Subaru Forester will receive a new turbo engineSeptember 9, 2020
The Japanese automaker will finally equip the Subaru Forester with a turbocharged engine that will help the SUV get closer to its faster rivals.
The Subaru Forester attracts buyers around the world, but its performance has never really stood out. In a segment that has some really worthy competitors under the hood with turbocharged engines, the Forester’s reliable 2.5-liter four-cylinder simply can’t compete. However, this didn’t seem to bother fans as the Forester was doing well in sales.
These numbers could get even better as Japanese media reports the Forester is getting a turbocharged engine that replaces the naturally aspirated Boxer unit, further enhancing its appeal. It will be a forced air 1.8-liter engine that is also used by the Subaru Levorg estate. It is reported that this turbo engine produces 174 hp. and 300 Nm of torque, making it “slightly less powerful, but much more torque”, the 2.5-liter engine producing 182 hp. and 238 Nm.
Given that Subaru’s US office recently announced pricing for the 2021 Forester and did not mention this turbocharged engine, it is unclear if the new motor will join the US lineup or replace the 2.5-liter powertrain entirely at some point. This, according to the Americans, would correct one of the few shortcomings of the Forester lineup.
The Japanese edition reports that this updated Forester is expected in Japan on October 22nd, and although the engine is new, the CVT transmission will remain unchanged. The trim levels will also largely remain unaffected. Forester’s competitors include the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. The latter is offered with a powerful 250-horsepower turbo engine that makes many of its competitors “swallow the dust.”
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