The all-new 2014 Subaru Forester has received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Forester is the only one of two vehicles out of 13 small SUVs to earn an overall rating of good in the test. The other model to earn the rating was the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
In addition to the Subaru WRX Concept, Subaru has also unveiled its first ever hybrid at the New York Auto Show, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Based on the popular XV Crosstrek crossover introduced for 2013, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid model arrives in Subaru dealerships fourth quarter of 2013. When the XV Crosstrek Hybrid goes on sale it will be the most fuel-efficient and lowest-emissions AWD hybrid crossover in America.
Subaru gave the world a preview of the next-generation WRX today with the debut of the WRX Concept at the New York Auto Show. The next-generation WRX is going to move further away from the Impreza in Subaru's lineup and the bold and muscular design of the concept proves it.
Today is the official kick off of the 2013 New York Auto Show and even though Subaru has yet to hold its press release, photos of its new WRX Concept have leaked online ahead of its debut in NYC. It's been reported that Subaru wants to move the next WRX further away from the Impreza and if the concept is any indication, the next WRX and WRX STI will do just that. These photos of the concept reveal a new WRX that will get a sleeker and more aggressive exterior than the standard Impreza models.
Subaru has just announced plans to unveil its first ever hybrid production model, the XV Crosstrek hybrid at the New York Auto Show next week. The XV Crosstrek hybrid will be based on the XV Crosstrek crossover introduced for 2013, the new XV Crosstrek Hybrid model uses a Subaru engineered Hybrid system and Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
Subaru's sales continue to climb with sales increasing the last five years. Subaru expects sales to grow around 8% this year alone, which would mean that Subaru will sell around 365,000 vehicles in the US this year. Although Subaru recently launched the all-new 2014 Forester, there are some other models that the automaker is planning to boost sales even further.
Subaru has just announced the pricing for the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester, which starts at $21,995. The 2014 Forester 2.5i model will be available in base, Premium, Limited and top-line Touring versions. Pricing for the Forester begins at $21,995 for the base model 2.5i with a six-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged Forester 2.0XT will be offered in the Premium and Touring versions, with the Premium trim offered at $27,995.
Subaru's BRZ coupe is in very high demand, so much so that dealers have a hard time keeping them on Subaru lots. Subaru of America has confirmed that dealers will now get 2,000 extra BRZ coupes over the next four months. Currently Subaru only sends about 500 units a month of the Japan-built rear-wheel-drive coupe to the U.S.
Subaru has unveiled the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester ahead of its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. The new Forester is about the same size as the outgoing model, but with more interior volume. It also gets a new exterior with styling cues that are shared with other Subaru models, like the Impreza.
It looks like the Subaru is giving the 2014 Subaru Forester a makeover, which is previewed here in a JDM-spec brochure that has leaked online. The new Forester, which will arrive here as a 2014 model will likely share its platform with the new Impreza and will be a bit larger than the current model.
According to a source that spoke with Motor Trend, Subaru's Tribeca crossover is set to be cancelled by the end of 2012. The Tribeca was originally named the B9 Tribeca when it was first released in 2005. Seven years later the crossover has gone through a name change, received a facelift and a more powerful six-cylinder engine, but sales are largely non-existent. Subaru only managed to sell 2,791 units last year, which is down from the 10,975 units sold in 2008.
Even though the Tribeca is largely ignored, a Subaru spokesman stated, "No, Tribeca is not dead, and will be on sale for the 2013 model year." The spokesman would not confirm with Motor Trend if the Tribeca would live past 2013.
Subaru has finally announced the pricing for the much anticipated 2013 BRZ, which starts at $25,495 for the Premium model with a six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed automatic version starts at $26,595.
Premium models come standard with a navigation system, Bluetooth and HID headlamps. Limited models come with Alcantara and leather seats, heated seats and mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control system, fog lights, Keyless Access & Start and a body-color decklid spoiler. The Limited models start at $27,495 with a six-speed manual and $28,595 for automatic models.
The Subaru BRZ is powered by a naturally aspirated 200 horsepower 2.0L boxer engine that sends its power to the rear wheels.
If you want to get your hands on one you better act fast, Subaru only plans on bringing 500 units a month to the U.S.
Subaru has unveiled the changes to the 2013 Legacy and Outback models that will debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show next week. Both models get styling updates and a new 2.5L boxer engine.
Subaru has introduced a new 2.5L DOHC four-cylinder boxer engine that has increased performance and fuel efficiency than the old engine. It produces 173 horsepower and 174 lb-ft. of torque compared to 170 hp and 170 lb.-ft. from the previous 2.5-liter SOHC engine. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or a new CVT that is more responsive and quieter than the old one. Subaru expects the 2013 Legacy 2.5i with the CVT will achieve 24 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, 27 mpg combined, compared to 23/31/26 for the 2012 model. The 2013 Outback 2.5i with the Lineartronic CVT will achieve 24 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, 26 mpg combined, up compared with the 22/29/24 for the 2012 model. If you want more power both the Legacy and Outback can be equipped with a 256 horsepower 3.6L six-cylinder boxer engine.
