Subaru has been unveiling updated models, and speculation points to the Forester as the next in line for a significant overhaul.
The brand has hinted at the unveiling of a “newly redesigned Subaru” at the 2023 L.A. Auto Show on November 16, but it has not officially confirmed that this vehicle is the Forester. However, considering the Forester is next in line for an update, the forest-themed teaser images on the reveal website strongly suggest its arrival.
Subaru aims to incorporate “strong hybrids and electric vehicles” into its lineup by 2025. One area where the current Forester lags behind competitors like the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson is the absence of a hybrid option. This gap will become increasingly important as time goes on.
To address this, the new Forester could potentially adopt hybrid technology from Toyota, Subaru’s largest single shareholder at 20%. Specifically, the engine from the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, producing 219hp and 220Nm of torque, could be integrated. Such a powertrain would not only enhance the Forester’s performance, potentially reducing its 0-100km/h time, but it could also lead to a significant improvement in city fuel economy.
The existing 2.5-litre flat-four combustion engine could still serve as a base option for the new Forester, offering customers a choice between hybrid and traditional powertrains.