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The All-New 2014 Subaru Forester: A Supremely Capable SUV

March 11, 2013

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 11, 2013 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today
announced the release of the completely redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester. While still maintaining its strong reputation for safety, performance,
dependability and versatility in the compact SUV segment, the new
Forester is an evolution rather than a revolution in its redesign as it
debuts a bold exterior design and roomier interior along with improved
performance and impressive fuel economy.

For the 2014 model year, Forester will jump to the head of its class in
full-time all-wheel-drive fuel economy as Forester 2.5i models newly
equipped with Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable
transmission) achieve manufacturer-estimated fuel economy ratings of
6.2 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. A new 2.0-litre direct
injection twin-scroll turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine producing 250
horsepower will be introduced on Forester 2.0XT models, while the
naturally aspirated version will continue with the 2.5-litre
horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine producing 170 horsepower.
Standard Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive continues to set
Forester apart from segment competitors.

Bold Design with Added Function

The 2014 Forester preserves the optimal blend of SUV capability and
spirited handling that have made it one of Subaru’s bestselling models
since its introduction in 1997. Hawkeye headlights and a slightly
taller, hexagonally shaped grille anchor the bold front-end design.
Forester 2.0XT models gain an exclusive, aggressive looking
sport-designed front bumper along with mesh-style grille and
chrome-rimmed fog light bezels.

All models feature black side cladding and body-coloured door handles.
Forester’s sporty design incorporates several functional benefits. All
models employ an aluminum hood for lighter weight. Not only has the
A-pillar moved forward, but frontward visibility – a strong point on
the outgoing model – has further improved. New partitioned front-door
side glass, along with door-mounted mirrors, help improve side
visibility and reduce potential wind noise. The hood scoop on Forester
2.0XT models has been replaced by under-hood ducting, further enhancing
forward visibility while supplying air to the turbo model’s

Increased Comfort and Versatility

Built on a new platform featuring a 25-millimetre longer wheelbase,
vehicle length and width has increased by just 35 and 15 millimetres,
respectively, yet the 2014 Forester gains notable gains in roominess
thanks to Subaru’s mastery of efficient vehicle packaging. This
platform also pays dividends in manoeuvrability – a longstanding
Forester hallmark – evidenced by the vehicle’s tight 5.3-metre turning

The all-new interior design capitalizes on increased roominess by also
emphasizing a feeling of greater spaciousness. A longer distance
between the front occupants and instrument panel give the Forester a
more open feel. All models feature a standard tilt/telescoping steering

Thanks to a new type of cushion spring, front seats have become more
comfortable for longer trips while select 2.5i models feature a
reclining rear seatback and a rear seat folding centre armrest with
dual cup holders. To greater accommodate all shapes and sizes, the
front seat hip point is 29 millimetres higher than before. The driver’s
seat height adjustment offers an additional 15.5 millimetres of range
along with 32 millimetres greater fore-aft seat cushion adjustment

The longer wheelbase and specially shaped front seatbacks contribute to
comfortable rear-seat legroom. Subaru also improved comfort and room
for the centre rear-seat passenger by raising the hip point by 36
millimetres, lowering the centre tunnel by 68.8 millimetres and
reducing the length of the front centre console by 100 millimetres.
Combined with increased hip and shoulder room, the 2014 Forester boasts
a more comfortable backseat for three passengers. Rear doors also open
wider for ease of entry and exit. This, along with relocated tether
anchors, makes for easier installation of child seats.

Flattening the load floor even further in the 2014 Forester has
increased maximum rear cargo capacity to 2,115 litres with the standard
60/40-split rear seats folded.

Contributing to Forester’s impressive fuel economy ratings are a new
six-speed manual transmission in 2.5i models and an available
Lineartronic CVT.

Dynamic Performance and Maximized Efficiency

Forester 2.5i models continue with the double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
2.5-litre SUBARU BOXER engine that debuted on the outgoing model. This
engine produces 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Matched to
either the standard 6-speed manual transmission or the CVT, the
2.5-litre engine gives the Forester excellent response in everyday
driving with emphasis on low and mid-range torque.

