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Subaru targets efficiency with 2 turbocharged 4 cylinder engines

By FaezClutchless on 27 Sep 2011

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Subaru has long been known as a producer of quirky and capable all-weather vehicles, but fuel economy has never really been the automaker’s forte. With escalating gas prices and government fuel standards looming, though, Subaru will shift its focus to efficiency with a pair of new low-displacement turbocharged engines along with a host of other thrifty tactics.

The company is expanding its FB engine family with an upgraded version of the 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder from the upcoming Impreza, as well as a new 1.6 liter variant. Both motors will employ direct fuel injection and turbocharging in order to help Subaru achieve its goal of a 30 percent increase in fuel economy across its entire model range by 2015.

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Subaru will also begin displacing torque-convertor automatics with a revised version of its Lineartronic CVT, seemingly believing that the latter transmission is the better way to meet its efficiency target. Furthermore, the company will try Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s tactic of “adding lightness” by building future vehicle platforms with lightweight, high-strength steel, a measure that should help to offset the weight burden of all-wheel drive carried by all Subaru models.

Finally, Subaru revealed that the automaker is deep into the development of its own hybrid system utilizing engines from the FB family. The system is slated to debut in Japan in 2013 before quickly spreading to other global markets.

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Written by FaezClutchless
Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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Heartbreakid Sep 27 2011 06:12 PM
CVT is never a good transmission as far as response is concern. Overtaking power is often lagging. There are only two things good about CVT, outright smoothness and efficiency.
Darthrevan Sep 27 2011 06:16 PM
even Subaru moving towards CVT laugh.gif
Heartbreakid Sep 28 2011 06:07 PM
I know Subaru is not just well known for its Boxer engine smoothness delivery, but also the AWD handling. But the AWD trade off is weight and hence penalty on fuel consumption. Either do away with it or make FWD an option, that will surely improve fuel economy drastically. Does a 1.5 really needs an AWD anyway when it is already struggling with performance and given average economy?
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