Will Consumers Respond to New 2019 Subaru Forester Like Smokin Hot Crosstrek
Subaru has three vehicles in the U.S. that have kept Subaru of America setting records for the past 8 years. The Outback, Crosstrek and Forester are the top three selling models in the lineup, but while the other two are up in sales, Forester is slowing down before the all-new fifth-generation model arrives next year.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek received a complete makeover and is up 14.5 percent for the year, Outback, in its mid-cycle, is up 5.2 percent and Forester is due now for a remodel and is down 0.3 percent. The all-new fifth-generation 2019 Forester is due to make its dealer launch in October 2018 and it should give the brand a huge boost. Consumers are waiting to see what the new 5th generation Forester will look like. If it’s anything like Crosstrek, it should be a hit with small SUV buyers.
2019 Forester updates
We do know Forester is getting the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP), new exterior design language like Crosstrek, Impreza and Ascent, a new direct injection boxer engine with a small bump in hp, improved fuel-efficiency, the Lineartronic CVT automatic gets lighter, and gets new upgrades, and all trims could come standard with the latest EyeSight driver assist safety system.
Like Crosstrek, look for the new 2019 Forester to get a larger rear lift gate opening to make loading large cargo easier. It will also be more comfortable and roomier inside because of the new SGP, and come with a lower center of gravity for improved driving dynamics. The new architecture underpinning the 2019 Forester will be 70 percent more rigid which translates to reduced vibrations and a smoother ride, and the new platform will reduce body roll of the vehicle by 50 percent compared to present models.
The Subaru Forester small SUV is next in line in the brand’s stable to get a complete makeover and it’s due. Consumers are waiting to see the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester and sales of the present model are slowing down, but the new-generation model is coming in the fourth quarter of 2018. Look for the new small SUV to be a hit like stablemate Crosstrek when it arrives next fall.
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