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    Subaru Previews The 2014 Forester.. Somewhat

    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    November 1, 2012

    Yesterday, Subaru revealed the WRX and WRX STI Special Editions. Last night, Subaru revealed somewhat of the new Forester.

    The official pictures match up to a leaked brochure scan back in September. The Forester gets a more upright front end with a larger grille, more lower fascia cladding, and tauter body lines.

    Powering the Forester will be either,

    • 2.5L flat-four engine: 170 HP and 174 lb-ft of torque
    • 2.0L turbo flat-four engine: 250 HP and 258 lb-ft

    A six-speed manual and Lineartronic CVT is available on the 2.5L. The 2.0L turbo only gets the Lineartronic CVT.

    The new Forester also comes with a new suspension and 8.7-inches of ground clearance.

    The new Forester will be shown at the LA Auto Show in November.

    Source: Subaru


    Cherry Hill, N.J.,, Oct 31, 2012 - Subaru of America, Inc. today released the first official photos of the all-new 2014 Forester crossover SUV, which will make its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Forester combines a bolder profile than before while offering a roomier interior with virtually the same footprint as the previous model.

    The fourth generation of Subaru’s popular Forester will offer a new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged BOXER® engine producing 250 horsepower. The standard naturally aspirated 2.5-liter BOXER engine debuted in the outgoing Forester model. Fuel economy will be higher across the line with the debut of a new six-speed manual transmission and available Lineartronic® continuously variable transmissions (CVT).

    The all-new five-passenger 2014 Forester preserves the optimal blend of SUV capability and car-like ride and handling that have made the Forester one of the Subaru brand’s best-selling models for the past 15 years. Refined (or New) suspension system delivers agile handling and a highly compliant ride quality. Generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance enhances off-pavement driving capability.

    The 2014 Forester will offer an exceptionally roomy interior, featuring increased rear seat legroom, and an enlarged cargo area. In-demand infotainment features will be offered, including smartphone integration, navigation, rear view camera, and harman/kardon® premium audio amplifier and speakers.

    Basic Vehicle Specifications

    Engine types and output

    2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER, naturally aspirated

    170 hp @ 5,800 rpm 174 lb.-ft. peak torque @ 4,100 rpm

    2.0-liter 4-cylinder BOXER, direct fuel injection, turbocharging, intercooler

    250 hp @ 5,600 rpm* 258 lb.-ft. peak torque @ 2,000-4,800 rpm


    2.5-liter models: 6-speed manual or Lineartronic CVT

    2.0-liter turbo: high-torque CVT with 6-speed and 8-speed manual modes and Hill Descent Control


    Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard for all models


    103.9 in.

    Vehicle length

    180.9 in.

    Vehicle height

    68.2 in (with roof rails)

    Vehicle width

    70.7 in.


    2.5-liter: 17 x 7 in. aluminum alloy with 225/60 R17 all-season

    2.0-liter turbo: 18 x 7 in. aluminum alloy with 225/55 R18 all-season

    * With premium grade gasoline

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    They've done away with the hood scoop on turbo models? That's kind of a shame. I guess it's cheaper to mold a different bumper cover than stamp out a different hood. I prefer the looks of the base model. About what one would expect, and in keeping with what loyalists want, I suspect.

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