Subaru recently announced that the 2013 Subaru Forester will make its world premiere on November 13 in Japan. It is likely to make an appearance at the LA Auto Show later this month for its North American debut. Subaru claims that the new Forester aims to give a higher level of driving, handling and stopping capabilities as well as enhanced safety and environmental performance; and excellent drivability in all road conditions.
The Forester will be powered by either a 150PS 2.0-liter DOHC NA Boxer which is found in the Impreza and XV, or a new 2.0-liter DOHC direct-injection turbo boxer engine pushing out 280PS at 5700rpm and 350Nm of torque from 2000-5600rpm. Both engines will be mated to a Lineartronic CVT transmission. The fourth generation Forester SUV will ride on Subaru’s original Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel Drive) system which was its drivetrain since 1997.
While looking quite similar to its predecessor, the new Forester is based on a new platform and not just a facelift. The wheelbase has been extended by 25mm from the previous to 2640mm, which also makes it 5mm longer than the XV. The body is also 35mm longer, 20mm wider, and 35mm taller. A reconfigured interior has also resulted in increased rear seat legroom and more cargo space.
Parent company Fuji Heavy Industries Inc. (FHI) has also announced a special countdown website to raise customer interest, the website can be accessed through www.subaru.jp/countdown/index.html.