2022 Subaru Forester Debuts In Japan And Australia - Why Not The U.S.?
Subaru Corporation released information on the new flagship 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV Japan-spec model with a new front fascia outside (headlights, bumper, hexagon grille), newly designed aluminum wheels, and fabric changes inside.
Similar changes are coming to the newly-refreshed 2022 Forester for U.S. customers, but why is SOA slow to reveal the North America model. Subaru is likely waiting on Subaru Corporation to release the Forester Wilderness specifications.
What is unknown is whether the all-new Forester Wilderness will get a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine upgrade like the new rugged Outback. The Forester is manufactured in Gunma, Japan, and SOA has to wait for the parent corporation to build the new U.S.-specification 2022 Forester.
Subaru Corporation says for the 2022 model change; Forester gets an improved suspension for all trim levels improving driving performance. U.S. models will also get the new-generation Subaru EyeSight safety technology that includes stereo cameras with a wider angle (extended visibility) and enhanced software for an increased view of the road in front and behind the compact SUV.
The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness compact SUV will have an advanced dual function X-Mode, elevated 9.5-inch ground clearance, standard front and rear skid plates, and an upgraded suspension.
The Forester Wilderness will also wear 17-inch Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires and come with a full-size spare tire. The new Forester will also feature a modified Lineartronic CVT automatic (Continuously Variable Transmission) and an upgraded rear differential with a final drive ratio of 4.44:1.
Because of the global microchip shortage, The 2022 Forester production has been delayed. The all-new Forester Wilderness will come later than the standard model.
Reports say the 2022 Subaru Forester will arrive in Australian showrooms “in the coming months, pending any unforeseen delays.” When will Subaru of America announce the U.S.-specification 2022 Forester? Stay tuned.
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