Subaru has launched the 2014 Forester at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It will go on sale next spring.
The fourth-generation of the crossover has reached stateside boasting a bolder exterior look and more room inside. It will be available with a new 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbocharged boxer engine producing 250 hp (186 kW); along with the familiar naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter boxer that generates 170 hp (127 kW).
As standard, the new Forester is fitted with the firm's symmetrical all-wheel drive system and promises to return 24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway / 27 mpg combined with the 2.5-liter unit linked to a CVT.
The new model has grown in size, featuring a 103.9 inches wheelbase (0.9 inches more) and an extra 1.4 inches in length and 0.6 inches in width. Thanks to the longer wheelbase, legroom has been increased to 41.7 inches, while cargo room has jumped to 74.7 cu. ft. with the 60/40 split rear seatbacks lowered. It has an 8.7-inch ground clearance, wider-opening rear doors while the side sills are 2 inches lower than before.
It will be sold in four trim levels: base, Premium, Limited and Touring. The turbo engine is available only for the Premium and Touring versions which get as standard a high-torque version of the CVT that has steering wheel switches. The 2.5i versions will be sold with either a new six-speed manual gearbox or the CVT used in the Impreza, Legacy and Outback models.
As standard, the 2014 Subaru Forester has a rear vision camera, multi-function color display, driver's knee airbag, impact-sensing fuel system cutoff, brake override and anti-whiplash front seats. Some of the other available features include keyless access, power rear liftgate with automatic close and a touchscreen navigation system.
More details are available in the press release below.