Turbocharged 2.0XT models debut with a new turbocharged variant of the
FA-series SUBARU BOXER engine first introduced in the Subaru BRZ sports
coupe. In 2014 Forester 2.0XT models, the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder SUBARU
BOXER engine uses a combination of direct fuel injection, high
compression (10.6:1), Subaru’s Dual Active Valve Control System
(D-AVCS) as well as turbocharging with an intercooler to achieve
outstanding performance and high efficiency. The Forester 2.0XT engine
produces 250 horsepower at 5,600 rpm accompanied by a broad torque
curve that peaks at 258 pound-feet over a 2,000 to 4,800 rpm engine
speed range.

The CVT in the 2.5i models and high-torque CVT in 2.0XT models use new
adaptive control. Based on vehicle input received by the transmission
control module, pulley gear ratios are continually optimized based on
driving preferences and road conditions. Forester 2.0XT and Forester
2.5i Convenience, Touring and Limited Package models also include
feature paddle shifters for the CVT, while the entry level Forester
2.5i with the CVT includes a driver-selectable low shift mode, which
can provide additional engine braking when travelling down a grade. All
2014 Forester models feature a new low-oil level indicator.

SI-DRIVE: Better Control, Better Performance

Exclusive to 2.0XT models, Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) is an
engine performance management system that allows the driver to tailor
the vehicle’s driving characteristics by choosing among three
selectable modes – Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp – by using a
switch on the steering wheel.

With Intelligent mode selected, SI-DRIVE provides a more relaxed
throttle response curve, making it useful for commuting in traffic.
Sport mode provides quick throttle response, powerful linear
acceleration and accesses a 6-speed manual mode with steering
wheel-integrated paddle shifters. In Sport Sharp mode, SI-DRIVE
modifies the engine’s electronic throttle mapping to deliver even
quicker throttle response and provides an 8-speed manual mode for the

Agile Handling, Smooth Ride

The 2014 Subaru Forester builds on the reputation for agility and smooth
ride quality firmly established by previous Forester models. The front
strut suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension have been retuned
for the 2014 model year; the rear suspension gains pillow-ball joint
mounts, while pillow-ball bushings have been used to replace the rubber
lateral link bushings previously used on the outer rear of the lateral
link. Newly refined sport-tuned suspension delivers sharper handling
response, along with exclusive chassis enhancements. Forester 2.0 XT
use larger brakes than 2.5i models with ventilated front and rear

For all 2014 Forester models, a new Electric Power Assisted Steering
(EPAS) system contributes to fuel efficiency and also provides
excellent feedback to the driver. The Forester 2.5i entry model now
rides on standard 17-inch steel wheels, up one inch from the outgoing
model. The Convenience Package has standard 17-inch wheels and 2.0XT
models exclusively use black 18-inch alloy wheels, machine finished
with a high-relief design.

Standard Subaru Symmetrical Full-Time All-Wheel Drive

The 2014 Forester is available with two versions of Subaru symmetrical
full-time All-Wheel Drive, which make all-wheel-drive traction
available all the time, regardless of speed, gear or conditions.
Forester 2.5i models equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission use
a viscous-coupling limited-slip centre differential that distributes
power 50/50 for well-balanced handling at all speeds.

In all Forester models with an automatic transmission, an electronically
controlled Multi-Plate Transfer clutch system actively manages power
distribution based on acceleration, deceleration and available
traction. This system distributes power 60/40 front to rear under
normal conditions, but balances power 50/50 for maximum grip when
slippage is detected. Control logic in this AWD system enhances
stability by monitoring individual wheel speeds and reacting more
quickly to wheel slippage. The control logic also helps to improve
tight corner braking, contributing to more neutral handling response
(reducing understeer and oversteer).

All CVT models will also gain a brand new X-Mode and Hill Descent
Control feature that works in conjunction with Subaru symmetrical
full-time All-Wheel Drive, the SUBARU BOXER engine and the brake system
to provide extra control in slippery driving situations. This new
feature allows the vehicle to control the brakes, throttle and other
engine components to ensure improved traction in difficult driving

Vehicle Dynamics Control

Standard on every Subaru, the Vehicle Dynamics Control system monitors
and analyzes if the vehicle is following the driver’s intended course
via an array of smart sensors. If the vehicle approaches the limits of
stability, the AWD torque distribution, engine output and brakes at
each wheel adjust automatically to assist in keeping the vehicle on
course. A Vehicle Dynamics Control ‘off’ switch is useful for driving
out of slushy roads, deep snow or very loose gravel. The ‘off’ position
deactivates the system’s torque-reduction control, while the ABS
traction control remains active.

