The 2022 Subaru Forester was just announced in Japan, and it gets a refresh. Subaru gives most vehicles a "big model change" (BMC) in year four of its model cycle. Forester had a complete remodel in 2019, and 2022 is the year for more model changes.
A new exterior look
The 2022 Subaru Forester gets a new front fascia outside (headlights, bumper, hexagon grille). The 2022 Forester also gets newly designed aluminum wheels. In addition, the Japanese automaker has expanded the exterior color options with a new Cascade Green Silica, Autumn green metallic, and Brilliant bronze metallic.
Subaru Corporation put the 2022 Forester on display at its Subaru Ebisu headquarters showroom in Tokyo, Japan.
New upgrades inside
Subaru will also make upgrades to the Forester interior. Inside, the newly-refreshed Forester comes with brown Nappa leather seats and silver stitching. In addition, some trim levels will offer ultra suede leather with silver stitching.
Improved driving dynamics
In addition, Subaru Corporation says for the 2022 model change; Forester gets an improved suspension for all trim levels improving driving performance.
Improved safety technology
Subaru Corporation is continually improving its safety technology, and the 2022 Forester gets upgrades. The refreshed Forester comes with the new-generation Subaru EyeSight safety technology that includes stereo cameras with a wider angle (extended visibility) and improved software for an increased view of the road in front and behind the compact SUV.
Subaru has a goal of zero fatal accidents by 2030, and the next-generation EyeSight is another step in that direction.
2022 Forester models will get the rugged Wilderness upgrade
Subaru of America will introduce the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness sub-brand model this year, confirmed by Subaru of New England. The new model will be for North American customers and get similar upgrades as the 2022 Outback Wilderness.
The rugged 2022 Forester Wilderness will get larger wheels, all-terrain tires, additional ground clearance (9.5-inches), protective underbody skid plates, aggressive exterior cladding, and a durable StarTex interior.
It's unsure what will power the Forester Wilderness, but the FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged engine producing 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque would be the perfect engine for the rugged model.
The 2022 Subaru Forester will come in six trim levels for U.S. customers; Base, Premium, Sport, all-new Wilderness, Limited, and Touring.
When will the 2022 Subaru Forester arrive in U.S. showrooms?
The retailer launch for the 2022 Subaru Forester should be this summer, but it could be pushed back to early this fall, 2021, because of the recently announced plant closure in Gunma, Japan, in July. The Forester Wilderness is expected to arrive at Subaru showrooms in November of 2021.
Subaru of America has not released information or pricing on the 2022 Forester. However, as the Camden, N.J. automaker reveals the 2022 Forester compact SUV changes, Torque News will publish the announced U.S.-specification upgrades.
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