The 2013 Subaru BRZ sports coupe isn't on sale in the U.S. yet, but sales of the new coupe are already off to a good start in Japan. The BRZ debuted in Japan on February 3 and Subaru has already sold 3,551 units, which is four times the initial sales forecasts.
In Japan almost 60 percent of BRZ buyers are under 40 and the top selling color is the blue mica.
The 2013 XV Crosstrek is powered by a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter BOXER engine, teamed to Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive via a five-speed manual transmission or available second-generation Lineartronic CVT. Although the official specs have not been released, Subaru projects the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek to be the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive crossover on the market with a 25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined rating.
Although the XV Crosstrek is based on the Impreza five-door, Subaru gave it a higher ride height, Black side- and wheel-arch cladding, a rocker spoiler and roof rails that provide expand its capability. It also gets unique 17-inch wheels and the front and rear bumpers and the front grille are unique.
Subaru and Toyota initially joined up in 2005 and in April 2008, the two automakers decided to work together on a new rear-wheel-drive coupe. Four years later, the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S (Toyota 86 in Japan) are now starting to roll off the line in Japan.
The two automakers recently celebrated the kick off in which Toyota President Akio Toyoda said, "I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the ceaseless efforts of all FHI people and staff who were involved in the development, production and preparations
for both models. The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 not have been successfully developed without collaboration between FHI and TMC. We started the alliance for mutual growth in 2005. Now I'm delighted to see this moment that our alliance surely bore fruit."
Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru) President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga stated, "the car symbolizes our corporate strategy in two significant aspects: good progress of our alliances; and advancement of our "select and focus" approach. The start of production today made a huge step for us, but it is not our goal. By constantly refining both models, TMC and FHI hope to nourish each model to be loved by customers all over the world for a long time to come."
Subaru fans that are eager to get their hands on the Subaru's new 2013 BRZ rear-wheel-drive coupe better act fast. It's being reported that Subaru is only planning on bringing 6,000 of the coupes to the U.S. for the 2013 model year.
Car and Driver recently confirmed Subaru's plans for the coupe with a Subaru dealer, while Subaru's website only states that the BRZ will be built in "extremely limited quantities." These plans seem to coincide with previous statements from Subaru. Subaru's business case for the BRZ has stated that Subaru only required 5000 to 7000 units to be sold at around $25,000.
Pricing for the 2013 BRZ has not been released, but Subaru is currently taking pre-orders for the BRZ with fully refundable deposits, although the coupe isn't slated to arrive until sometime between May and November.
Currently the WRX is powered by a 265 horsepower 2.5L engine. The new smaller engine will pack slightly more power and is expected to also be more fuel efficient that the current 2.5L The current WRX gets 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
Subaru has already announced that the next-generation WRX and WRX STI will be further differentiated from the Impreza, but will likely still be based on the same platform. Subaru hasn't confirmed when the next WRX will debut, but it's expected to debut sometime next year as a 2013 model.
Subaru officially unveiled the rear-wheel-drive BRZ this week in Tokyo. When the 2013 BRZ was unveiled Subaru also announced plans for the BRZ to compete in next year's Super GT Series in Japan, as the BRZ GT300.
Subaru has released the first video of the BRZ GT300 hitting the track.
Check out the video after the jump...
The 2013 Subaru BRZ is Subaru's version of the rear-wheel-drive coupe that it developed with Toyota. Toyota's version of the coupe has been dubbed either the 86, GT 86 or Scion FR-S, which depends on where in the world you are. The Subaru BRZ is powered by the same direct-injected 2.0L boxer engine as the GT 86. The BRZ packs 200 horsepower and weighs 2,689 pounds.
The only major differences between the BRZ and the GT 86 is that the BRZ has a unique grille and front bumper, unique fender vents and a slightly revised rear fascia.
The Subaru BRZ is also going to compete in the GT300 class of next year's Super GT series in Japan.
Two days ago, Toyota officially took the wraps off the 86 and GT 86 sports coupe and now Subaru has unveiled its version of the coupe that developed with Toyota. The Subaru BRZ is debuting this week at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The Subaru BRZ is pretty much identical to the Toyota version, which means it's powered by the same 2.0L horizontally-opposed boxer engine. Subaru states that the BRZ will put out 200 horsepower and 151 lb-ft. of torque, compared to 197 horsepower and 151 lb-ft. in the Toyota version. The boxer engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and sends its power only to the rear wheels. The Subaru BRZ weighs 2,689 lbs and rides on standard 17-inch wheels.
in terms of styling, the BRZ mainly differs from the Toyota with a different front fascia and a slightly modified rear. Which one do you like better?
