

Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior said, "The CVT transmissions in our petrol cars are a huge hit, typified by new XV and Impreza, so we can only see good things for Outback auto diesel".

While diesels make up to 20 per cent of Forester and Outback sales, the auto diesel range is limited exclusively to the Outback at this stage, with no announcement of an automatic for the diesel-powered Forester. Fans of the Forester will likely have to wait until the release of the all-new model - due in 2013 - to get their hands on a diesel auto variant.

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