Forester: Building on Proven Strength in Safety Leadership

The Subaru Forester has established a distinguished reputation for
safety, backed up by achieving the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety TOP SAFETY PICK rating over many years. The 2014 Forester builds
on that record and continues to be built around the company’s proven
ring-shaped reinforcement frame safety structure. With a front-end
configuration that disperses collision energy in three directions, this
design forms a series of rings around the passenger compartment,
providing protection in a variety of collision types. High-tension
steel side-impact door beams and impact-absorbing foam materials
enhance side-impact safety performance.

New safety features for all 2014 Forester models include anti-whiplash
front seats, a driver’s knee air bag, Brake Override and an
impact-sensing fuel system cutoff. The Brake Override system cuts
engine power if the driver applies both the brake and accelerator
beyond a certain threshold. During airbag deployment, the new impact
sensor cuts fuel supply to the engine.

The extensive roster of dynamic safety technology continuing from the
outgoing model includes standard 4-wheel disc brakes with Subaru’s
four-wheel, four-channel, four-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS),
Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) electronic stability system as well as
Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive and Brake Assist. In
emergency braking, drivers usually apply less force than needed even
when reacting quickly. Brake Assist detects how quickly the driver has
pressed the pedal; if pedal velocity exceeds a certain level, Brake
Assist applies system hydraulic pressure up to the ABS limit to help
increase braking effectiveness.

Standard passive safety technology includes the Subaru advanced frontal
air bag system (SRS), driver and front passenger seat-mounted
side-impact air bags, and standard side curtain air bags. A rollover
sensor can deploy the side curtain air bags if it detects a potential
vehicle rollover.

EyeSight Driver-Assist System

The 2014 Forester will offer Subaru’s new EyeSight driver-assist system,
which debuted on 2013 Legacy and Outback models. This stereo
camera-based system, developed by Subaru, provides a detection angle
wider than that of radar-based systems. EyeSight’s preventative safety
technology – which acts as a second set of eyes for the driver -
integrates Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Vehicle Lane Departure
and a Lane Sway Warning, Lead Vehicle Start Alert as well as Adaptive
Cruise Control and Pre-Collision Braking. These latter two features are
especially noteworthy as the 2014 Forester is the only vehicle within
the compact SUV segment to offer them.

New Amenities for Greater Functionality and Convenience

The 2014 Forester debuts new amenities and conveniences along with more
upscale luxury features on higher trim levels. The naturally aspirated
Forester 2.5i will be available in the entry level model as well as a
Convenience Package with a PZEV option, a Touring Package, and a
Limited Package with an EyeSight option. The turbocharged Forester
2.0XT Touring is also available with the Limited Package that can add
an EyeSight and Multimedia option.

The entry level 2.5i model comes generously equipped with a 6-speed
manual transmission or available CVT, voice-activated Bluetooth mobile
phone connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming, a MediaHub for iPod
connectivity as well as air conditioning and heated front seats and
side mirrors, among many others. The Convenience Package gains 17-inch
alloy wheels, a rear-view camera, power driver’s seat and fog lights
and is available with an option for PZEV technology. The Touring
Package adds dual-zone climate control, a new power rear liftgate,
roofline spoiler and extra-large sunroof. At the top of the 2.5i lineup
is the Limited Package, which additionally counts high-intensity
discharge headlights with LED accent lighting, auto-dimming door
mirrors with approach lighting, leather seating surfaces and a Harman
Kardon eight-speaker system among its selected features.

Key features of the turbocharged Forester 2.0XT Touring include
SI-DRIVE, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a power driver’s seat and
extra-large sunroof. The Forester 2.0XT Limited additionally offers
leather seating surfaces, a power rear liftgate, high-intensity
discharge headlights with LED accent lighting and auto-dimming door
mirrors with approach lighting, among many others. EyeSight, as well as
navigation with smartphone integration and Aha radio, is available as
an option on the Limited Package.

The 2014 Forester is set to deliver on three generations of the Forester
promise as the newest reincarnation offers even more value, with the
well-equipped entry model starting from $25,995, and the turbocharged
Forester 2.0XT starting from $32,495. Learn more about the 2014 Subaru Forester and follow the conversation @Subaru_Canada #Forester.

About Subaru Canada, Inc.  

Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For more
information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca.

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

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