Redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester Debuts New Turbo Engine
According to Subaru, the 5-passenger 2014 Forester is "all-new" and the crossover SUV's interior is roomier, while the exterior remains the same size. Rear-seat leg room and cargo space have expanded from the previous-generation model, and Subaru says the 2014 Forester will be offered with smartphone integration, navigation system, reversing camera, and premium Harman/Kardon audio system.
Two engines will be offered with the 2014 Forester. The standard Forester model will be fitted with the same 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter boxer-type 4-cylinder engine installed in the current model. However, fuel-economy ratings will improve due to pairing the engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a new continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The upgraded engine will be a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged boxer-type 4-cylinder, capable of generating 250 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,000 and 4,800 rpm when operated on premium gas. A "high-torque" CVT will be standard with the turbocharged engine, and Subaru says it will offer manual shifting modes calibrated to mimic a 6-speed or an 8-speed transmission. Hill-descent control will be standard on the 2014 Forester Turbo.
The new Forester retains its 8.7-inch ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive, but is equipped with a revised suspension that offers "agile handling and a highly compliant ride quality," according to Subaru. The base model is equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels, while the Forester Turbo upgrades to a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels.
More details regarding the redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester will be available closer to its debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show.