Subaru has revealed more details about its forthcoming diesel WRX.
Speaking to Motor Authority, Dominick Infante, national manager of product communications for Subaru of America said the car will be ?very very quiet? and you will only notice it at idle.
The diesel WRX?s economy will be on a par with the oil-burning Outback, which averages 38mpg on motorway driving, adding the move to diesel results in ?no small increase in fuel economy?.
?At full throttle in this car it?s designed to be very very quiet. That Subie thrum is still there but with the work that the engineers did on quieting the car you really only notice it at idle, under acceleration it?s just really quiet in there,? he said.
There is a also a hybrid Scooby in the pipeline, thanks to the company?s new found friendship with Toyota.
There are few specifics on what kind of car it is but it is expected to have the usual Subaru characteristics, including a symmetrical AWD system and seating for five.
If this isn?t enough Subaru is also working on a pure electric car with its R1e program.
It won?t go into mass production but will be a test bed for a future where Subaru believes plug-in electric cars are a serious option for all driving needs.
Also, one of the reps from Subaru has told me Fuji Heavy Industries is buying up every patent and idea with regard to electric or hydrogen engines.