The 2019 Subaru Forester was spied undergoing road tests in Japan during the earlier part of this year. Additionally, Subaru itself very recently went on to release some information on the new model in an attempt to offer the public insights on what they should expect. The Forester was launched way back in 1997. Since then it has greatly altered in both appearance and performance. It is now referred to as a compact crossover,’ and has managed to sell pretty well. While also clinching several coveted auto accolades in the process.
The new model will be built on the Japanese automaker’s impressive VIZIV 2 platform that was first introduced in 2014. This means it will definitely be bigger, but still weigh substantially less. The main reason behind this is the utilization of lightweight as well as high-grade materials, which is standard on this platform. The VIZIV 2 platform can as well integrate a hybrid system if Subaru opts to take this given route.
2019 Subaru Forester – Elegant Design
The Japanese carmaker has settled for the usual exterior upgrades for the new Forester. As such, its front will feature a restyled grille along with bumper. Also, the car will come with new HID technology lighting at its front. This particular system is in a position to adjust itself automatically in accordance with prevailing weather circumstances. The new model will as well have 17” aluminum wheels that feature dark gray metallic paint. It will also sport roof rails, which have new orange accents.
The interior of the 2019 Subaru Forester is destined to look quite similar to the current 2017 model. Still, it will integrate some cosmetic upgrades in the cabin’s overall layout. The interior color options include crystal while pearl, dark gray metallic, ice silver metallic and even crystal black silica. You should expect newer materials in upholstery together with more refined finishes. However, the most significant change will be certainly seen in the upgraded dashboard and touchscreen infotainment system.
2019 Subaru Forester – Power Expectations
This compact crossover will be made available in 2 different engine options. The first will be a 2.5-liter 4 cylinder Boxer engine that can produce a maximum of the 190hp worth of power. On the other hand, you can settle for a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, which can produce 250 hp as well as 258 pounds per feet worth of torque. Each of these engine options will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as a standard feature. Yet, there will be a CVT transmission option that you can pick up if you so wish. For the first engine option, the average fuel consumption will be 6.9L per kilometer. While that of the turbocharged engine will be 8.8 l/km.
2019 Subaru Forester – Release Date and Price
In contrast to the prevailing trend in this business, the Japanese automaker has decided to issue a specific release date for the new model. To which end, the 2019 Subaru Forester will be made available in showrooms starting from the 13th of November 2018. At the same time, there are unconfirmed rumors that it will make its first official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show to be held earlier in the same year. Subaru has withheld details on just how much the new compact crossover will go for. Nevertheless, industry insiders anticipate it will definitely be costlier than the current model by a big margin. So, you can expect the entry level trim to sell for between $26,000 to $33,000.