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Subaru Forester gets new engine for 2011, improved fuel economy

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Subaru Forester gets new engine for 2011, improved fuel economy

by Chris Shunk (RSS feed) on Jul 1st 2010 at 5:19PM

The current Subaru Forester started life with a Motor Trend SUV of the Year award, followed by strong sales that helped Subaru succeed in a down auto market. The story gets a bit better for the 2011 model year with a new 2.5-liter boxer engine and a host of added features.

The new engine retains the same displacement as the outgoing mill and achieves the same 170-horsepower, but it's now packing a chain driven double overhead cam versus the belt driven single overhead cam before. The result is maximum horsepower available at a lower RPM and an additional four pound-feet of torque (to 174 lb-ft). The new 2.5-liter helps the Forester post 21 miles-per-gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway whether you're sporting the manual or automatic transmission. That's up one mpg versus the outgoing model.

Other changes include a new model; the Subaru 2.5XT Touring, which slots above the Limited model. Among the standard features on the Touring model are HID headlamps, backup camera and dual-zone climate control. Subaru is also adding a 2.5XT Premium model (old model was 2.5X Premium), which includes a 10-way power driver's seat, an upgraded stereo with six speakers, Bluetooth and a USB port for your iPod. Also available is a removable 4.3-inch TomTom Navigation System for directions on the cheap. Hit the jump to read over the Subaru presser if you're interested in all the details.

[source: Subaru]

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Forester®

• All-new engine for Forester 2.5X models (turbocharged 2.5XT retains current engine); new

bore/stroke dimensions with slightly longer stroke; displacement slightly larger (2,498 cc vs.

2,457 cc); chain driven double overhead cam vs. belt driven single overhead cam before; 170

horsepower is same as before, at slightly lower rpm; torque is up to 174 lb.-ft. at 4,100 rpm

(vs. 170 @ 4,400 rpm); fuel economy is improved: 2011 manual and automatic transmissions

-- 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway vs. 2010 20/27 for manual and 20/26 for automatic.

• New 2.5X Touring positioned above Limited: features HID headlights (low beam) with

automatic height adjustment; display audio system with backup camera; dual zone automatic

climate control; silver finish roof rails; electroluminescent gauges, and side mirrors with

integrated turn signals.

• 2.5XT models now include 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Touring, the latter replacing 2.5XT

Limited as top Forester model.

• 2.5XT Premium gets new 10-way power driver's seat.

• Bluetooth® standard on all but base model.

• Backup camera standard on 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring as part of new audio system.

• New standard audio system for 2.5X Premium and 2.5XT Premium: AM/FM stereo with single-

disc CD player and six speakers; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth® hands free calling and

audio streaming; iPod control capability; USB port and Sirius Satellite Radio capability.

• New optional TomTom Navigation System for 2.5X Premium includes removable 4.3-inch

touch-screen portable navigation device; AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/DVD player and

six speakers; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling; iPod control capability

and USB port. Also, a backup camera is available as an accessory with this system.

• New audio system with rear camera for 2.5X Limited and Touring and 2.5XT Touring models:

AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/DVD player and six speakers; 4.3-inch display screen,

Radio Broadcast Data System; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling and

audio streaming; iPod control capability; USB port and Sirius Satellite Radio capability. (The

backup camera is standard on 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring and available as an accessory

for 2.5X Limited.)

• Driver's auto up/down window with pinch protection (except base model).

• New 17-inch alloy wheel design for 2.5X Premium.

• New body-color roof spoiler on 2.5XT models

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/07/01/subaru-forester-gets-new-engine-for-2011-improved-fuel-economy/

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