Subaru announced the refreshed 2022 Forester in Japan last week and offered a Forester Sport trim with a 1.8-liter turbocharged Boxer engine. It's not coming to the U.S., and customers in North America have only one engine for the 2022 Forester regular trim and the all-new 2022 Forester Wilderness coming Sept 2, 2021.
The newly-refreshed 2022 Forester Sport features a Levorg-sourced 1.8-liter turbocharged direct-injection (DIT) four-cylinder, lean combustion Boxer engine. It produces 175 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. The 2022 Subaru Forester 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque.
Subaru Corporation dropped the Forester 2.0XT turbocharged engine because the brand is focusing on global fuel-economy standards. Fuel economy in the 2.0XT with a CVT was 27/23 city/highway mpg. Subaru reports the new 2022 Forester Sport 1.8-liter turbocharged engine gets 24.2/35.7 city/highway mpg and 33.6 combined mpg (10.3km / liter) (15.2km / liter) (14.3km / liter).
Subaru enthusiasts have asked for a Forester turbocharged model since the Japanese automaker dropped the Forester 2.0XT in 2019. We know the U.S.-specification 2022 Forester, and Forester Wilderness only comes with a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated Boxer because the EPA leaked the information early. They have since pulled it down from the website.
Why doesn't Subaru offer a Forester with a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine?
It would be easy for the Japanese automaker to drop in the new Ascent-sourced FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that the 2022 Outback XT and Legacy XT have now, which would make a lot of customers happy. The sportier Forester Sport 2.4XT would be a hot model if Subaru would build it.
Subaru of America COO Tom Doll, in an interview at the Chicago Auto Show in 2018 said, the Japanese automaker won't be bringing a Forester turbo anytime soon. Doll says it's because the demand for the newly-redesigned Forester SUV is too high right out of the gate for them to offer a turbo version.
He's right because the 2021 Subaru Forester is Subaru of America's top-selling model, and customer demand for the compact SUV is high. A 2022 Subaru Forester Sport and the 2022 Forester Wilderness would be two trim levels that would be perfect with a 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine. Unfortunately, Japan, Europe, and Australia are the only markets to get the 2022 Forester Sport turbo trim.
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