MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is
pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Subaru Forester. While the Forester continues to be available in a wide range of trim
levels including the Forester 2.5X, 2.5X Convenience Package (and 2.5X
Convenience Package with PZEV option), 2.5X Touring Package, 2.5X
Limited Package and the top-of-the-line turbocharged 2.5XT Limited, the
2013 Forester enters the new model year with thoughtful enhancements
for greater style, convenience and safety throughout its lineup.
Select New Features
New for 2013, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity is now standard on all
models, allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on
the road. All models also now gain a MediaHub, allowing quick and easy
connection to iPod or USB files.
The 2013 Forester Touring Package now features 17-inch gunmetal alloy
rims, making this trim level even more distinguished as well as
distinguishable from the rest of the lineup.
A Compact SUV with Huge Functionality
Outstanding on-road handling and maneuverability have been Forester
hallmarks since the model's inception, but the robust body structure,
long-travel four-wheel independent suspension, and up to 225 mm (8.9
inches) of ground clearance help make Forester equally adept at
negotiating twisty roads and absorbing ruts and bumps. The ride quality
is acclaimed as one of the best in the segment.
Framed side windows and large door openings make it easy to get in and
out. The rear gate's generous window enables the average-sized driver
to see a one-metre (3.2-foot) object or person positioned one metre
behind the vehicle. Rear tinted privacy glass is standard. The Forester
2.5X Touring and Limited Package as well as the 2.5XT Limited feature
an extra-large sunroof, allowing front and rear passengers a beautiful
view from all angles.
All Forester models, since the 2012 model year, include a 6-way
adjustable front passenger seat, which also offers height adjustment.
For backseat passengers, reclining rear seats are standard on 2.5X
Touring and Limited Package models as well as on the 2.5XT Limited. The
rear seat incorporates a folding centre armrest and Touring and Limited
Packages gain a rear seat flip-forward seat cushion table with
integrated and illuminated cup holder.
Forester models boast more cargo volume and a larger cargo floor than
most competitors and its standard 60/40-split rear seatbacks fold to
provide a flat cargo floor. With the rear seatbacks raised, the cargo
area is large enough to accommodate four golf bags or four large
The auto-off headlights are a traditional Subaru convenience that can
preserve battery life. On models with the 5-speed manual transmission,
the Hill Holder System can help prevent the vehicle from rolling
backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.
Standard towing capacity of 1,087 kg (2,400 lbs.) with a maximum 91 kg
(240 lbs.) tongue weight is higher than many competitors and is
substantial enough to pull a trailer with two personal watercraft.
Raised-profile roof rails are standard across the range and Subaru
dealers offer a full range of recreational accessories and carriers,
including a trailer hitch, bicycle carrier, and roof-top cargo boxes
for transporting sports equipment and other cargo.
Frugal, Fun SUBARU BOXER Engine
Forester 2.5X models are powered by the naturally aspirated 2.5-litre
dual overhead camshaft (DOHC), 16-valve, horizontally opposed
4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine with Electronic Throttle Control and
Active Valve Control System. This engine develops 170 horsepower at
5800 rpm and 174 lb.-ft. of torque at just 4100 rpm, while the Forester
2.5XT Limited is equipped with a 2.5-litre turbocharged SUBARU BOXER
engine that delivers 224 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 226 lb.-ft. of
torque at 2800 rpm.
A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on the Forester 2.5X and 2.5X
Touring Package. An electronically controlled 4-speed automatic
transmission (4EAT), optimized to provide improved shifting and to
maximize fuel economy, is standard on the 2.5X Convenience Package,
2.5X Limited Package and 2.5XT Limited. The 4-speed automatic
transmission features Manual Mode control for manual gear shifting when
desired. Manual Mode provides three shifting modes: Normal, Sport, and
Manual, each with its own specific shifting and torque converter
Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle Technology
PZEV is a designation awarded to vehicles that meet strict emissions
standards set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Subaru PZEV
vehicles in Canada comply with the CARB Super Ultra-Low Emission
Vehicle tailpipe standard (SULEV) and virtually eliminate fuel-system
evaporative emissions. Compared to an average new vehicle, Subaru PZEV
vehicles have significantly cleaner exhaust emissions. In certain
cases, vehicles meeting PZEV emission standards are even cleaner than
hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles.
