2014 Subaru Forester: Ready for the Los Angeles Auto Show
The Subaru Forester was initially introduced in 1997, a time when the car market was dominated by models such as Scenic, Ka and Passat; with all these cars now playing a secondary role in today’s international sales figures, it is easy to realize how hard it can be for a vehicle to maintain strong success 15 years later. But Subaru's Forester never was a vehicle too concerned about popularity. Over the years, it has instead built a reputation for being a reliable, no-frill crossover SUV which pays more attention to substance than appearance. However, this is probably not enough in today’s car industry, where there still needs to be a good dose of style and techie details to catch the eye of increasingly more demanding buyers. Conscious of such circumstances, Subaru is now getting ready to introduce the 2014 Subaru Forester, which will be presented at the Los Angeles auto show in November. CVT is the main introduction, taking over from the previously available four-speed automatic transmission. For more traditional drivers, the six-speed manual transmission is also available.
In the 2014 version, the 2.5L I-4 engine has remained the same, while the 2.0L turbo has gone up from 224 hp to 250 hp, also reaching 258 lb-ft of torque - a significant improvement on the previous 226 lb-ft. Overall, the car has increased in size, being now 35mm longer and 20mm wider, making its big interior even roomier. And to finish off this SUV in the best of ways, the infotainment system integrates your smartphone, it includes navigation, rear view camera and top quality Harman-Kardon amplifiers. With a refined safety package already present in the 2013 version, the 2014 Forester is also expected to include collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. For what concerns release dates, the new Forester will officially be released in Japan on November 13th, while European and American dates are yet to be announced.