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NY LIVE: 2019 Subaru Forester

by Justin King

The 2.5-liter Boxer engine has been revised for slightly more power, with no plans to offer a turbocharged Forester variant.

Subaru has pulled the veil from its all-new 2019 Forester at the New York International Auto Show.

The fifth-generation Forester is billed as the roomiest and most refined edition yet, showcasing Subaru's latest DriverFocus safety technology and standard EyeSight assistance systems.

Designers aimed to deliver a more rugged style that still meshes with Subaru's latest design language, though the company was clearly cautious in meddling too much with the aesthetics of its best-selling SUV.

The wheelbase has stretched by slightly more than an inch, increasing rear legroom by 1.4 inches and improving head-, hip-, and shoulder-room.

Engineers managed to squeeze 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque from the Forester's naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter boxer engine, marking a slight improvement over the outgoing model. The company promises the fifth generation is quicker to accelerate yet yields an estimated 33 mpg highway rating.

Unfortunately, the Forester appears to be left out of the turbocharging trend despite borrowing the WRX STI's engine beginning in the second-generation. Subaru has confirmed to LeftLane that the turbo XT edition has been dropped with no plans to add an equivalent package as a mid-cycle update. The Ascent's turbocharged engine will likely make its way to other models, but not the Forester.

Buyers will have to settle for the new Sport package, which adds a few unique exterior elements along with special drive modes. The CVT attempts to mimic a seven-speed manual gearbox when the driver actuates the steering wheel paddle shifters.

The company has not yet announced pricing or a specific arrival window for the new Forester.

Live images by Brian Williams.

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