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Subaru details new engines, changes to 2011 Forester

Adding to a previous announcement, Subaru has revealed the full details for its refreshed 2011 Forester wagon.

Subaru trickled some details surrounding its refreshed Forester months ago, but now the automaker has fully revealed its list of changes for its iconic wagon.

Although the strong-selling 2011 Subaru Forester might look the same inside and out for 2011, non-turbocharged models boast a modestly modified flat four with slightly more accessible power and improved fuel economy.

All Forester 2.5X models receive a new 2.5-liter flat four with new bore and stroke dimensions and a slightly longer stroke. Displacement increases from 2,457 cc to 2,498 cc. Torque increases by 4 lb-ft. to 174 lb-ft. and now peaks at 4,100 rpm (previously 4,400 rpm).

Most importantly, fuel economy is up all around to 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for both manual and automatic transmissions. That's a 1 mpg improvement for automatics both in the city and on the highway, while manuals see a 1 mpg improvement in city driving only.

Subaru did not change the four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions.

Trim and feature changes
The automaker has also added another trim level to the Forester lineup: 2.5X Touring. It adds to the previously range-topping (for naturally aspirated models) 2.5X Limited: HID headlamps, a backup camera integrated into an upgraded audio system, automatic climate control, silver finished roof rails, electroluminescent gauges and turn signals integrated into the side mirrors.

The 2.5X Premium is now riding on new 17-inch alloy wheels.

On the turbocharged side of things (2.5XT models), Subaru has renamed the range-topping 2.5XT Limited to 2.5XT Touring. The new 2.5XT Touring is mostly identical to last year's Limited except that it gets the same upgraded audio head unit and backup camera combination as the 2.5X Touring. The 2.5XT models also gain a new body-color roof spoiler.

In other Forester news, the 2.5XT Premium adds a 10-way power driver's seat, all models but the base 2.5X gain standard Bluetooth and a removable TomTom navigation system with a 4.3-inch screen is added to the options list for the 2.5X Premium.


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