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

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 
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 The hood scoop on Forester 2.0XT models has been replaced by under-hood 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 intercooler. 
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 circle. 
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 column. 
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 range. 
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 CVT. 
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 rotors. 
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 situations. 
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 or 
Joe Felstein or Julie Lychak (905) 
Amyot Bachand Media Relations, Quebec Region (514) 691-9276 
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