2020 Subaru Forester STI – Comeback of the Sporty SUV

The 2020 Subaru Forester STI is about to arrive. This model was firstly killed and now it is making a comeback in the high-performance variant. A five-passenger compact crossover comes with great performances and driving manners. It also offers good off-road ability and higher ground clearance.

Subaru clearly plans to refresh its sporty crossover lineup. Forester STI seems to be a perfect candidate. First renderings are showing us some serious changes. That includes both exterior and interior design. Performance-wise, XTI version will probably arrive with a powerful 2.5-liter engine.

2020 Subaru Forester STI concept

New Forester STI Design Renderings

The upcoming 2020 Subaru Forester STI will get some serious modifications. First renderings from X-Tomi Design are looking quite impressive. On the same renderings, the STI version looks extremely attractive. Lower riding height didn’t impress the fans at all. Thanks to that, Forester looks more like a wagon than the actual crossover.

However, Subaru’s final product will surely depart from the renderings. An iconic blue exterior paint is available once again. Premium 17-inch wheels are available as standard. 18-inch rims are optional. The design looks very unique and most of the cues are eye-catching. New headlights and the new steering-responsive system will be surely in the offer.

2020 Subaru Forester STI rendering

Sporty Interior Look

From the inside, new 2020 Subaru Forester STI will look impressive. The cabin looks modern and comfort is truly great. We can spot plenty of interesting shapes and designs. Thicker glass and acoustic windshield are just some of the innovations. The cabin will be quiet and the ride will be surely pleasant. Subaru offers plenty of upscale materials and soft-touch surfaces.

Two-row seating configuration and a room for five passengers will remain. This crossover offers great visibility and rear legroom will be ample. On top of that, even the cargo space will be impressive for the compact segment. Unique contrast stitching, STI badges, and leather upholstery are all available as standard.

2020 Subaru Forester STI interior

“Boxer” Engine and “e-Boxer” Hybrid Drivetrain

We still don’t know which engine will power the upcoming 2020 Subaru Forester STI. A 2.5-liter standard engine is unlikely to happen in the STI variant. This engine is producing 180 horsepower. This is shy from Subaru’s goal for this sporty crossover. For that reason, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is a more likely candidate.

This engine is also known as the “Boxer”. It packs 300 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, CVT gearbox comes as standard. The things are getting interesting with the speculated hybrid version. “e-Boxer” engine could be in the offer and it will slightly improve overall performance. However, the fuel economy will be significantly improved.

2020 Subaru Forester STI Price and Release Date

The price of the arriving high-performance SUV will start at around $36,000. The 2020 Subaru Forester STI still comes with plenty of mystery. That includes the list of the standard equipment. Subaru will surely deliver impressive least of features. On the other hand, the base model will cost around $25,000

We are still waiting for the manufacturer to release the full vehicle’s details.  Forester STI will hit the dealerships in the first quarter of 2020. Subaru will most likely deliver an upgraded variant of the Impreza STI model.

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