Subaru introduced its Boxer Turbo Diesel engine to the European market at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show in March. Considered the world’s first horizontally opposed turbo diesel engine, the 4-cylinder power plant is expected to be offered in European Subaru vehicles in 2008.


The boxer layout gives the engine inherent advantages. The design contributes to rigidity, which is even more important in high-compression diesel engines than in gasoline-powered ones. Rigidity also contributes to low noise and vibration. The diesel is also compactly designed, allowing it to be used in vehicles previously equipped with gasoline boxer engines.


We are currently studying the feasibility of offering diesel engines in North American markets. Watch for more information in future issues of Drive.


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