2014 Subaru Forester Breaks Cover in Japanese Brochure

By Jacob Brown | September 25, 2012
When a new Subaru Impreza debuts, it's almost a sure thing that a redesigned Subaru Forester, which shares the same basic platform, is going to follow quickly. An all-new Impreza launched for the 2012 model year. So with all that said, here's the 2014 Subaru Forester making its uncamouflaged debut in a Japanese brochure, marking the fourth generation of compact crossover from the automaker since 1998. Doing our best to translate a little metric, it looks like the 2014 Subaru Forester will grow 1.3 inch longer, 0.6 inch wider, and gain nearly an inch of space between the front and rear wheels to increase passenger volume. Inside, much like Foresters of yore, it will borrow design elements liberally from the Subaru Impreza and XV Crosstrek.
Powering the Japanese-market 2014 Subaru Forester will be new "FB20" 2.0-liter flat-4 that made its debut in the Impreza. It makes 148 horsepower, which is down 22 horsepower from the 2.5-liter engine it replaced, but with a notable increase in fuel efficiency. That engine may not make sense for the U.S.-bound crossovers; we anticipate the more powerful "FB25" 2.5-liter four-cylinder from the Subaru Legacy will power the Forester in the States instead. The upcoming model may also mark the introduction of the award-winning diesel engine Subaru has sold overseas for close to a decade now, as well as turbocharged variants that should bump the little crossover to nearly 300 horsepower. Transmission choices will be Subaru's continuously variable automatic transmission or a five-speed manual transmission. The 2014 Subaru Forester looks to be a better-appointed, larger vehicle than the one it replaces, bringing the fight directly to the rapidly moving competition. We've posted a gallery below to show the differences between the current model and the 2014 Subaru Forester. Be sure to check back here with more details as they're released. Source: Carscoop