Next year, Subaru intends to provide two turbocharged versions of its new-generation four-cylinder boxer engines that use direct gasoline injection, one of which is a 300 hp STI version. According further to this report from Inside Line, Subaru has presented its new FB engines in the U.S. this year. The first car to receive one is the 2011 Forester.
Subaru hopes to offer the force induction 1.6-liter and 2-liter engines in 2012. The units will get a new architecture. What this means is that the turbo would be positioned under the engine, different from the current EJ series engines that feature a high-mounted turbo.
Meanwhile, the intercooler will remain on the top of the cylinder block. The STI powerplant will deliver 300hp, similar to the present engine. However, its fuel economy rating is 10% lower.
But then, there’s an issue on whether the turbo version will be available on the upcoming BRZ sportscar beside the 200 hp naturally aspirated 2.0-liter unit that would come with the vehicle.
Subaru vehicles have a high degree of aftermarket potential since its products are tuner-friendly and offer benefits when it comes to image and direct sales. But similar to the other automakers in this industry, Subaru is transforming into a more environmentally friendly company.
In terms of appearance, the new Subaru Forester is neatly carved yet very muscular, as defined by its multi-grooved wheel-arches, hawk-eye headlamps and burly bumpers. Now, drivers and passengers wearing winter gloves will now find it easier to grip the Forester’s exterior door handles, which now feature deeper recesses. The exterior is accentuated by a flowing fascia design as well as a gas strut-assisted bonnet.
Inside, the new Subaru Forester features sportier instruments as highlighted by their neat design and subtle lighting as well as an extensive vehicle information display that includes an indicator that shows the vehicle’s immediate fuel consumption. The cabin also features a number of interior elements like metallic interior decoration, double-stitched seat cloth and padded armrest cushions. For further enjoyment during a trip, the Forester is provided with a premium audio system featuring Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity.
The diesel version of the Forester provides customers with remarkable equipment levels. Even the base diesel model – the Forester 2.0D X – is provided with Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as well as self-leveling rear suspension and fuel-saving electric power steering. Likewise, the Forester 2.0D X rides on 16 x 6.5-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215 / 65 tires, and is specified with front, side and curtain airbags, 60/40-split rear seats with reclining back-rests and climate control air-conditioning as well as heated front seats, mirrors and windscreen wipers.
It is also provided with electric windows fore and aft, front fog lamps, radio/CD player and vehicle information display, as well as height and reach-adjustment steering wheel, leather-covered steering wheel, handbrake and gearlever.
Cruise control is also provided. On the other hand, the Subaru Forester 2.0D XC builds on the equipment level for the base diesel model, adding certain features like roof-rails, one-touch folding rear seats, HID headlamps and electrically folding door mirrors, as well as a large electrically powered sun-roof and 17 x 7.0inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/55 tires. The Forester 2.0D XC also features a premium audio system with a built-in rear reversing camera and a large display screen.