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Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium - Click above for high-res image gallery

Despite packing an all-new, third-generation boxer engine, Subaru is keeping the price of the 2011 Forester within a stone's throw of last year's model. Starting next year, the middle child of the Subaru family will carry a price tag of $20,495 for the 2.5X - around $200 more than the 2010 high-rider. More importantly, the 2.5X will pack the company's all-new 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder engine, complete with chain-driven dual overhead cams, 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. Curiously, those numbers are nearly identical to what the old mill churned out, and the new powertrain's 21/27 mile per gallon city/highway fuel economy estimates are only one mpg better than the 2010 model equipped with an automatic gearbox. Harumph.

Meanwhile, the company is throwing in an additional trim level. Buyers who opt for the Touring versions of the Forester will be met with niceties like an automatic transmission, HID headlights and dual-zone climate controls, among other goodies. Prices start at $27,995 for the 2.5X Touring, though the package can be fitted to the turbocharged XT for a bit more change.

Speaking of the XT, Subaru says that the forced-induction Forester will continue to get its grunt from the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder as last year, so don't look to see any more power come from that mill. Hit the jump for the press release.

Gallery: Review: 2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium

Photos by Dan Roth / Copyright (C)2010 AOL

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