The first images and information of fourth generation Subaru Forester SUV has been leaked online through new Forester’s Japanese market brochure. The images clearly show that new Subaru Forester compact SUV is to be based on the revised version of the newest Impreza platform and will hit the Japanese showrooms this November followed by its European debut in 2013 and US in 2014.
The 2013 Subaru Forester has grown considerably in size and now it measures 4,595mm long, 1,795mm high and 1,695mm wide which is 35mm longer, 15mm taller and 20mm wider than current Forester. With a wheelbase of 2,640mm, new Subaru Forester is 25mm longer to give more inner space for the passengers to feel relaxed. There remains ambiguity about the cargo space, as there are two numbers provided i.e. 505-liters and 488-liters. The number will be clear only when the compact SUV sees the light of the day.
In Japan, new Forester SUV will come with two engine options: naturally aspirated 2.0-liter boxer engine and 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged powerplant. The former is capable of delivering 146hp. Engine can be connected to a six speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The latter delivers 276 ponies and will be aligned with a CVT. However, the European, American and Australian markets might get either a 2.5-litre petrol engine rated at 173 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of peak torque or a 2.0-liter petrol engine together with a diesel engine option.
Talking about the exterior and interior, the 2013 Subaru Forester SUV takes the station wagon shape to next level by aggressive hawk eye headlights, bold grille, bulging curves in the lower portion of the doors and new lights at rear end. Apart from this, distinct front bumper with huge side air intakes and Forester runs on huge, sporty alloy wheels, which clearly indicate that like its predecessor, it will be at ease on both on and off roads. A look inside revels the interiors similar to new Impreza and XV models with information screen on center stack, SetNav and three spoke steering wheel.