A prototype you are looking at might seems like a shrunk version of Subaru’s all-new three-row SUV, but it’s not. It’s an early testing mule of the new-generation, 2019 Subaru Forester. The redesigned SUV is still in a development phase, so it won’t be ready before late 2018 or even early 2019.
2019 Forester will use a new platform
Although it’s not the Ascent, Subaru’s next generation Forester will have a lot in common with the new seven-seat crossover. It’s going to share the same architecture, so-called Subaru’s modular platform, which was introduced with the 2017 Impreza and also underpin the all-new Crosstrek. It architecture is special because this way, the 2019 Forester could easily get a hybrid option, plus, it will improve driving dynamics and reduce noise and vibrations in SUV’s cabin, which is one big problem of the current model.
Bigger footprint and more space inside
Even though it’s completely camouflaged, the 2019 Subaru Forester can’t hide its new footprint. Yes, the new generation crossover will be a lot larger, which will separate it from the Crosstrek and provide more space inside. Bearing in mind that today’s model offers more than enough room for both front and rear-end passengers, we can really imagine how spacious will be the redesigned Forester. As far as we think, this might be a signal that the car manufacturer is reconsidering to push the vehicle into luxury segment.
Under the hood
Aside it’s going to be bigger and will ride on a new architecture, the 2019 Subaru Forester will also host some new options beneath the hood. We can’t really think of anything else except some downsized turbocharged engines and a plug-in hybrid. Though, we would not mind to see the 2019 Forester tS in North America. The sporty variant is currently offered in Japan, but the manufacturer won’t miss the chance to add the 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-4-powered model with 250 horsepower and some chassis upgrades.
Stay tuned for updates.