2014 Subaru Forester to debut at the LA Auto Show
The Subaru Forester first made its appearance in 1997 and now the fourth-generation 2014 Subaru Forester sees the light of day with official pictures and details being released by the Japanese manufacturer.
The Forester has grown in dimensions to provide “exceptionally roomy interior, featuring increased rear seat legroom, and an enlarged cargo area but the car retains traditional stylistic cues. It is now 4,595 mm long, 1,795 mm and 1,695mm wide. Ride quality will see a further improvement with the longer 2,640 mm wheelbase.
The new Forester is equipped with an infotainment system with smartphone integration, navigation, rear view camera, and harman/kardon sourced premium audio system.
North American customers will be offered with a choice of either 2.5-litre boxer motor that produces 170 hp at 5,800 rpm and 236 Nm at 4,100 rpm or a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder that makes 250 hp at 5,600 rpm and 350 Nm from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm. The naturally aspirated engine gets a 6-speed manual or a Lineartronic CVT and will ride on 17-inch 225-section tires. Meanwhile the force-fed engine gets a high-performance CVT and will get fancier 18-inch 255-section tires. All models get a symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
In Japan however, the new Forester’s will be powered by a 146 hp 2.0-litre flat-4 coupled with either a 6-speed manual or a CVT, or a 276 hp 2.0-litre turbocharged boxer, CVT being the only option in the latter.
The new Forester will hit Japanese showrooms in November 13 and it will make its North American debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 30. Expect it to arrive in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC markets by the beginning of next year.
I know someone who covered 550K in 7 years in 03′ Forster. Let me correct that,7 years of abusing and still had absolutely no problem !. Amazing durable car. Unfortunately the dealer here in KSA is one of the worst in promoting and providing parts,so it doesn’t get the props it deserves.
Well mate,the dealer in Dubai is not far behind. Lousy sales staff (one of them was quite good & he left for better pastures….to Al Futtaim). There’s one worthless Manager in charge of the showroom who’s just good in threatening employees with a termination if they don’t perform. But when it comes to their own inputs regarding marketing plans, brand recognition, brand awarenenss etc., they are way behind. So all in all, I don’t see this as a coincidence that KSA & Dubai has got bad dealers of Subaru. I look at it more like Subaru doesn’t care for these markets. Otherwise it doesn’t take much to see through and take corrective measures.
Forgot to add, you should see the attitude of the Service Manager of Dubai Service. Makes you think why you bought the car in the first place. But when I drive the car, when I hear the engine roar giving me 258hp from it’s 3.6, I tend to forget them all, of course, dreading my day when I’ve to go back there for my next service since I’ve to see their faces. Maybe I’ll check with Dynatrade or some other service stations and check whether they service Subaru vehicles.