2014 Subaru Forester: First Look

October 31, 2012

Ahead of an official North American debut of the 2014 Subaru Forester at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru has released first photos of its completely redesigned compact crossover—and based on this first glimpse, it looks more attractive

Included with these photos is an outline of what will power the new Forester. While base versions will be powered by the same naturally aspirated horizontally opposed ('boxer') four—producing 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet—that's used in the current car, the 2014 Subaru Forester will also offer a new direct-injection turbocharged boxer four, making 250 hp and 258 lb-ft on premium-grade gasoline.

Transmission choices for the lineup include a six-speed manual and a Lineartronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and the CVT, curiously, will offer both six-speed and eight-speed manual modes plus Hill Descent Control. And of course, symmetrical all-wheel drive will be standard on the entire model line.

The 2014 Forester is built on what Subaru calls “virtually the same footprint as the previous model,” but its profile looks bolder and decidedly sportier than the current version. Of note are the side mirrors that have been moved farther back from the A-pillars, as in the latest Subaru Impreza, an update of the grille and headlights to match that latest redesign, and more strongly sculpted flanks leading into the taillamps. In two separate pictures, it appears that there are two different versions of the front bumper and lower airdam, with the more aggressive design, and its side scoops and blacked-out bumper areas (and showier wheels to match) likely reserved for the Turbo.

2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Subaru Forester

Comparing basic specs provided in a short release, the 2014 Forester will be only slightly longer and wider, although it looks about two inches taller overall. The 2.5-liter models will ride on 225/60R17 all-season tires, while Turbo models get 225/55R18 all-seasons.

Inside, Subaru boasts that there's more rear-seat legroom as well as an enlarged cargo area. Not much has been said about the feature set, but it will include smartphone integration, navigation, a rear-view camera system, and Harman/Kardon premium audio.

Subaru has given very little additional detail at this time, although it does note that the new Forester has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, for enhanced off-pavement ability, and that there's a new/retuned suspension system for “agile handling and a highly compliant ride quality.”

We anticipate that Subaru will provide more details on the new Forester sometime before its LA show debut. In the meantime, what do you think of the new Forester's look? Let us know in your comments below.

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