The all-new 2019 Subaru Forester has debuted at the New York Auto Show, refreshing Subaru’s perennial midsize crossover in the face of stiffer competition than ever.
Like the new Impreza and XV, it uses the new Subaru Global Architecture, for a much stiffer and more modular chassis, with the latest expression of Subaru’s EyeSight technology including blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and DriverFocus, which is a fatigue management system that can make adjustments to the seat position and climate control and digital display at stat-up and uses facial recognition software for up to five drivers.
The only engine being detailed for U.S consumption is a 2.5-litre boxer four with 135kW, but we could possibly see the 1.6-litre turbo with 125kW and 250Nm that recently debuted locally in the Levorg, not to mention the 2.4-litre turbocharged engine from the Ascent large SUV, that develops 193kW and 375Nm. We expect (and hope) that there should be a successor to the Forester XT turbo and limited-edition tS STi performance SUVs but that awaits confirmation, as does exact Australian launch timing.
Transmission-wise, no manual is on the agenda as Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT is the transmission du jour, with major fuel economy gains expected across the range. A longer wheelbase at 2670mm brings noticeable gains in legroom, while overall length grows to accommodate more boostpace. Ground clearance is 220mm. X-Mode with hill descent control remains available for off-road adventures.
We will bring you more news regarding the all-new Subaru Forester’s Australian launch when it surfaces. Stay tuned.