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2011 Subaru Forester Gets New Engine, Extra Features

Subaru yesterday announced a new engine for the 2011 version of the Forester range, as well as a bunch of feature updates offered as either standard or optional.

Specifically, the new 2.5-liter engine develops 170 horsepower, just like the unit it replaces, at a slightly lower rpm, while torque has been increased to 174 lb-ft at 4100 rpm, as compared to 170 lb-ft at 4,400 on the outgoing configuration.

The Japanese automaker claims that fuel consumption is improved, regardless if the car is equipped with a manual or an automatic transmission: 21 mpg (11.2 l/100km) city / 27 mpg (8.7 l/100km) highway vs. 2010 20/27 (11.7/8.7) for manual and 20/26 (11.7/9) for automatic.

In addition, the 2011 lineup received several changes, as follows:
  • New 2.5X Touring positioned above Limited: features HID headlights (low beam) with automatic height adjustment; display audio system with backup camera; dual zone automatic climate control; silver finish roof rails; electroluminescent gauges, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
  • 2.5XT models now include 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Touring, the latter replacing 2.5XT Limited as top Forester model.
  • 2.5XT Premium gets new 10-way power driver's seat.
  • Bluetooth standard on all but base model.
  • Backup camera standard on 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring as part of new audio system.
  • New standard audio system for 2.5X Premium and 2.5XT Premium: AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player and six speakers; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling and audio streaming; iPod control capability; USB port and Sirius Satellite Radio capability.
  • New optional TomTom Navigation System for 2.5X Premium includes removable 4.3-inch touch-screen portable navigation device; AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/DVD player and six speakers; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling; iPod control capability
  • and USB port. Also, a backup camera is available as an accessory with this system.
  • New audio system with rear camera for 2.5X Limited and Touring and 2.5XT Touring models: AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/DVD player and six speakers; 4.3-inch display screen, Radio Broadcast Data System; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling and
  • audio streaming; iPod control capability; USB port and Sirius Satellite Radio capability. (The backup camera is standard on 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring and available as an accessory for 2.5X Limited.)
  • Driver's auto up/down window with pinch protection (except base model).
  • New 17-inch alloy wheel design for 2.5X Premium.
  • New body-color roof spoiler on 2.5XT models


 
 
 
 
 

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