Subaru’s fourth-generation Forester crossover made its debut in North America at the Los Angeles Auto Show. When Subaru offered a Forester the last time, it dropped its boxy styling. But now, its angular looks are back but in a minimal dose. It received a modified front fascia that at first glance, appears a lot like the previous generation car.
However, it has actually received revised fog and headlights and a different front bumper and grille. Another difference is its restyled wheels. Still, the car’s exterior styling is much like that of the previous generation. The new car will be available with two engine options rather than the universally-used 2.5-liter unit the present Forester depends on.
Buyers can still get the 2.5-liter flat four with 170hp but they will have the option of getting a turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer engine with 250 hp. Just like all Subaru models (with the exception of the BRZ), this power will be sent to all four wheels via the all-wheel drive system. A CVT and a six-speed manual transmission are both available.
The new Forester was made not only for a strong and attractive appearance similar to a SUV but to also have functionality as well as aerodynamics. This is why the front section, the rear gate, and even the door panels, make use of powerful and gigantic images. Meanwhile the design of the wheel and the wheel arch are both able to display that off-road ability and better road presence.
This new model is also able to get a form that is more elegant by lengthening the A-pillar’s bottom end by 200 mm, compared to the previous generation. Further the front fascia reveals its “Confidence, Peace of Mind, Ruggedness, and Sportiness.” To highlight the athleticism even more, the turbo direct-injection “2.0XT” engine utilizes an exclusive front design.
On the inside, the design gives it that powerful SUV appearance while showing that boldness and feel of space. By fully utilizing materials that are soft to touch and classy shape, the interior gets that sense of quality. Indeed, having soft touch materials help heighten the quality feel of the interior. Its instrument panel on the other hand has been styled in a way that it appears to bring in more space.
Further, the cabin of the new Forester was designed in a way that all passengers will experience the utility as well as excellent comfort. The redesign, clearly, was the main reason why the cabin has that sense of openness and roominess.
This is due to the shape of the floor and the location of each pillar placed on the rear section. Changes were also done on the seating positions as a way to give all passengers a visibility that is better than the previous generation.