Subaru has the Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206, which is now on sale in Japan.
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206 is based on the Impreza WRX STI, but gets exclusive Bilstein shock absorbers, STI coil springs, and a flexible tower bar and draw stiffener up front that help improve its performance on the track. It also rides on Michelin Pilot Super Sport tired with BBS 19-inch aluminum wheels. Subaru has also optimized the weight balance between pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft to enhance the rev feel. A ball bearing turbocharger, ECU with STI tuning, and a sports muffler with lowered back pressure exhaust give the Impreza WRX STI S206 a total 316 horsepower and 318 lb-ft. of torque.
The Impreza WRX STI S206 stands out thanks to the lower front spoiler and front fender outlet grille that are specific to this model, and the trunk spoiler.
Subaru is going to unveil the production ready version of the BRZ sports coupe at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. To get us ready for the unveiling Subaru has released the teaser you see here.
Subaru gave us an official preview of the BRZ with the BRZ STI concept that is going to debut next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The teaser that Subaru has released for the production version of the BRZ reveals that the BRZ is going to get round fog lights instead of the rectangular versions that the concept uses. The grille is also slightly different than the concept.
The BRZ will be powered by a 2.0L boxer engine with direct injection technology. It has a square bore and stroke of 86 by 86 mm and could put out around 300 horsepower. The engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
Subaru has given us a preview of the Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept that is set to debut at this year's Tokyo Motor Show. The current Subaru Legacy/ Outback leaves much to be desired in terms of its styling, which Subaru is hopefully going to fix.
The Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept is described as a new-generation sports wagon that provides both superior driving performance and utility. It's aggressive exterior is a significant departure from Subaru's current designs. The concept is powered by a 1.6L boxer engine mated to an electric motor. The system is mated to Subaru's continuously variable transmission and Symmetrical AWD system.
The production version of the highly anticipated BRZ rear-wheel-drive sports car is also going to debut at the show.
Subaru is set to debut the BRZ sports car at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year, but it's going to tease us one more time in two weeks at the Los Angeles Auto Show with the BRZ Concept - STI.
This BRZ Concept - STI is the first time that we're actually seeing a full concept version of Subaru's new rear-wheel-drive coupe, we've only seen concepts of the FT-86 and Scion FR-S. The overall design is very similar to Toyota's version, although it gets a different rear end with a large rear wing. The concept is painted in Subaru's "WR Blue Pearl II," which is a new generation of the iconic WR blue paint scheme that has been used on production STI's.
Although the concept basically shows off what an STI version of the BRZ could be like, it unfortunately doesn't have any more power under the hood than the standard engine that will power the BRZ. It's still got the naturally-aspirated 2.0L boxer engine. The BRZ Concept - STI features an STI-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes and unique 18-inch wheels and tires.
Come back in two weeks to see all the photos from the show.
Next month we will finally see the Toyota FT-86/ Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ rear wheel drive coupes, but more details are starting to surface now. According to sources that spoke with Autocar, the Subaru BRZ will pack more power than the Toyota version.
How much more power? The Subaru BRZ is reportedly going to pack "less than 300 horsepower," while the FT-86 is only expected to have around 200 horsepower. Both coupes are going to be powered by a 2.0L boxer engine, but thanks to a different ECU, the Subaru coupe will be the powerful of the two coupes.
The Subaru BRZ will also differ from the FT-86 with a unique grille and bumpers. A roadster version is also a possibility in the future.
Come back for all the details from the Tokyo Motor Show next month.
Subaru is launching an all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza this fall, but we have yet to see what Subaru has in store for the high-performance WRX and WRX STI variants. Automotive News is reporting that Subaru is going to separate the WRX and WRX STI from the Impreza, by dropping the Impreza name on the two high-performance models. In 2013 The WRX and WRX STI will also move to a different platform.
The move allows the Impreza sedan and five-door models to focus more on fuel-economy and interior space, two things that are important in its segment. Once the new WRX and STI are released in 2013, they will move to a new platform that will place greater emphasis on performance. While the interiors and features of the next WRX and WRX STI will also be more aligned with the models' higher price premium over the Impreza.
Subaru unveiled the XV crossover in Frankfurt earlier this month, which is basically a version of the all-new Impreza that is more capable off-road. Subaru has confirmed that the higher riding Impreza XV will come to the U.S. in 2013, but likely with a different name.
