2020 Subaru Forester, e-Boxer Hybrid, new 2020 Forester features
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Subaru Reveals 2020 Forester With 3 New Upgrades, Still No Hybrid Model

Subaru announces the 2020 Forester is coming with new upgrades. See what improvements and changes are coming on the compact SUV.

Subaru will bring a 2020 Forester for customers later this year, so if you didn’t buy the newly-remodeled 2019 model, a few more improvements have been made. Subaru Japan will get the new models next month, but U.S. customers will have to wait until fall. Subaru Corp announced the 2020 Forester will get a new color, new exterior upgrades, and a new safety feature.

The 2020 Subaru Forester will get a new exterior color, Magnetic Gray Metallic, pictured here on the Japan-spec Forester X-Break, the same as the U.S. trim Forester Sport. The 2020 Forester will also feature a new LED license plate lamp that will come standard on Sport, Limited and Touring trims.

2020 Subaru Forester Magnetic Grey

Forester safety reminder

For the 2020 model year, all Subaru Forester trims will come with a new Rear Seat Reminder like we reported the 2020 Ascent will get. The new feature will give the driver a reminder to check the rear seat before exiting the SUV. It’s designed to assist in preventing a child or a pet from accidentally being locked and trapped in the vehicle.

Subaru says the system will not be able to physically sense the presence of children or pets in the rear seat area, but it will turn on if one of the following conditions is met: the vehicle is started within 30 minutes after a rear side door is opened and closed; a rear side door is opened and closed when the vehicle is running and stationary; the vehicle is turned off and back on again within 30 minutes, and the rear side doors remained closed.

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The Rear Seat Reminder will alert the driver with an audible sound after the vehicle is turned off and will display a warning message in the Combination Meter Display, reminding the driver to check the rear seat area. It could also be a good reminder to check for valuables or electronic devices left in plain sight after a shopping or road trip.

No e-Boxer Hybrid

Subaru Corp also announced the Japan-spec Forester e-Boxer hybrid model is selling better than expected. The hybrid model now accounts for nearly half of all Forester sales (47%) in the home country of Japan. This model has not been announced for U.S. customers, so they can only look and not touch.

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Would you buy a Forester e-Boxer hybrid if it were offered in the US?
100 percent as long as the mpg is as high as Rav 4 hybrid and power is increased, I like the greenhouse of the Forrester better, I have 2014 limited with 65,000+
Yes, I would certainly buy a hybrid Forester if available. BUT, it would need to achieve significantly better mileage to make it worthwhile (minimum ~40 MPG).
Own Outback would love a hybrid
Yes! I was waiting on news about the 2020 models in the hope that it would be offered. Now there's no reason to wait and I will make sure to get a 2019 as cheap as possible. I would have gladly paid more for the hybrid.
My 18 Forester is the best of six Subarus I've owned. I'm trading it in for a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid when it gets in later this month. Subaru missed the boat for market share by withholding its hybrid Forester here. Most of us who care about the environment want a product that does more to reduce our carbon impact, sooner than later. The Crosstrek isn't big enough and sacrifices too much space to integrate its battery into a vehicle not designed for it. Wake up Subaru. Two years too late isn't good enough to keep my business.
Could never figure how a hybrid is good for the enviroment. Battery production is disastrous on the enviroment and the batteries are charged on the grid. Go figure.
Yes of course. Why is Subaru confining the hybrid to JDM?
One small step for mankind, one giant leap for Subaru...
Would only want the hybrid if it were performance tuned, but there is little chance of that from Subaru.
I am unable to find the source for this information. Can you lead me to the announcement by Subaru?