An all-new Subaru Forester SUV made its world premiere on November 13 in Japan. First introduced in 1997 and based on the Impreza compact sedan, the Forester has become more of a pukka SUV than the 4×4 wagon it started out as. The fourth-generation Forester looks a lot like the outgoing SH model from the A pillar rearwards. The nose and wheels are strongly reminiscent of the recently launched XV compact sport-utility.
As before, it will feature the marque’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
Subaru says the new car will have better performance, handling and braking. Safety and environmental performance are also said to be better.
|Specifications (Japanese models)|
|L x W x H (mm)||4 595 x 17 95 x 1 695|
|Wheelbase (mm)||2 640|
|Engine||2,0-litre four-cylinder horizontally opposed DOHC|
|Transmission||Lineartronic (CVT) or 6-speed manual|
|Power||109 kW (normally aspirated) 206 kW (turbocharged)|
|Torque||196 N.m at 4 200 r/min; 350 N.m at 2 000 – 5 600 r/min|
|Tyres||225/60 R17 and 225/55 R18|
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