2011 Subaru Forester to receive new engines and upgrades

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Subaru's sales are up 35% from last year's figures, it will still release new products. The 2011 Forester models will receive a series of upgrades that include a revamped 2.5-liter engine. To keep the 2011 Subaru Forester current, it will get a slightly updated four-cylinder 2.5-liter boxer engine halfway through its third generation.

Output is maintained at 170hp but because of some minor tweaks, torque has been raised from 170 to 174 pound-feet. The model also gets a slightly improved fuel economy to 21/27 (city/highway) for either a manual or automatic transmission.

The XT-badged turbo models are able to keep their current powerplant but all 2.5X trim levels will be powered by the slightly revised engine.

By way of a larger bore and longer stroke, displacement has been raised from 2457 cc to 2498 cc. Previously, the camshafts were belt-driven but they are now turned by a chain. A new 2.5X Touring trim, which is slotted above the Limited but below 2.5XT models, was also added.

The new model is equipped with HID low beam headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, silver roof rails, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. With regards to the turbo models, the top-of-the-line Limited was replaced with the Touring, which features a new 10-way power driver's seat.

As part of the new audio system, both Premium models are installed with a backup camera and all trims receive Bluetooth hands-free calling. Pricing information and the sale date for the 2011 Forester are expected to be announced in the next few weeks.

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