Will The Next-Generation Subaru Forester Be All-Electric Or Hybrid?
Subaru Corporation just announced the production of its 20-millionth all-wheel-drive vehicle. Embedded in the announcement today was a new timeline for bringing a Forester hybrid model. The report said Subaru Corporation would offer "new strong hybrid vehicles scheduled for release in the mid-2020s."
These will likely be the next-generation Subaru Forester in 2024, Ascent SUV in 2024, and Outback in 2025. Subaru will develop the new hybrid technology with Toyota similar to the current Crosstrek Hybrid available in the U.S. market. The technology will be different from the e-Boxer Forester hybrid currently available in Japan, Australia, and Europe.
When will Forester be all-electric?
The first-ever all-electric Subaru Solterra SUV will be unveiled next year as a 2023 model year. The 2023 Subaru Solterra is being developed with Toyota now. After Subaru sells the global vehicle in the U.S. and measures public acceptance, Subaru of America will likely launch new Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent EVs, but not until the early 2030s.
Subaru recently announced new organizational changes and said its goal is to be an organization better suited for developing new technologies such as electric technology, software, and communications.
Subaru stated in May in its mid-term management vision statement; they will contribute to achieving a carbon-free society with Subaru's strengths and technological innovation. The automaker will accomplish this with "highly responsive electric motors, Subaru's all-wheel-drive capability and driving dynamics will be further enhanced."
Subaru announced organizational changes that will further promote electrification. While Subaru is taking a slow approach, the 2023 Subaru Solterra EV SUV is the first step in developing an all-electric lineup.
Customers in the U.S. can expect to see the all-electric 2023 Subaru Solterra make its debut early this winter and land in Subaru showrooms in the U.S. in the summer of 2022.
Subaru of America will likely introduce the next-generation Subaru Forester in 2024, Ascent SUV in 2024, and Outback in 2025 with new hybrid technology. Subaru of America won't launch new Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent all-electric models until the early 2030s. Stay tuned.
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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. Check out 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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