The Forester 2.0D and Impreza 2.0D bring 147 and 148 horsepower, respectively, to the table. But as in all turbodiesels, the drivability story is torque. Both models offer up a stout 258 lb-ft of torque at a low 1,800 rpm, giving these relatively small vehicles what is sure to be spunky around town, off road, and hill-climbing performance. The other side of the diesel story is efficiency, with a combined fuel economy rating of 44.8 mpg in the European cycle.
Both Forester and Impreza turbodiesels features a new six-speed manual gearbox and, we hope, more than the four ratios offered up by Subaru's automatics in the U.S. Though with all that torque, only four ratios probably wouldn't present the liability it does in some of Subaru's gas engines. This may be a moot point for America, though, as talk from Subaru of this diesel engine for the North American market is nonexistent.--Colin Mathews