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2022 Subaru Forester Update - 5 New Details Revealed Before The U.S. Debut

Subaru of America’s top-selling Forester SUV is enhanced with a makeover for the 2022 model year. Here are new details before the U.S. reveal.

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The 2022 Subaru Forester has not been announced by Subaru of America yet, but new details surface from reports in Australia. We expect an announcement in August for the U.S. specifications. Before the reveal, we know the 2022 Forester gets a freshened front with revised headlights, fog lights, front bumper, and grille treatment.

Improved safety technology

There will be improved safety technology with added next-generation EyeSight driver assist technology, including a new lane-centering function, lane departure prevention, and autonomous emergency steering.

2022 Subaru Forester features and upgrades

A retuned suspension

The 2022 Forester will also come with enhanced suspension and off-road technology. The compact SUV will feature retuned front springs and dampers for improved ride comfort, steering responsiveness, and handling. Subaru says the new aluminum engine mount bracket will reduce vibrations and noise inside the cabin.

Improved off-road capability

The Forester’s all-wheel-drive system gets improvements with enhanced X-Mode with the ability to automatically re-engage once the SUV speed drops to 22 mph or less, and a revised Hill Descent Control improves vehicle control speed.

2022 Subaru Forester features and upgrades

New hand gesture control feature

The Forester’s Driver Monitoring System adds a new gesture-controlled temperature adjustment for the air-conditioning, a new feature for Subaru that enables drivers to adjust the temperature with a simple hand gesture.

New colors and upgrades inside and outside

2022 Subaru Forester features and upgrades

Forester gets an updated instrument panel design inside, and Sport trims now have a circular fog light design featuring 6 LED lights and a revised rear bumper lower cladding. New colors are Autumn Green, Brilliant Bronze, and Cascade Green, which are available on all trims other than Forester Sport.

The 2022 Subaru Forester gets a makeover with new safety, suspension, off-road capability, hand gesture control, an upgraded instrument panel, new colors, and Sport trim upgrades. The U.S. specifications will be announced soon, likely in August. Stay tuned.

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Don Levin (not verified)    July 18, 2021 - 6:33PM

Trying to adjust temperature with “a simple hand gesture” sounds complicated. Doesn’t law require both hands on steering wheel? Voice recognition has greatly improved in phones, home speakers etc, and cars. Hey Subaru, decrease temperature 3 degrees. Confirm. Can fan speed be adjusted by another hand gesture? Again, Hey Subaru raise fan speed three settings.

Don Levin (not verified)    July 19, 2021 - 4:39PM

In reply to by Mark Nixon (not verified)

The safe way was at a stop. But often a quick knob turn while moving changed radio or climate controls. Then many controls were buried in touch screen menus. Why go back to hands when we have sophisticated voice already there?

Don Levin (not verified)    July 20, 2021 - 8:09AM

In reply to by Zach (not verified)

I downloaded 2021 Forester Touring manual but only found: Fan speed control
Select the preferred fan speed by turning
the fan speed control dial.
No mention of voice anywhere in Climate Control section. Is voice undocumented?

Zach (not verified)    August 16, 2021 - 1:42PM

In reply to by Bob Giorgi (not verified)

I mean, it’s got a button to shut it off after you start the car, they’ve had that since 2019 though, it’s not advertised but the auto stop start is smoother on the 2022 outbacks compared to before, not sure if that’s just me getting used to it or if they have actually made some change to it.

Bob Giorgi (not verified)    August 16, 2021 - 4:24PM

Would be a pain in the button to have to push it every time I get in and start the damned car. I am looking at an '18 base model (no frills), 30K miles for $27,000. Last year for no start/stop feature. Car sold for less when new, bu this is definitely the wrong time to be buying a car, period. Comments appreciated.