2014 Subaru Forester goes official [video]

To debut at L.A. Auto Show

Subaru has revealed the 2014 Forester, ahead of the car’s debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

After seeing it in a leaked brochure and then in a parking lot, now we have official images and video. This is the fourth generation of the crossover and will be available in the U.S. with a choice of two engines.

The first is a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder boxer naturally-aspirated unit with 170 hp (127 kW) and 174 lb-ft (236 Nm) of torque, connected to a six-speed manual or a CVT. The second engine is a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder boxer turbocharged unit with 250 hp (186 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque, mated exclusively to a CVT.

Compared to the model it replaces, the new Forester has grown in size as it is 4,595 mm (+35mm) long, 1,695 (+20mm) wide and 1,795mm (+15mm) tall, with a 2,640mm (+25mm) wheelbase. The 2.5-liter version gets 17-inch alloys, while the 2.0-liter turbo model is offered with 18-inch wheels.

More details will be released during the L.A. Auto Show.

Source: Subaru

Subaru Reveals All-New 2014 Forester Crossover SUV; New Model to Make North American Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

CHERRY HILL, N.J.Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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

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Comments (4)

zot959 zot959
Total rubbish! This car has been so ugly for so long it's a shame.
Nov 1st, 2012 10:31pm
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rambo_005 rambo_005
That's a lot of Opel Ampera alloy wheel rip off...
Nov 1st, 2012 8:36pm
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tazcubed tazcubed
Not bad. I'll be curious to see how the fuel economy changes with the new engines and transmissions and whether the CVT has been improved enough to be functional, sporty and efficient. From what I've read about the Crosstrek, there's lots of room for improvement with the CVT.
Nov 1st, 2012 3:19pm
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