Subaru ensures that the 2019 Forester doubles up on traits that crossover buyers look for. In other words, it offers more cargo capacity and improved fuel economy. This model debuts at the 2018 New York Auto Show and will go on sale later this year.
When looking at the 2019 model, you probably will not notice any changes when it comes to styling. In fact, the only difference would be the newer shapes and lines, new lighting designs and the new set of wheels - either 17 or 18 inch for each trim level. One think you cannot see is the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP). The Forester’s wheelbase has been upgraded, making it 1.2 inches longer. Therefore, legroom increases by 1.4 inches too. In fact, the headroom and shoulder room have been increased too. Now, cargo space is up by 76.1 cubic feet when the seats are down.
To make it easier to fit things in the back, Subaru engineers worked hard to widen the cargo door by 5.3 inches. At the same time, they made the cargo floor flatter than before. The rear doors now open wider and the C pillar has a steeper angle, making loading and unloading quick.
The Subaru Forester has a ground clearance of 8.7 inches, and it features all wheel drive as standard.
Aside from all that, noise reduction, vibration, and harshness inside the cabin have all been worked on. Road noise has been reduced as well, compared to the outgoing model that was a bit louder inside.
Under the hood, there will now be a 2.5 liter flat four with 182 horsepower and 176 pound feet of torque - that is 12 hp and 2 lb-ft more. Fuel economy has also been improved by 33 miles per gallon highway, thanks to the addition of active grille shutters.
Moving into the cabin, it now features an electric parking brake that allows for extra space in the center console. Other standard features include automatic climate control, more comfortable front seats, and it now offers heated rear seats and Wi Fi hotspot as options.
The 2019 Forester now gets a 6.5 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but higher trims get the 8.0 inch screen.
Subaru mentions that pricing will not be announced anytime soon. What the automaker did say is that the 2019 Forester will be available in a number of trim levels like the base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring. This should give customers enough options as to what type of car they will need.
As you can see, the 2019 Forester seems pretty set to continue its appeal to customers – with better fuel economy, more space, and more advanced technology.