Subaru has announced that the all-new Forester will make its official debut on November 13 in its home market of Japan.
According to the carmaker, the fourth-generation Forester was designed to maximize its value as a true sport-utility vehicle by boasting higher levels "of vehicle driving, handling and stopping capabilities; enhanced safety and environmental performance; and excellent drivability in all road conditions."
For the Japanese market, the all-new Forester will be available with a 2.0-liter engine that's either naturally aspirated with 146hp and 196Nm of torque, or direct-injected and turbocharged with 276hp and 350Nm of torque. Transmission choices for the standard 2.0-liter are a six-speed manual transmission and Subaru's Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the turbocharged variant is limited to only the CVT.
Following its world premier in Japan, the all-new Forester "will be introduced in other major markets worldwide."
One thing we noticed in the two images provided by Subaru is that the XT variant, which locally denotes the turbocharged version, doesn't have the ubiquitous hood scoop, which is normally associated with Subaru's blown engines. Does this mean Subaru has ditched the top-mount intercooler in favor of a front-mount layout?