The forthcoming 2021 Subaru Forester is one of the essential models in the brand’s lineup of crossovers and SUVs. While many reports are suggesting a complete redesign, the latest stories are saying the opposite. Instead, a new Forester will arrive with a mid-cycle facelift. That will include various cosmetic upgrades and interior updates.
However, new Forester SUV could arrive with a hybrid powertrain option. Moreover, Subaru considers returning the famous Forester STI version. The Forester model is both roomy and practical. On top of that, it comes with a standard AWD system. However, we think this model lacks a couple of modern features, and we hope that Subaru will deliver it in 2021.
2021 Forester Facelift
As always before, the Japanese manufacturer will put functionality over design. However, that doesn’t mean the 2021 Subaru Forester will look bad. The latest updates will improve its stance, and arriving SUV should gain a more stylish appearance. Subaru will opt for small dimensional changes, so new Forester will be slightly larger than the outgoing model. That means the new model will be taller.
Moreover, Forester will get more ground clearance and brand-new plastic cladding. Upfront, new LED headlights are installed, and the front fascia will get a reshaped grille. Adaptive LED headlights will be optional, along with the panoramic moonroof. Lastly, Subaru will deliver standard rear spoiler and new roof rails.
The upcoming 2021 Subaru Forester continues to offer a very practical cabin. However, the new Forester will be taller so the passengers will enjoy ample headroom from now on. The focus is on comfort, but Forester is pretty solid in terms of technology. On the other hand, some high-tech amenities are still not available. New upholstery is in the works, so the comfort will be even greater in 2021.
The dashboard carries the same clean design as before, and the layout of buttons shouldn’t change at all. Subaru will also replace the cloth upholstery in lower-grade trim levels. New Forester should offer around 76.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is impressive. Moreover, the Japanese manufacturer will provide the latest driver-assistance aids and possibly an optional and larger display.
New Engine Just a Rumor, Return of the STI a Possibility
At this moment, the new powertrain option is still just a rumor. One thing is sure, new 2021 Subaru Forester will once again offer a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This unit can produce 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, it comes with a standard CVT transmission. The rumored new engine should become optional if it really happens. Another interesting speculation is the return of the famous STI variant.
Forester STI could make a comeback with 2.0-liter turbo gasoline with over 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of twisting power. Moreover, the STI version will offer a manual transmission. The all-wheel-drive system is standard on all Forester trim levels, which is great. As for fuel efficiency, the new Forester will deliver 33 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city.
2021 Subaru Forester Release Date and Price
The price of the approaching 2021 Subaru Forester starts at $30,000. If the iconic STI variant indeed returns, it will cost slightly below $40,000. Subaru will release its new model in the coming months, before the end of 2020.