In the past Subaru has offered a similar version known as the Outback sport, but that version mainly had two-tone paint and a raised suspension. The XV is more differentiated from the Impreza with its higher ride height, body cladding and unique alloy wheels. In the meantime, Subaru is offering the 2012 Impreza sport model that has an all-weather package and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Subaru officially confirmed the name for its rear-wheel-drive coupe that its developed with Toyota, but we have yet to see an official concept version of the Subaru BRZ. It's being reported that Subaru will unveil a concept version of the BRZ at the LA Auto Show in November.
Although we will finally get to see a concept version of the BRZ, the production version will not share any body panels with the concept. The Toyota's FT-86 concepts also will not share any body panels with the Toyota's version of the coupe. We will not get to see the production versions of the Toyota/ Scion and Subaru coupes until the Tokyo Motor Show later this year.
Other details about Subaru's version of the coupe have also surfaced ahead of its debut. Although Subaru is known for its all-wheel-drive vehicles, the BRZ will remain rear-wheel-drive only. It's also expected that the coupes will be powered by a 2.0L Subaru boxer engine with around 200 horsepower. Subaru is going to produce all versions of the coupe (Toyota, Scion and Subaru) at its plant in Gunma, Japan, starting next spring. The biggest differences between the coupes will be the front fascias, while all the coupes will share the same sheet metal. The Scion and Toyota versions will be identical except for the badges.
To allow to tackle the unpaved roads, the XV has more ground clearance than the standard Impreza at 8.6 inches. The XV also gets extra body cladding, which makes it look tougher. In Europe the XV will be powered by 1.6L and 2.0L boxer engines in addition to a diesel.
The XV is expected to come to the U.S. next year.
Subaru has released a second teaser photo of the 2012 Subaru XV crossover that is going to have its world debut in Frankfurt. The Subaru XV was originally previewed as a concept at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year.
The two teaser photos show that the XV will remain pretty close to the concept. Subaru expects production to kick off by the end of year. The XV is expected to be offered in the U.S. as the Impreza Outback.
Subaru and Toyota have been jointly working on a new rear-wheel-drive coupe for a while now and although Toyota has been kind enough to give us several previews with its concepts, Subaru has been pretty quiet. Up until now Subaru's only preview of its version of the new coupe came in the form of a preview of the "architecture" of the new coupe, earlier this year.
Subaru has just announced a name for its new sports car, the Subaru BRZ. "BRZ" stands for "Boxer engine", "Rear-wheel drive" and "Zenith." Subaru claims that the name "embodies ultimate passion for the new sports car and confidence in its distinctive trademark and core technology: the "Horizontally-Opposed Subaru Boxer engine."
The Subaru BRZ is going to be officially unveiled next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with production kicking off in the spring of 2012.
Subaru has announced the pricing for the all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza, which starts at $17,495 for the base 4-door Impreza 2.0i with a five-speed manual. The starting price of the 2012 Impreza starts at the same price as the outgoing 2011 model.
The base Impreza mated to a CVT starts at $18,495. The base 5-door Impreza 2.0i starts at $17,995 when equipped with a five-speed transmission and $18,995 for the CVT-equipped model. The 2012 Impreza is also offered in 2.0i Premium, Sport Premium and Limited models. The 4-door 2.0i Premium starts at $18,795, while the 5-door Premium starts at $19,295. For the 2.0i Limited, prices start at $21,595 for the 4-door and $22,095 for the 5-door version. The Impreza 2.0i Sport Premium starts at $20,295 and is only offered in the 5-door body style.
The 2012 Subaru Impreza is powered by an all-new 148 horsepower 2.0L four-cylinder boxer engine that gets 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
Subaru unveiled the XV Concept at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year and Subaru has just announced that the XV crossover is going to have its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
The Euro-spec Subaru XV will debut at the show and according to Subaru the XV "defines a new generation of Subaru crossover vehicles." The Subaru XV is expected to come to the U.S. as the next Impreza Outback.
For now Subaru has released a teaser of the new crossover.
Subaru unveiled the next-generation 2012 Subaru Impreza at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, but did not unveil the WRX version of the new model. According to the latest sources, the reason we haven't seen the next WRX is because Subaru is planning on separating the WRX from the compact Impreza.
A source recently spoke to Motor Trend and said, "Apart from a few nuts and bolts, every part on the WRX will be unique. Even the engine and body. Obviously the WRX's platform will be inherited from the new Impreza, but it will be radically modified and significantly shortened."
The past generation Impreza and WRX models shared many common parts, which drove up the cost of the Impreza, Subaru's entry-level model. For the next WRX, Subaru is developing it from the ground up to win in motorsports events and will use an updated version of Subaru's all-wheel-drive system and a turbocharged boxer engine.
Motor Trend's source claims that the next WRX will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6L boxer engine with around 270 horsepower, while the STI version will put out around 300 horsepower from the same 1.6L engine. The WRX will use a heavily modified version of the Impreza's platform, but it will be significantly shortened.
Unfortunately the next WRX is not coming until around 2014.