The Japanese car manufacturer Subaru has brought the all-new 2019 Forester compact crossover at the New York Auto Show back on March 28. Forester has received a full redesign and significant change for its fifth-generation model, which has now also switched to the Subaru Global Platform since the 2019 model year. So there will likely be no drastic changes for the 2020 Subaru Forester, except for only minor revisions.
Speaking of its exterior design, the 2020 Subaru Forester will most likely be similar to the 2019 model year with an all-new design, new engine, and a myriad of new standard safety features. Some fundamental changes, important revisions, and full redesign seen on this new compact crossover include updated grille, new LED headlights, enhanced shoulder lines, prominent wheel arches design, a new Sport trim with black accents, and 18-inch wheels.
Moving into the cabin, there are not many interior changes offered by the 2020 Subaru Forester. However, the new crossover is claimed to have gained a 0.3-inch increase in its front legroom, 1.4-inch in rear legroom, a 1.2-inch increase for front shoulder room, and a 0.6-inch increase in rear shoulder room. In addition, other changes were reflected in the cargo space which also increased by 1.9 cubic feet to 76.1 cubic, additional several new buttons, a new steering wheel, and folding rear seats. There’re available several standard interior features like the 6.5-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility.
Under its hood, the redesigned 2020 Subaru Forester is powered by a new 2.5-liter FB25DI direct-injection Boxer 4-cylinder engine paired to a Lineartronic CVT capable of producing 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 176 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Subaru only offers Continually Variable Transmission (Lineartronic CVT) as a single transmission option for the Forester SUV, complete with Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive (AWD) system. The fifth-generation Subaru Forester is claimed to have an EPA fuel economy rating of 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined.
The safety aspect is clearly Forester’s main focus with its fifth-generation model hitting the market. For the 2020 model year, Subaru is expected to continue offering the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology system as a standard safety feature in the Forester compact crossover. The Subaru EyeSight system is equipped with a two-color camera near the rearview mirror, and it will alert the driver about potential incidents and hazards, as well as monitor the road ahead. The EyeSight Driver Assist comes with several safety equipment, including lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lead vehicle start alert, lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and pre-collision throttle management.
There are no official announcements regarding pricing and release dates, but the 2020 Subaru Forester is expected to reach U.S. showrooms around the end of this year. Sales for the 2020 Forester are expected to start in October 2019 with the price tag not rising much from the current model MSRP, starting at $25,270 for the base model and $35,270 for the upper trim level. All prices include destination costs. Of course, the 2020 Subaru Forester is still set to compete with some of its main rivals in the compact crossover SUV segment such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4.
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