2014 Subaru Forester designers piled on the refinements
Imagine an SUV with all-wheel-drive, that offers superior weight balance and maneuverability and has the ride comfort of a sedan. That is what Subaru engineers and design team set out to accomplish when they redesigned the new 2014 Forester. Because of the tall ride height of SUV’s, they have a very high center of gravity. This handicaps SUV’s severely in how they can maneuver, in ride comfort and fuel-economy. The 2014 Subaru Forester design team went to work to eliminate those driver dissatisfactions.
Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive
The new Forester comes equipped with Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive for greater handling in all-weather and road conditions. But the Forester features a unique Boxer engine that sits low in the chassis and gives the 2014 crossover superior weight balance and maneuverability. The boxer engine design is one of the key factors in what makes the 2014 Forester different from other SUV’s. The 2014 Forester was redesigned from the ground up to take advantage of that potential in the engine design.
Repeated runs with the Forester mules
The design team, led by Project General Manager Takuji Dai, had a goal to boost overall ride comfort and stability of the crossover at high speeds and in the corners. Repeated runs by test drivers in various track conditions at the Fuji Speedway, helped Subaru reach their goals. The results were recorded and then sent to Dai and the design team.