Subaru Corporation has just unveiled the 2021 Subaru Forester Sport in Japan. This also marks the return of the turbocharged boxer engine in the Forester lineup ever since the previous generation Forester XT was discontinued in 2019.
The 2021 Subaru Forester Sport sets itself apart from other Forester variants with its 18-inch black alloy wheels, black grille, and dual exhausts. Apart from these, however, the Forester Sport’s exterior remains largely the same as before. Moving towards the interior, the sporty Forester gets Ultrasuede and leather seats along with a driver’s seat that moves backward when getting in and out of the vehicle. Other hallmark Forester features remain, such as the highly versatile interior, large sunroof, and spacious rear seats.
Of course, being a Subaru, the EyeSight suite of advanced driver-assist systems is equipped as standard in this sportier version of the Forester. This means the Forester Sport gets full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, just to name a few.
Of course, the main story about the new Forester Sport is its turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine. This 1.8-liter engine replaces the 2.5-liter non-turbo boxer engine in Japan. If you’re expecting a successor to the iconic Forester XT turbo, this isn’t it (sort of). The engine produces 177 hp, which is almost the same as the 2.5-liter mill, but this new engine produces significantly more torque at 300 Nm. If the specs sound familiar to you, it’s because this is the same 1.8-liter turbo motor that’s being used in the all-new Subaru Levorg sports wagon. In typical Subaru fashion, power is sent to all four wheels via a Lineartronic CVT.
The 2021 Subaru Forester Sport will go on sale in Japan soon. No announcement has been made yet if this engine will be offered outside Japan.