The Confidence of Subaru Symmetrical Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive is comprised of the SUBARU
BOXER engine and a full-time all-wheel-drive system that varies by
model and transmission. The aluminum boxer engine and simple,
symmetrical drivetrain layout help to lower the centre of gravity,
which in turn contributes to handling precision.
The 2013 Forester features two versions of Subaru symmetrical full-time
All-Wheel Drive, which make all-wheel-drive traction available all the
time, regardless of speed, gear, or conditions. Models equipped with
the 5-speed manual transmission use a viscous-coupling limited-slip
centre differential that distributes power 50/50 for well-balanced
handling at all speeds.
In all Forester models with the automatic transmission, an
electronically controlled Multi-plate Transfer clutch system actively
manages power distribution based on acceleration, deceleration, and
available traction. This system distributes power 60/40 front/rear
under normal conditions, but balances power 50/50 for maximum grip when
slippage is detected. Control logic in this AWD system enhances
stability by monitoring individual wheel speeds and reacting more
quickly to wheel slippage. The control logic also helps to improve
tight corner braking, contributing to more neutral handling response
(reducing understeer and oversteer).
Independent Suspension for Flatter Cornering
The Subaru Forester was among the first SUVs to ride on a four-wheel
independent suspension, which gives it outstanding ride quality and
exceptional handling dynamics.
All Subaru models feature a strut-type front suspension with a wide
track and long wheel travel. The double-wishbone rear suspension, also
on all models, handles rough roads and sharp corners with both poise
and precision - ensuring maximum tire contact, minimum vibration and
significantly improved ride quality. Together, these characteristics
deliver flatter cornering as well as a quieter, more comfortable ride
over a variety of road surfaces. While the strut-type front suspension
features L-shaped lower arms with liquid-filled rear bushings and
anti-dive geometry, the double-wishbone rear suspension is mounted to a
hydro-formed subframe that is isolated from the body structure. This
configuration also allows maximum rear cargo room and rear seat room.
Vehicle Dynamics Control
Standard on every Subaru, the Vehicle Dynamics Control system monitors
and analyzes if the vehicle is following the driver's intended course
via an array of smart sensors. If the vehicle approaches the limits of
stability, the AWD torque distribution, engine output and brakes at
each wheel adjust automatically to assist in keeping the vehicle on
course. A Vehicle Dynamics Control 'off' switch is useful for driving
out of slushy roads, deep snow or very loose gravel. The 'off' position
deactivates the system's torque-reduction control, while the ABS and
traction control remain active.
Forester Exemplifies Subaru's Safety Leadership
Thanks in part to the extensive use of high-tensile steel, the Forester
is an IIHS Top Safety Pick for occupant protection. This structural
strength also permits relatively thin roof pillars for excellent
visibility, helping to reduce the chances of an accident in the first
The extensive roster of dynamic safety technology in the 2013 Forester
includes standard 4-wheel disc brakes with Subaru's four-wheel,
four-channel, four-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle
Dynamics Control (VDC) electronic stability system, as well as
symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive and Brake Assist. In emergency
braking, drivers usually apply less pedal force than needed even if
they react quickly. Brake Assist detects how quickly the driver has
pressed the pedal, and if pedal velocity exceeds a certain level, Brake
Assist immediately applies system hydraulic pressure up to the ABS
limit to help increase braking effectiveness.
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is also standard. The EBD
system automatically adjusts front/rear brake proportioning based on
vehicle load and is more effective than conventional brake
In all Subaru models, the foundation for outstanding occupant protection
is the advanced ring-shaped reinforcement frame unibody structure, with
a front-end configuration that disperses collision energy in three
directions. This design forms a series of rings around the passenger
compartment, providing protection in a variety of collision types.
High-tension steel side-impact door beams and impact-absorbing foam
materials enhance side-impact safety performance.
Standard passive safety technology includes the Subaru advanced frontal
air bag system (SRS), driver and front passenger seat-mounted
side-impact air bags, and standard side curtain air bags. A rollover
sensor can deploy the side curtain air bags if it detects a potential
vehicle rollover. Active front head restraints help reduce potential
whiplash injury in a rear collision, while a collapsible brake pedal
and impact-absorbing driver's footrest help reduce lower leg injury in
a frontal collision.
About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of more than 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For
complete information about the entire Subaru lineup, including
specifications, go to www.subaru.ca.
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