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L.A. Auto Show: Subaru previews its 2014 Forester

November 01, 2012|By David Undercoffler
  • Subaru released this image of its 2014 Forester, which will make its official debut at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show.
Subaru released this image of its 2014 Forester, which will make its official… (Subaru )

Getting a head start on its 2012 L.A. Auto Show plans, Subaru on Thursday revealed a few details about its all-new 2014 Forester sport utility vehicle.

Subaru's latest will have two engine choices. The base will be the same 2.5-liter Boxer engine that's in current models. It's good for 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque and will be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.

Meanwhile, an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection will be optional, and is expected to crank out a healthy 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This model, seen below, comes with one transmission option: a CVT with a manual mode simulating six or eight speeds.

Both models keep the outgoing Forester's all-wheel drive, 8.7 inches of ground clearance and basic exterior dimensions. Subaru gave the SUV a more rugged face with sharper angles than its predeccesor. Turbo models get a slightly different front bumper and larger, more aggressive wheels.

Inside, Subaru says it has tweaked the cabin for more legroom, cargo room, and additional (optional) electronic goodies like a navigation system, backup camera and Harmon/Kardon audio system.

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Pricing wasn't announced, but expect the 2014 Forester to be close to current pricing (a base 2013 model starts around $22,000).

Watch for full details on this new Forester and all the news related to the L.A. Auto Show when it rolls into town Nov. 30 through Dec. 9. We'll also be covering the press days live on Nov. 28 and 29.


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