New Subaru Forester Arrives In SA With Crosstrek's Smaller 2.0L Engine
The all-new 2019 Subaru Forester is the brand’s number-one selling vehicle around the globe and launches in Japan, the U.S., and Australia with just one gasoline engine, the new direct injection 2.5-liter Boxer. The new fifth-generation Forester SUV arrives in South Africa and it’s coming with one engine, a 2.0-liter Boxer engine in the newly-remodeled Forester SUV.
Performance fans don’t have to be upset, this isn’t a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine sourced from the Forester 2.0XT model that’s been discontinued everywhere around the globe. It’s the same 152-hp 2.0-liter naturally aspirated powerplant in Subaru's hot new Crosstrek. This Subaru engine has received the newest upgrades with direct injection, and 80 percent of its parts are new.
The 2.0-liter Boxer engine comes mated with a Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) that is lighter and more efficient than the outgoing model. Subaru says it’s been improved to better match engine noise and deliver a more “silent driving experience.”
Subaru SA released fuel mileage figures of 7.6 liters per 100km (31 mpg US), a 13 percent improvement over the previous generation Forester SUV. It's puzzling why SA only gets the 2.0-liter engine when the rest of the globe gets the all-new 2.5-liter Boxer that gets better fuel economy with an EPA estimated 33 mpg highway.
Of course, Symmetrical all-wheel drive is standard across all three trims and provides all-weather and extreme off-road performance with the new dual-function X Mode. Because of the small SUV’s “go-anywhere” attitude, Forester has remained the most popular and successful model from Subaru in the region. But the new fifth-generation 2019 Subaru Forester SUV arrives in South Africa with the smaller FB20 2.0-liter Boxer engine, and not the 2.5-liter powerplant the rest of the globe gets.
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