Subaru the Japanese manufacturer well known for its use of the boxer engine layout in most of its vehicles above 1500 cc as well as its use of the all wheel drive drive-train layout since 1972 . The punch line of Subaru : “Confidence in motion”
Let we see that the Confidence in motion with new 2013 Subaru Forester. The Forester could be credited as the original formulator of the car-based crossover SUV. The United States Auto Club compare its All-wheel Drive System with the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V Real time 4WD, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue Intuitive AWD and forester won the match . Watch this video clip below.
To recap, there are two Forester models: the 2.5i , which gets a carry-over, 170-hp 2.5-liter flat-four, and the 2.0XT, which gets a new 250-hp turbocharged flat-four based on the BRZ’s naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine. The 2.5i comes in base, Premium, Limited, and Touring versions; the 2.0XT comes only in Premium or Touring guise. A six-speed manual is restricted to the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium and replaces a five-cog unit; all other Foresters get a CVT in place of the outgoing car’s four-speed automatic. We were set loose on paved and unpaved back roads in rural Arizona in a Forester 2.5i Premium manual, a 2.5i Touring, and a 2.0XT Premium.
the 2.5i’s all-new unit isn’t bad, and the way it oozes the Forester down the road while keeping engine revs low seems like a win for the average crossover shopper.
The 2.0XT’s turbo four is quick, and while no manual transmission is offered, the model at least offers three drive modes. Intelligent mode utilizes normal throttle and transmission responses for daily driving. Sport mode enlivens throttle response and offers six driver-selectable forward gear ratios when he uses the lever or steering-wheel paddles to actuate shifts. Sport Sharp further enlivens engine response and switches the CVT to a pseudo-eight-speed automatic; the eight fake gears are also selectable via lever or paddles.
SUBARU BOXER Engine. Flat. Smooth. Smart.
Drawn from a century of intelligent performance, the horizontal layout of the SUBARU BOXER engine combines balance with power and efficiency. And every Subaru comes with a SUBARU BOXER engine.
Like the jabs of a boxer, where the engine got its name, the SUBARU BOXER layout allows the engine to be positioned in-line with the drivetrain for maximum transfer of power. Many other engines are transverse, or turned perpendicular, and can require additional drivetrain components to transfer power, reducing vehicle efficiency.
The punch-counterpunch movements of the boxer's pistons cancel out each other for a smoother running engine without having to use additional components to counteract them as in many in-line and V-type engines.
With pistons moving horizontally, the SUBARU BOXER engine has a flat, low profile, almost perfectly symmetrical, for a well-balanced vehicle. Its low profile can provide a lower center of gravity than other designs, helping provide quick handling response and flat, confident cornering.
· Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
· Available 4-cylinder and turbocharged 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engines
· Up to 8.9 inches of ground clearance
· Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
· Available High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights