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post #631 of 4272 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 03:27 PM
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yuck, needs a nose job. Can't wait to see some shop chop up the hood, put in a TMIC and hood scoop.


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When will the 2014's come out

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Supposed to be out in Japan in December, probably Australia after that. I've heard it speculated that it will hit the US in March or April.

I do wonder if the ground clearance is staying the same. It doesn't look like it on that 2.0l turbo, at least in front with that shield or whatever it is.
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Looks okay, not too different from current one IMO.

What I really want is that micro-bus behind the XT.



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YUCK !!! Don't care for the side mirrors too....... I stick with my 2012 thank you !
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I love the vanilla front-end. I want to see how she looks with roof rails... I'm still on board so far... Subaru has a good chance to convert me to the brand if these puppies roll in before the 2.5L CX-5.

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The front turbo and shield might not hurt the ground clearance for snow, but will really hurt the approach angle for off-road.

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post #639 of 4272 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 06:25 PM
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I love the vanilla front-end. I want to see how she looks with roof rails...
I agree. Though I'm also waiting to see for sure what engines are offered in North America and how the CVT does with that engine if its the 2.5l. From what I've been reading that combination in the Outback has gotten mixed reviews, but reviews also indicate the XV Crosstrek saw Subaru improve the 2.0l/CVT combo so hopefully the new Forester will prove better as well.
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post #640 of 4272 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 06:35 PM
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I love the vanilla front-end. I want to see how she looks with roof rails... I'm still on board so far... Subaru has a good chance to convert me to the brand if these puppies roll in before the 2.5L CX-5.
I like the front end treatment too of both models. Wishful thinking but wouldn't it be nice if Subaru started ditching the roof rails altogether and let you use either Thule or Yakima racks. Plenty of countries do not have the standard racks and if you have seen a new outback without the giant racks they offered for North America only, it is an object of beauty. Outback 2.5i Premium | Subaru Australia

Personally I only use the racks during a few camping excursions with a Thule cargo box, the rest of the time my cross bars come off.

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I am liking what I see so far. As others have noted, it will be interesting to see what engine and transmission options we end up with in NA.

Unlike Good Dog, roof rails that are flexible are a must for us. The fixed towers that can be added to those without the rails look like they would not work. We have a canoe, kayak and Thule box that all have to fit, and the box requires a specific distance between the cross bars. However, no problems with having the rails as an option, rather than standard equipment on certain trim levels. I would pay extra for them.

The NA OBW roof racks make no sense to me. I have not looked into it but can you add aftermarket cross bars that can be positioned where you need them, rather than using the fixed locations of the swing away OEM ones?

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I prefer roof rails as well, though obviously you would want to take the crossbars off when not in use to maximize fuel economy. I found it interesting in one of the XV videos that the Subaru guy said that adding a little notch on the back of the roof rails where they normally just slope down added a full 1 mpg to the car. Presumably they have done similar tests on the new Forester to find tweaks like that as well.
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I like the front end treatment too of both models. Wishful thinking but wouldn't it be nice if Subaru started ditching the roof rails altogether and let you use either Thule or Yakima racks. Plenty of countries do not have the standard racks and if you have seen a new outback without the giant racks they offered for North America only, it is an object of beauty. Outback 2.5i Premium | Subaru Australia
That looks really sleek. Every time I see one of those newer Outbacks and the giant high-rise rack contraption they come with, it makes me want to throw up a little in my mouth. What is about the American clientele and their preference for chunky roof racks?

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I don't know if you guys know, but the new outback rails are adjustable. They changed them based on customer feedback. They still are the hideaway ones, but now there is a fair amount of aftermarket carriers now supported.

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I don't know if you guys know, but the new outback rails are adjustable. They changed them based on customer feedback. They still are the hideaway ones, but now there is a fair amount of aftermarket carriers now supported.
But they are still chunkier than the other models.
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