New model to make its debut in Los Angeles.
Subaru and Toyota have one thing in common besides building a sharing a model that is based on the Toyota 86 platform: both companies play it safe when making updates to important models. In the 2014 Subaru Forester, Subaru rips a page out of the Toyota Camry playback by delivering an all-new model that closely resembles the one that it replaces. The new model offers a slightly different face, a similar footprint and familiar body lines.
In advance of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru has released just two photos of the 2014 Forester, revealing a small SUV with a fresh face, but with body lines that are close to the current edition. The new look will likely satisfy Forester faithful delivering a style that is trusted and reliable. Apparently, Subaru has learned that foisting a radically changed model on its customers like the B9 Tribeca just does not work, so why mess with success?
The new model represents the fourth generation for the Forester. Its base engine is a 2.5-liter BOXER four cylinder, an engine that made its debut with the third generation edition. That engine is rated at 170 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 174 foot-pounds of torque at 4,100 rpm. Subaru pairs this engine with a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.
New for 2014 is an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that will produce more power, making 250 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 foot-pounds of torque at 2,000 to 4,800 rpm. This version will be paired with a continuously variable transmission with 6-speed and 8-speed manual modes. Every Subaru Forester model is powered by all four wheels.
Forester has been one of the best selling models for Subaru since the 1990s. The new edition sits on a 103.9-inch wheelbase and is 180.9 inches long by 70.7 inches wide by 68.2 inches tall, roof rails included. Ground clearance measures 8.7 inches. Standard 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels are set within all-season tires; 18-inch wheels are included with the turbo edition.
Subaru says that the new Forester occupies a footprint nearly identical to the current edition, offering more interior room especially for rear-seating passengers. An enlarged cargo area, new infotainment features, a navigation system with a rear view camera, and a premium audio system will also be offered. More complete details will be revealed when Subaru holds its press conference later this month at the L.A. Auto Show.
Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.