Subaru could be the next automaker to downsize its engine lineup.
According to a recent report, the Japanese automaker’s deputy general manager of engine department, Yoichi Hori, discussed the possibilities of Subaru’s future engines acknowledging that “the six-cylinder model is decreasing in the world,” and that even the current 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four engine could be downsized to a 2.0-liter turbo engine. Currently there is a 2.0T version of the Outback, but it’s only sold in China due to a tax issue, according to Hori.
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It is likely that Subaru will find ways to give its 2.0-liter mill more power for the future, as automakers continue to optimize fuel efficiency and performance with smaller powerplants. The company is also looking at diesel engines and rumor has it that it’s working on a plug-in hybrid diesel. Unfortunately, Subaru also knows that it’s a small company and needs to choose wisely when it comes to investing into engine development.
Currently the largest Subaru Boxer engine available is a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that serves up to 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. Its 2.5-liter turbocharged-four engine is available with 227, 265 and 305 hp.
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