Subaru Forester’s New Dual-Function X-MODE; Why Adventure-Seekers Want It
Adventure enthusiasts don’t necessarily want to go off-road to see how crazy they can get, you want a vehicle that will take you off-road to get you places you normally couldn’t go in a typical SUV. The new 2019 Subaru Forester will get you to those places safely because of one feature called X-MODE that you won’t find on other small SUVs.
Forester comes with 8.7-inches off ground clearance and Subaru’s excellent Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. X-MODE is for more extreme adventures and comes standard on Premium trims. But Subaru enhanced the system for other 2019 models and it’s the one you want.
Standard X-MODE comes on the base 2019 Forester and it’s Subaru's solution to improving off-road capability. X-MODE works by altering 5 key areas of the vehicle, starting with the engine and working it's way out to the brakes. Throttle mapping, transmission mapping, center clutch torque distribution, and brakes are all utilized to improve the off-road ability of the vehicle.
Why adventure enthusiasts want new Dual-Function X-MODE
Subaru made changes to the new 2019 Forester for improved off-road ability. It’s called Dual-Function X-MODE, and it’s available on Sport, Limited, and Touring trims. The new dual-function X-MODE has settings for snow, dirt, and mud and is the latest addition to X-MODE for the fifth-generation Forester.
The 2019 Forester with Dual-Function X-MODE adds additional capability when you get into deep snow and mud and steep inclines when you are farther away from civilization. In these scenarios, maintaining momentum is critical, and you don’t want to get stuck, so Subaru alters settings to allow for more wheel slip.
5 ways X-MODE keeps you from getting stuck
Without getting too technical, Subaru alters the engine RPMs to give you more power in slippery situations. The new X-MODE also works in concert with the CVT automatic and keeps the transmission in a lower gear for more wheel torque. Next, it distributes power between the front and rear axels for optimal traction in wet, slippery conditions.
The next thing Dual-Function X-MODE does is change the Forester’s brakes by locking up one wheel if it senses it spinning. The system knows it needs extra grip instead of letting the wheel spin. Lastly, the new Forester comes with Hill Descent Control when descending a hill it ensures the Forester’s speed doesn’t increase, managing the braking to provide a controlled, smooth and safe descent.
The new for 2019 Dual-Function X-MODE is all controlled by a knob on the console allowing you to switch from Snow and Dirt mode to the new Deep Snow and Deep Mud Mode. This mode allows the Forester to maintain momentum when you get off the beaten path in more extreme deep snow and mud situations.
For adventure enthusiasts who want to get farther off the beaten path for hiking, rock climbing, fishing or camping trips, the new 2019 Subaru Forester gets the new Dual-Function X-MODE for improved off-road ability. It’s the feature that will get you back home safely.
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