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2011 Subaru Forester

Subaru has announced a long list of updates for the 2011Forester SUV. The list of improvements starts with a new engine for the 2.5X models. They get a new 2,498 cc engine delivering 170 HP and 174 lb.-ft. at 4,100 rpm. This engine delivers 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway.

The 2.5X Touring models receive new HID headlights (low beam) with automatic height adjustment, a display audio system with backup camera, dual zone automatic climate control, silver finish roof rails, electroluminescent gauges, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

Also, depending on the model, Subaru is offering new standard audio system, iPod control capability, USB port and Sirius Satellite Radio capability, a new TomTom Navigation System for the 2.5X Premium that includes removable 4.3-inch touch-screen portable navigation device, Bluetooth, Sirius Satellite Radio capability, new 17-inch alloy wheel, and new body-color roof spoiler on 2.5XT models.

Updated 09/24/2010: Subaru today announced prices for the 2011 Forester. The 2.5X manual version is priced at $20,495 and the automatic version at $21,695. The 2.5X Premium manual version is priced at $23,195 and the automatic version at $24,195. The 2.5X Limited is only offered in an automatic version and is priced at $26,495. The 2.5X Touring is priced at $27,995; the 2.5XT Premium at $26,995 and the 2.5XT Touring at $29,995.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

  • All-new engine for Forester 2.5X models (turbocharged 2.5XT retains current engine); new bore/stroke dimensions with slightly longer stroke; displacement slightly larger (2,498 cc vs. 2,457 cc); chain driven double overhead cam vs. belt driven single overhead cam before; 170 horsepower is same as before, at slightly lower rpm; torque is up to 174 lb.-ft. at 4,100 rpm (vs. 170 @ 4,400 rpm); fuel economy is improved: 2011 manual and automatic transmissions — 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway vs. 2010 20/27 for manual and 20/26 for automatic.
  • New 2.5X Touring positioned above Limited: features HID headlights (low beam) with automatic height adjustment; display audio system with backup camera; dual zone automatic climate control; silver finish roof rails; electroluminescent gauges, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
  • 2.5XT models now include 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Touring, the latter replacing 2.5XT Limited as top Forester model.
  • 2.5XT Premium gets new 10-way power driver’s seat.
  • Bluetooth® standard on all but base model.
  • Backup camera standard on 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring as part of new audio system.
  • New standard audio system for 2.5X Premium and 2.5XT Premium: AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player and six speakers; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth® hands free calling and audio streaming; iPod control capability; USB port and Sirius Satellite Radio capability.
  • New optional TomTom Navigation System for 2.5X Premium includes removable 4.3-inch touch-screen portable navigation device; AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/DVD player and six speakers; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling; iPod control capability and USB port. Also, a backup camera is available as an accessory with this system.
  • New audio system with rear camera for 2.5X Limited and Touring and 2.5XT Touring models: AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/DVD player and six speakers; 4.3-inch display screen, Radio Broadcast Data System; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling and audio streaming; iPod control capability; USB port and Sirius Satellite Radio capability. (The backup camera is standard on 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring and available as an accessory for 2.5X Limited.)
  • Driver’s auto up/down window with pinch protection (except base model).
  • New 17-inch alloy wheel design for 2.5X Premium.
  • New body-color roof spoiler on 2.5XT models



5 comments:

Yeah! I agreed that this Forester looks like a boring sedan. It is so simple and very ordinary. I’ve seen already lots of design like that on the road.

Impreza is just a blunt hatchback or a blunt boring sedan, in terms of looks, despite the good hardware underneath the chassis.

so - an all-new engine which gets the same mpg and has the same power output and costs the same as the old one?

Outback looks like an SUV that is still trying to live in it’s old wagon idiom... and Legacy looks like it was hacked out of an Outback’s shape directly... and SUV looks don’t go well on a sedan.

Love hearing that it is more fuel efficient. Great work Subaru.

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