The Subaru Forester is brand’s compact crossover SUV with strong reputation for its durability and practicality. The model also features significant ground clearance which allows it above the average off-roading. It also includes turbocharged engine and proven Subaru’s all-wheel drive system which together provide speedy performance. There is also EyeSight safety suite which guarantees top safety scores. However, the new generation of this model promises progress in all aspects. But for the redesigned Forester will likely have to wait for the 2019 Subaru Forester version.
What should we expect?
The last redesign for the Forester was for the 2014 model year. After that it got upgraded infotainment system with the arrival of the 2016 model. More changes including styling and interior tweaks, upgraded powertrain and EyeSight system have been introduced for the 2017 version. Similarly but at greater extent the 2019 model should advance in all areas. The model should transfer to the new Global platform. New styling cues from the Viziv Future concept should be seen. Other upgrades should include powertrains, interior and safety.
2019 Subaru Forester: New-generation Platform and Design
With the arrival of the new generation model probably in 2018, the 2019 Subaru Forester should switch to the new Subaru Global architecture. The first to utilize this platform will be the new Impreza model and other models will follow after. This platform promises significant improvements related with refinement, wider powertrain adaptability, improved safety, etc. Its structure will utilize higher percentage of high-tensile steal which will improve rigidity of the body and therefore impact absorption. Lower center of gravity will improve handling and benefits will also be notable on performance and efficiency.
As for the exterior look of the new Forester, the model should borrow some design cues from the Subaru Viziv Concept. The model promises to feature sleeker and more modern outfit. The headlights would likely use similar design pattern as on the mentioned concept model. There will also be sleeker hexagonal grille and flared fenders. It is possible that model will also experience some dimension changes.
What about interior?
On inside, the Forester will continue to insist on the practicality and comfort. Comfortable seats will provide long-ride comfort and more than enough space will be available in all directions. Huge cargo space will also be in the top of the class.
On the other hand, the inferior should evolve from the current “simple is better” strategy to more refined and better equipped. Expect new fresh materials and better finishes. Redesigned dash will include larger touchscreen with most of so far physical controls converted to virtual ones.
Next-level of safety:
The area where the Forster should also evolve significantly is the safety. New platform will provide stronger body structure and next-level of driver aids will follow. Subaru is developing its semi-autonomous system which should provide some level of self-driving. Upgraded will also be currently available systems.
2019 Subaru Forester: Powertrains
On the performance front, the 2019 Subaru Forester will advance thanks to the new platform. New platform allows petrol, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains. So, the new generation Forester might offer hybrid or plug-in hybrid version.
There will also be upgraded turbocharged engine and new base powertrain. The current 2.0 liter turbocharged four delivers 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine is smooth and quick but better performance will be available from the new version.
There will also be upgraded continuously variable transmission and standard all-wheel drive system. Improved suspension, steering system, and torque vectoring will also boost model’s performance.
2019 Subaru Forester: Arrival, Price
The 2019 Subaru Forester will come sometime in 2018 as the new generation model. Its price could vary depending on many factors which could change in the meantime so it is hard to predict it.