Meet The 2021 Subaru Forester - Why You Should Wait One More Year
The Subaru Forester offers value for SUV shoppers now, and it gets better for the 2021 model year change. The 2021 Subaru Forester receives upgrades with new steering responsive LED headlights, high beam assist, and rear seatbelt reminder. The 2021 Forester comes with a modest price increase, and some optional features are now standard. You can read about the complete 2021 Forester model changes here.
Subaru gives its SUVs minor upgrades in the third year after a complete remodel. Forester was all-new in 2019, and the next significant changes come next year when the fifth-generation Subaru Forester is in its fourth year of production. Here's is why you should wait for the 2022 Subaru Forester.
The 2022 Subaru Forester is the one you want
The 2022 Subaru Forester is the model change to watch. The fourth year of Forester's model life cycle is when the most prominent design, drivetrain, and safety changes happen. Subaru will give the compact SUV a "refresh" with some exterior and interior modifications to upgrade its appearance, but the significant changes will come underneath its skin.
While Subaru has not confirmed the information, a leaked image from a source close to Subaru Corporation revealed for the 2022 model year; Forester would begin production in the spring of 2021 and likely come with significant changes.
The second-generation Subaru Levorg is now confirmed to get the new-generation EyeSight driver assist safety system offering 360-degree sensing by combining the front and rear radars. The new EyeSight X uses 3D high-precision map data with road information for each lane. The 2022 Subaru Forester will also have this latest technology.
A newly-redesigned Lineartronic CVT
Subaru engineers redesigned the Lineartronic CVT automatic to provide smoother acceleration throughout the power curve. They expanded the gear range to achieve stronger acceleration and work in concert with the 7-speed manual mode in the Sport, Limited, and Touring trim levels.
The 2022 Subaru Forester could also come with Levorg's new Drive Mode Select with five selectable driving modes. Subaru says you can change the vehicle's character by choosing Comfort, Sport, Individual, Normal, and Sport+ Modes. The Individual Mode allows customization for up to five drivers that automatically recognizes the custom driving style for each user.
The most significant upgrade for the 2022 model year could be a new turbocharged engine. Subaru is upgrading all its new models with fuel-efficient direct-injection turbocharged (DIT) Boxer engines. The Outback, Legacy, and Ascent have the new DIT powerplant, and the Forester is likely the next model to get one. The new engine will be more efficient than the current naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine.
The 2022 Forester could have a hybrid powertrain. Subaru and Toyota are collaborating on new hybrid technology, and the top-selling Forester could be the next Subaru model to get it. Subaru has confirmed plans to bring new hybrid and plug-in hybrid models to its current lineup of all-wheel-drive models, including the Forester.
While Subaru has not confirmed the information in this report, the 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV will likely come with significant technology and powertrain changes. If you can bide your time, it will be worth the wait.
Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press and the founder of Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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