The new and improved 2020 Subaru Forester has been confirmed to hit the market with some changes under the bonnet. So, the Forester is expected to finally get a hybrid engine alongside the current flat-4 unit. Furthermore, we have also heard the next about the new Forester STI version which should be rated at around 300 hp.
2020 Subaru Forester powertrain
The 2020 Subaru Forester will return with the same engine as its predecessor. But the carmaker might also offer some new options. So, to start with the already familiar 2.5-liter flat-4 engine which is able to develop 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission and comes standard with all-wheel drive system. It features a stop/start system as well. As for the fuel economy, the Forester is very good and it is estimated to be 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined.
On the other hand, we have heard the news about the new Forester STI version which could get the WRX engine and it is expected to have the output of at least 300 horsepower. Furthermore, some sources also claim that the new 2020 Subaru Forester could get a hybrid engine as well. But for now, we don’t have any precise information.
Design of exterior and interior
We don’t expect any large departure from the current model in terms of external appearance. The 2020 Subaru Forester will feature a two-box shape with angular lines. And there is a large, vertical grille on the front fascia alongside the attractive headlamps. The rear end sports larger taillights which have been introduced for the 2019 model year, and wide tailgate. The base model rides on the 17-inch steel wheels while the higher trims, the Limited and Touring feature the larger 18-inch wheels. Furthermore, the Sport models will get black trim accents and other versions will receive silver headlamps.
The current model now features an inch longer wheelbase which has increased the leg room for the rear seat passengers. The cargo space has also been improved and now measures 76.1 cubic feet. As for the comfort, the 2020 Subaru Forester will get very cozy front seats. They will be manually adjustable and in the higher trims, it will be 10-way power adjustable. The rear seats are also pretty good and provide excellent comfort. The cloth is the standard upholstery and the higher trim levels will get leather.
The standard equipment of all the models will include a 6.5-inch touchscreen, automatic climate control, power features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and active lane control. The higher trim models will add automatic high-beams, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, Harman Kardon speakers, navigation, a heated steering wheel, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, keyless ignition, and so on.
Release date and price
The carmaker still hasn’t revealed when we can expect the new 2020 Subaru Forester. However, it might arrive sometime next year. The price could stay close to the current which starts at around $24,300.