Although Subaru’s sales figures are up 35 percent from what they were last year, the automaker will continues to keep new content flowing in order to keep customers happy. For the 2011 model year, Forester models are set to receive a revamped 2.5-liter engine along with several other upgrades.
Halfway through its third generation, the 2011 Subaru Forester will receive a slightly updated four-cylinder 2.5-liter boxer engine along with a few other refreshments to keep it current. Output remains the same, at 170 horsepower, but the minor tweaks have bumped torque from 170 to 174 pound-feet and help to wring out slightly improved fuel economy to 21/27 (city/highway) for either a manual or automatic transmission. While XT-badged turbo models retain their current powerplant, all 2.5X trim levels get the slightly revised engine. Displacement has been bumped from 2457 cc to 2498 cc by way of a larger bore and longer stroke. Camshafts were previously belt driven, but are now turned by a chain.
Subaru also added a new 2.5X Touring trim that sits above the Limited but below 2.5XT models. The new model features HID low beam headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, silver roof rails, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. As for the turbo models, Subaru has replaced the top-of-the-line Limited with the Touring, which features a new 10-way power driver’s seat. As part of its new audio system, both Premium models receive a backup camera, while all trims get Bluetooth hands-free calling.
There’s no word yet on pricing or an on-sale date yet for the 2011 Forester, but we expect that information will be available within the next few weeks.