Subaru Forester revealed

28 Nov, 2012 7:24pm Jack Rix

The new, bigger Subaru Forester has been revealed at the 2012 Los Angeles Motor Show

Subaru has taken the wraps off a new version of its rugged Forester SUV at the LA Motor Show.

The Forester is essentially a jacked-up estate using Impreza underpinnings. It has always struck a chord with UK buyers, thanks to its no-nonsense, utilitarian image, and this new version picks up where the old one left off.

Major styling changes are at the front, where the old full-width grille has been replaced with a squarer intake set at a more upright angle. New headlights and slashes in the front bumper leading down to revised foglights finish off the top-spec models, while base-spec models have a slightly softer front-end design.

The dimensions have increased, too - the new Forester is 35mm longer, 20mm wider and 15mm taller than the outgoing model, while the wheelbase has been stretched by 25mm. 

As the pictures you see here are of the US-spec car, only the US engine options have been announced. They include a 170bhp 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engine and a 250bhp 2.0-litre turbo. Six-speed manual and CVT gearboxes will be offered.

When it reaches the UK sometime next year, expect the UK-spec Forester to be fitted with the same 148bhp 2.0-litre petrol and 145bhp 2.0 diesel engines as the current car. It's yet to be confirmed whether the high-performance 2.0-litre turbo version will make it to the UK.  

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Much more distinctive than current model

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