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Aggressive 2014 Forester Revealed in Los Angeles
Hot on the heels of a very successful 2012, Subaru is shaking things up with its introduction of the all-new 2014 Forester. With this iteration the successful five-seater gets more than a mid-cycle refresh; that means it has more room inside, better performance and higher fuel economy.
New for 2014 is a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter boxer with direct injection and a turbo – similar to an engine we may see in the much-rumored BRZ STI. The base model Forester retains a 2.5-liter, naturally-aspirated 170-hp unit.
As usual for Subaru, the Forester uses the trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, but this time, when equipped with a 2.5i and a CVT owners can enjoy a top-end 32mpg on the highway. (24 city, 27 combined)
To score more room on the inside the new platform features a 0.9-inch longer wheelbase (growing to 103.9-inches total.) Length is increased 1.4-inches. Yes, it’s the biggest Forester yet. Will this new super-size impact the drive? We’ll have to wait until January when we’ll have a chance to put it through its paces.
Top-end models gain a new X-Mode control (we assume this is some sort of differential lock, we have a call in for confirmation) for the All-Wheel Drive system, in addition to Hill Descent Control, both welcome inclusions.
One of the big issues with most crossovers in this class is the lack of ride-height. Most top out at only 7 or 8 inches of clearance. Here, the new Forester doesn’t disappoint, boasting 8.7-inches of total ground clearance.
If you’re looking for more street style, Subaru has provided the turbo-charged 2.0XT with sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels and larger, ventilated brakes. All the things you need, sans a stick option – yes, the turbo is only available in an automatic. Natch.
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