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12-05-2008, 02:00 PM
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Autoweek.nl is spreading a rumor that Subaru is considering offering a two-wheel-drive version of the Impreza in Europe in an attempt to offer a budget alternative to the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla. The entry-level Impreza would make use of the 107 hp, 1.5-liter boxer four-cylinder and possibly the new 150 hp diesel engine, putting fuel economy above all else. There's also talk of a turbocharged version of the 1.5-liter mill that would slot in between the naturally aspirated variant and Subaru's turbocharged 2.5-liter.

Although Subaru has offered FWD versions of its models in the past, its recent raison d'être of being the all-wheel-drive automaker would be harmed if a FWD variant was added to its lineup. That's why we doubt it will come to fruition and that we'll never seen a FWD Subaru in the States. A rear-wheel-drive Subaru on the other hand...
(http://www.autoblog.com/2008/04/10/toyota-confirms-rwd-sports-car-coming-in-2011-with-subaru-boxer/)
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[Source: Autoweek.nl (http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Frss.feedsportal.com%2Fc%2F804%2Ff%2 F10061%2Fs%2F280e695%2Fl%2F0L0Sautoweek0Bnl0Cnieuw s0Bphp0Did0F10A422%2Fstory01.htm) - Google-translated]Rumormill: Subaru considering FWD Impreza for Europe, turbocharged 1.5-liter (http://www.autoblog.com/2008/12/05/rumormill-subaru-considering-fwd-impreza-for-europe-turbocharg/) originally appeared on Autoblog (http://www.autoblog.com) on Fri, 05 Dec 2008 13:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds (http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/).


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