Subaru’s Outback is now available with diesel power - a first for the Japanese - driving a constantly variable transmission.The new Outback 2.0D Premium Lineartronic joins the existing 2.5i Premium Lineartronic and according to Subaru “brings with it the same high levels of quality, equipment, safety and refinement that Outback customers and fans are already used to, but with benefits brought along by the introduction of diesel power".Image galleryThe four-cylinder turbodiesel produces 110kW at 3600rpm and 350Nm from 1800-2400rpm. Mated to the CVT, fuel consumption is given at 6.5 litres/100km with emissions of at 172g/km. Fuel requirements are strictly low-sulphur/50ppm diesel - be warned! Paddle shifts allow manual control of the transmission in a seven-speed simulation mode.ALL-WHEEL DRIVEThe Outback diesel CVT has Subaru’s AWD system, splitting power between the front and rear axles. The model’s 213mm ground clearance allows it to take on 4x4 trails. Subaru SA marketing manager Ashley Lazarus said: “This new Outback, the first model to feature our boxer diesel technology is exceptionally important. Subaru is widely regarded as being at the pinnacle of Japanese engineering and technology and these are two assets - the other being the CVT - within the company which put us there."This new model also means we are now able to plug a significant gap in our line-up a gap where consumers tend to favour an auto diesel SUV.”Standard on all models are seven air bags, reversing camera and IsoFix child-seat anchors. Safety systems include dynamic stability control, anti-lock brakes, traction control and a lilmilted-slip device.'QUICK ON ITS FEET'The Outback diesel auto is sold with 17” alloys, power sunroof, roof rails and xenon headlights, leather upholstery, power driver’s seat, dual-zone air con with rear ventilation, keyless entry, start button, leather steering wheel, cruise control, electric handbrake and eight cupholders.The new model has a radio/CD unit with auxiliary, MP3, USB and Bluetooth support.Lazarus said: “The new Outback diesel is quick on its feet, smooth on the road, fantastic fun to take off the beaten track and brilliantly economical – it is the perfect all-rounder; the perfect car for lifestyle buyers.”The new Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium Lineartronic retails for R459 000 and is sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty and three-year or 60 000km maintenance plan.