Subaru announced today that it will introduce the 2014 Forester crossover at the Los Angeles auto show in late November. That means the new Subaru Forester will probably go on sale early next year.
These official pictures of the 2014 Subaru Forester look almost identical to the leaked brochure photos we saw in September. The crossover gets a more upright, stubby nose with a larger grille, more prominent black lower fascia cladding, and tauter body lines. It looks like a more mature, grown-up version of the current Forester, and the revised grille matches that of the new Impreza, and refreshed 2013 Outback and Legacy.
The new Forester’s wheelbase increases just 0.9 inches (to 103.9 inches), and overall the crossover grows by only 1.4 inches in length and 0.6 inches in width. Even so, Subaru says better packaging will allow for an “exceptionally roomy” cabin with more rear-seat and cargo room. A revised suspension setup is supposed to offer better on-road performance, while matching the current Forester’s 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
The current car’s 2.5-liter flat-four engine, with 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, carries forward as the base engine. It mates either to a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission, both of which are upgraded in order to help improve fuel economy.
Subaru also will introduce an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four engine with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft. It is equipped only with a continuously variable transmission that has hill-descent control. The CVT also can simulate either six or eight fixed gear ratios when drivers use the manual-shift controls.
Optional equipment on the 2014 Subaru Forester will include a Harman/Kardon audio system, backup camera, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, and navigation. (All of those features save the Harmon/Kardon system are already offered on the 2013 Forester.) Foresters with the 2.5-liter engine get 17-inch alloy wheels, while those with the turbo engine have 18-inch alloys.
Subaru hasn’t yet said when the 2014 Forester will go on sale, but we expect to see the car in showrooms by next spring.