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4 new upgrades to look for on the 2017 Subaru Forester

Subaru announces a new upgraded edition of the 2016 Forester in Japan. What new upgrades are coming on the U.S. spec 2017 Forester?


The 2016 Subaru Forester is in a mid-cycle and due for some exterior and interior upgrades. Subaru will bring a Forester with new upgrades to the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 on October 28 for the press day. It will get new upgrades in its exterior design, safety, driving dynamics and utility. This is a Japan model and U.S. buyers will likely see these upgrades on the 2017 Subaru Forester.

What changes are coming? Subaru typically makes some changes to the headlights and taillights during the mid-cycle refresh because they can change the look of the car and it doesn’t requiring expensive sheet metal redevelopment. This is exactly what Subaru is doing to Forester. It also gets upgrades on the inside and underneath.

What’s coming on the new Forester?

The Forester exterior will get a redesigned front end that will feature redesigned headlights, front grill and bumper. It will also get new rear taillights, new aluminum wheels and new exterior colors like Dark Blue Pearl and Sepia Bronze Metallic. Forester will be quieter inside because of the increased door glass thickness, strengthening the sealing, and improvements made to the Lineartronic transmission.

Inside, Forester gets a new look instrument panel with silver and piano-black metallic accents. It also comes with a new leather covering on instrument panel, center console and door trim. Forester will also get a new color LCD multi-informational display showing the status of EyeSight and SI-Drive functions. It also features a new SD navigation enabling Siri services. New heated rear seats and driver-side power memory seat are also being added.

Driving dynamics were improved in the new Forester with upgrades made to the steering response by modifying the steering-gear ratio. Suspension settings were also optimized to offer a smoother ride in the all-wheel-drive SUV. Subaru says they also increased fuel mileage in the naturally aspirated models with improved combustion and by reducing friction in the engine.

New safety performance on Forester

Subaru is always upgrading the safety performance in their automobiles and Forester gets the latest EyeSight safety system. Forester’s safety performance has been improved by adopting the newest version of EyeSight, an advanced safety package that includes newly developed Adaptive Driving Beam headlights, and Subaru’s first LED high & low beam lights and steering responsive headlights.

Subaru recently announced they will hold a test-ride event at their “Subaru active life Square” where they will let guests who signed up participate in a special off-road course to experience the new Forester. The event will take place today, October 6, 2015 in Japan at the Moripaku Outdoor Village. Subaru will officially unveil the new 2017 Forester SUV at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 on October 28 to the press. Stay tuned.

Media source: Subaru Japan


Glen Gates (not verified)    March 17, 2016 - 2:33PM

Some good upgrades, especially the drivers side memory seat. Now if they would add retractable outside mirrors (for those narrow garages) they would have s great vehicle.