Subaru has released two pictures and some preliminary details of the all-new 2014 Forester that will make its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

The new Forester arrives with either a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine that produces 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque or a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will make 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The exterior adds some more refinement and the turbo model loses its iconic hood scoop – something some of us are glad to see go. Instead, the turbocharged Forester receives a unique front fascia, seen here in the image above. Subaru says that the Forester's fuel economy will improve, but final numbers have not been released. The Forester will debut a new six-speed manual transmission and a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission. (The CVT includes either six- or eight-speed manual modes so you can swap through the 'gears'.)

The fourth-generation Forester also features a new suspension and 8.7-inches of ground clearance for any tough off-road obstacles.

We'll have all the official details (as well as driving impressions) in about one month's time. For now, scroll down to read Subaru's official press release and stay tuned for the new crossover's live unveiling in Los Angeles.
Show full PR text
SUBARU REVEALS ALL-NEW 2014 FORESTER CROSSOVER SUV; NEW MODEL TO MAKE NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

CHERRY HILL, NJ, November 1, 2012 – Subaru of America 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

Transmission

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

Drivetrain

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard for all models

Wheelbase 103.9 in.
Vehicle length 180.9 in.
Vehicle height 68.2 in (with roof rails)
Vehicle width 70.7 in.

Wheels/tires

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


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 124 Comments
      SurfWRaX
      • 2 Years Ago
      So they are going to can the 4AT transmission? Praise god! Also looking forward to the direct injection engine.
        SurfWRaX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SurfWRaX
        Oh just read you can't get the 6MT with turbo engine. WTF? Shouldn't it be the other way around?
          SethG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SurfWRaX
          In a normal world, yes. But in the world of CAFE, Subaru is going to follow Ford down the path of turbo-charging + transmission programming to maximize mpg under the EPA test. Real world driving performance will suffer and real world efficiency will come nowhere near the gaudy EPA numbers. Nobody will car.
        AndrewNoNumbers
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SurfWRaX
        No surprise. That was the one thing wrong with old car. So excited for the six speed manual.
      thumerzs
      • 2 Years Ago
      For me, on wagons styling is less of a priority than utility. I want it to continue to have a large greenhouse for great visibility, not unlike those old Civic or Mitsubishi (I forget the model's name) wagons. Those were pretty hideous to behold, but they hauled everything but the kitchen sink. The Forester needed improvements in fuel economy an its side-impact crash test. The interior wasn't particularly fancy, but I wouldn't want to trade the functionality of the simple IP set up, for the mass of confusion, multi button dash of current Ford products.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks the same with a aftermarket bumper
      Erik Berge
      • 2 Years Ago
      No hood scoop on the Turbo? I always like that on the Subies. Put that turbo in the outback with the six speed and you'll be talking to me.
        SurfWRaX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Erik Berge
        I'll miss the hood scoop too. You gotta know which ones are force fed.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      The MPG needs to improve dramatically in line with the current Impreza, the current model's 27mpg highway was lousy.
      Davo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad to see the manual transmission. I hope they offer it with the turbo. That could be entertaining.
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      No stick on the turbo...
      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      New WRX motor right there...
      Moreno636
      • 2 Years Ago
      Blehh....god awful styling again. Has there ever been a good looking Forester?
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least Subie is consistent. They make great ugly cars. It's still ugly.
      hubemx
      • 2 Years Ago
      They finally ditch the 4-speed automatic transmission for a.....CVT? WTF! This Forester needs a 6-speed automatic transmission!
        SurfWRaX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hubemx
        Anything will be better than the 4AT, even the CVT. I think both these trannys are upgrades over previous choices.
        Yoshi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hubemx
        The 4-speed EAT was durable, but super outdated (Same with the Rav4). A CVT is a great transmission when the car isn't under-powered. (See: 2013 Accord =D)
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yoshi
          What are you talking about underpowered? The 2013 Accord, even with the CVT, is one of the fastest in its segment even if it is down on power. CVTs work miracles with FE figures and acceleration, but their power delivery is terrible and the reliability doesn't match a traditional automatic transmission.
          wilkegm
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yoshi
          NightFlight- I think that is what he was saying- the new Accord is pretty snappy, inspite (because?) of its CVT.
    • Load More Comments