Subaru Introduces All-New 2014 Forester® Crossover SUV At Los Angeles Auto Show

  Subaru Introduces All-New 2014 Forester® Crossover SUV At Los Angeles Auto

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oAll-new design with improved performance, economy, comfort and space
  oUp to 32 mpg estimated highway fuel economy
  oNew 250-hp direct-injection turbocharged 2.0-liter BOXER engine available
  oNew 6-speed manual transmission for 2.5i models
  oNew Lineartronic^® CVT, with 2.0XT also featuring 6-speed and 8-speed
    manual shift modes
  oEnhanced Active AWD system with X-Mode and Hill Descent Control
  oAvailable EyeSight^® driver assist technology

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Subaru of America, Inc. today introduced the all-new 2014 Forester, the fourth
generation of its popular all-wheel drive crossover SUV, at the Los Angeles
Auto Show. The 2014 Forester debuts a bolder exterior design and roomier
interior, along with improved performance and higher fuel economy across the
line. The 2014 Forester arrives in Subaru dealerships next spring.

The five-passenger 2014 Subaru Forester is a total re-design of the acclaimed
crossover SUV that's built a strong reputation for safety, performance,
dependability and versatility. With virtually the same footprint as the
outgoing model, the 2014 Forester offers expanded room, comfort and utility. A
new 250-horsepower 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged BOXER engine leads
the line, which will also include models powered by a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter
naturally aspirated BOXER engine.

As with all previous Forester models, the 2014 version comes standard with
Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a distinction from competitive models that
come with front-wheel drive as standard and offer all-wheel drive as an
extra-cost option. The 2014 Forester will jump to the head of its segment in
all-wheel drive fuel economy, with the 2.5i models with the CVT achieving
manufacturer-estimated fuel economy ratings of 24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway /
27 mpg combined.

The 2014 Forester combines evolutionary design themes with sharply defined new
details in an all-new body. The 2.0XT models feature an exclusive aggressive
looking sport design front bumper along with a one-piece mesh style grille and
chrome-rimmed fog light bezels.

The 2014 Forester is built on a new platform featuring a 0.9-inch longer
wheelbase (now 103.9 inches). Vehicle length is increased by just 1.4-inch,
and width by 0.6-in., yet thanks to Subaru's mastery of efficient vehicle
packaging, the 2014 Forester offers notable gains in roominess, particularly
in the rear seat, where legroom is now 41.7 inches. Higher seat hip points, a
lower center tunnel and shorter front console also provide greater legroom and
comfort for the center rear seat passenger. Maximum rear cargo area room with
the 60/40 split rear seatbacks lowered is now 74.7 cu. ft., which is among the
best in class.

The 2014 Forester 2.5i model will be available in base, Premium, Limited and
top-line Touring versions. The turbocharged Forester 2.0XT will be offered in
the Premium and Touring versions. The 2.5i models offer a choice between a new
6-speed manual transmission and the Subaru Lineartronic continuously variable
transmission (CVT) that is also used in the Subaru Impreza^®, Legacy^® and
Outback^® models. A high-torque version of the CVT is standard in the Forester
2.0XT models, where it features 6-speed and 8-speed manual shift modes with
steering wheel paddle switches.

High-line 2014 Forester models equipped with the CVT also feature new X-Mode
control for the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Hill Descent Control to
provide extra control in certain driving conditions. New safety features for
all 2014 Forester models include anti-whiplash front seats, a driver's knee
airbag, Brake Override and an impact-sensing fuel system cutoff.

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. In addition to the turbo engine, the 2.0XT models deliver sharper
handling responses from a sport-tuned suspension with 18-inch wheels, and the
2.0XT also features larger brakes than the 2.5i models, with ventilated front
and rear rotors.

The Forester's four-wheel independent suspension system delivers agile
handling and a highly compliant ride quality. The 8.7 inches of ground
clearance is higher than for many crossovers and SUVs. Yet, the Forester
maintains a comfortably easy and low step-in, enhanced in the 2014 model by
wider-opening rear doors and by side sills that are 2 inches lower than

The 2014 Forester debuts new amenities and conveniences, along with more
upscale luxury features on high-line models. All but the base 2.5i model come
with a standard rear vision camera and color multi-function display. New
available features include a power rear liftgate with automatic close, Keyless
Access and Start and the EyeSight driver assist system. Using a stereo camera
system developed by Subaru, rather than radar, EyeSight integrates Adaptive
Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.

The available touch-screen navigation system offers smartphone integration
with Aha^® smartphone integration features. The top-line Touring models come
standard with the navigation system plus an eight-speaker, 440-watt
harman/kardon^® audio system.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries
Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and
distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All
Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru
of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be
designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
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Contact: Dominick Infante
         Subaru of America, Inc.
         Jessica Tullman
         Subaru of America, Inc.

SOURCE Subaru of America, Inc.

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