2021 Subaru Forester gets a turbocharged engine in Japan

Updated Oct 28, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Do you want a turbocharged Forester for the Philippine market?

If we look back in time, the Japanese domestic market (JDM) has always gotten the cool stuff. A case in point is the new Forester variant.

For Subie heads, surely you’ll remember that the Subaru Forester did have the XT spec, which came with a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. Since 2018 however, an engine like the aforementioned has disappeared from Forester’s lineup of engine options.

A picture of the front of the Forester Sport.

Apart from its turbocharged engine, this new Forester variant looks sportier as well

Subaru however, recently introduced the Forester Sport 1.8-liter turbo version to the Japanese market. It’s much more powerful than the Philippine-spec versions, and it also bears a few unique designs features both inside and out.

Starting with the exterior, the new Forester Sport bears the same shape and roofline as the global models. There are, however, several features that differentiate it from its naturally aspirated brothers.

Upfront, this new Forester comes with a blacked-out grille, as well as grey colored rocker panels and side mirrors. From the sides, it also gets a black colored set of 18-inch wheels.

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A picture of the rear of the Subaru Forester Sport Turbo.

Note the dual-exhausts

The most notable exterior feature of the Subaru Forester Sport, however, is found on its rear. Unlike the regular non-turbo Forester, this new one comes with a dual-exhaust setup. This feature isn’t only for show, as it might provide a throatier sound as well.

Inside, the Forester Sport 1.8-liter Turbo gets its own specific instrument cluster. Also notable are its aluminum pedals, as well as the silver stitching on its leather and suede-covered seats and surfaces.

A picture of the interior of the Forester Sport Turbo.

The Subaru Forester Sport Turbo gets a fancier interior too

However, the most notable highlight of this new Forester Sport variant is its 1.8-liter turbocharged CB18 boxer-four gasoline engine, which is the same mill found on the new Levorg.

This turbo boxer-four can make up to 175 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque. Power is sent to a symmetrical all-wheel-drive system via a continuously variable transmission.

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The all-new Subaru Forester Sport Turbo

Obviously, the 1.8-liter turbo is not a direct replacement of the old 2.0-liter boxer which was capable of making 250 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. In comparison, the current Philippine-spec Forester’s 2.0-liter makes 154 horsepower and 196 Nm of torque. That’s 21 horsepower less than the JDM Forester Turbo’s output.

Is the new Forester 1.8 Turbo a return to form for the model? Also, would you want a turbocharged Forester for the Philippine market?

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Know more about Subaru Forester 2021

Subaru Forester

The new Subaru Forester is a compact crossover made to efficiently perform in any terrain. Its muscular exterior is fitted with useful and innovative features needed in driving today. Inside, advanced technology is mixed with pleasing details drivers and passengers will surely adore. Available in the Philippines are the Subaru Forester 2.0i-L CVT, the Subaru Forester 2.0i-L Eyesight CVT, and the Subaru Forester 2.0i-S Eyesight CVT. It is offered in Ice Silver Metallic, Jasper Green Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic, Crystal Pearl White, Crystal Black Silica, Sepia Bronze Metallic, Crimson Red Pearl, and Horizon Blue Pearl.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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