In what will be the first major overhaul of Subaru’s trademark boxer engine in 20 years, the automaker plans to introduce a next-generation, horizontally opposed engine by the end of the year. The model will first debut in the Forester crossover and then make its way into other Subaru models, according to a report by Japan”s Nikkei Sangyo business daily.
The new powerplant will make its way into the Legacy sedan, Impreza and Exiga, a minivan sold only in Japan. Sources say that the new boxer engine will get 10 percent better mileage than the outgoing one. Nikkei Sangyo says that the engine will be a 4-cylinder, horizontally opposed ‘boxer’ ranging between 2.0 and 2.5 liters.
A spokesman for Fuji Heavy Industries, the company that owns Subaru, said that the company would introduce a new engine by year end, however, he declined to give specifications.
– By: Omar Rana
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