All-New 2019 Subaru Forester Revealed – Official…No Forester XT…No diesel
The all-new 2019 Subaru Forester has finally been revealed at the New York Motor Show…there’s no XT, no diesel and no manual transmission…
THE FIFTH-GENERATION ALL-NEW 2019 Subaru Forester has been revealed at the New York Motor Show and while it might not look like it, there’s quite a bit to unpack. Although, to be fair, much of it we already knew. Subaru Australia said it will announce local pricing and specifications in the second-half of this year (2018) with vehicles expected in showrooms in September.
The Subaru Forester as we know rides on the Subaru Global Platform which we’ve already sampled in the new Impreza and XV. For the Forester, Subaru said, “The SGP is expected to achieve class-topping collision safety and hazard avoidance, along with handling that responds exactly as the driver intends, plus comfortable drivability”.
Without explicitly saying it, Subaru has all but confirmed the death of the turbocharged Forester XT by announcing that, “Every Forester will be powered by the newly-enhanced direct-injection 2.5-litre horizontally opposed, normally aspirated, four-cylinder Boxer engine”. This engine, as we’ve reported is the same that runs in other new Subarus and is 90% all-new and offers 136kW at 5800rpm and 239Nm of torque at 4400rpm – this is a slight increase in power and torque. Again, the new engine is mated to the same tweaked CVT (with seven simulated gears) as other Subarus we’ve driven. So, no manual at all…or diesel.
Like with the refreshed Liberty and Outback, Subaru had focussed on improving the practicality of the Forester and so the rear door openings are now wider to make access to the back seat and, say, fitting a child seat easier. Indeed, rear seat legroom has been improved (by around 5cm) thanks to an increase in the wheelbase which is now 2670mm, and there’s up to 2000L of boot space with the 60:40 split-fold seats lowered with a rear opening of 1300mm; a powered rear tailgate will likely be offered on some models. The bottom of the back seat (with three separated storage pockets) is clad in a new PVC material to make it more resistant to scuffing; a similar textured material has been used for the boot floor which will make owners of dogs happy and save them having to try and hand pick dog hair out of automotive carpet; it’ll also help when carrying muddy sporting equipment, etc.
The new Forester gets new front seats and an electric parking brake replaces the old handbrake. And, like other recently-released Suabrus, the new Forester gets the brand’s latest 8.0-inch infotainment unit with Apple And Android connectivity.
The new Forester gets the second-generation of the brand’s clever X-Mode rough-road system which offers a two-stage set-up covering snow/dirt and deep snow/mud – we’re looking forward to sampling this. Ground clearance is expected to remain at around 220mm.
In terms of safety, the Forester will debut a Driver Monitoring System which uses facial recognition to recognise if the driver is tired or distracted while driving; it can recognise up to five different drivers. The system can alert the driver to signs of drowsiness or distraction on the road, as well as automatically adjusting driver settings for seat position, door mirror angles, and air-conditioning preferences.
Beyond the DMS, the Forester runs the latest version of EyeSight (standard on all models) as well as reverse automatic braking, steering responsive headlights (dependent on the variant), seven airbags, high beam assist as well as active torque vectoring. Other safety systems available include, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, a standard reversing camera, and standard, permanent all-wheel drive.