New Subaru Forester Unveiled at LA Auto Show: A Glimpse into Subaru’s Electrified Future

Subaru made a grand entrance at the LA Auto Show, revealing its latest Forester model that promises to be more than just a facelift. With a strong presence in Subaru showrooms in the UK, it is anticipated that the new Forester will also make its way to the British market. Boasting a track record of selling 2.6 million cars in the US alone, it is clear that Subaru’s formula for success with the Forester has resonated with consumers.

While the exterior design of the Forester remains true to its iconic five-door shape, subtle enhancements can be observed, such as modernized head and tail lamps, an updated grille, and a wider stance. But it’s what lies beneath that truly sets the new Forester apart. Equipped with symmetrical all-wheel drive, the latest model features an upgraded dual-function X-mode and an impressive 221mm ground clearance. In the UK, drivers can expect a 2.0-litre engine, while their US counterparts will enjoy a 2.5-litre flat-four engine.

However, the most exciting revelation is the impending arrival of the Forester’s first full-hybrid model, signaling Subaru’s move towards electrification. Atsushi Osaki, CEO of Subaru, not only unveiled the new Forester at the event but also made a groundbreaking announcement. Subaru has plans to launch four new fully electric vehicles (EVs) by 2026 and an additional four by 2028, complementing their existing Solterra EV, developed in collaboration with Toyota’s bZ4X.

Subaru enthusiasts will also appreciate the advancements in the Forester’s chassis, boasting a ten-percent increase in stiffness compared to its predecessor. The ride has been refined, promising a smoother driving experience, while improved insulation contributes to a quieter cabin. Inside, upgrades have been made to elevate quality and enhance the infotainment system. The centerpiece is an impressive 11.6-inch touchscreen, oriented in portrait mode, offering wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Additionally, wireless smartphone charging has been introduced for added convenience. Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance system has also received upgrades, expanding its field of view and improving cyclist and pedestrian detection. Even the tailgate has received a tech makeover, now operable with a simple wave of the foot beneath the front bumper.

The new Subaru Forester is scheduled to hit the US market in the middle of next year, with UK availability expected in 2024. Anticipate a slight increase in pricing, with the starting point likely to move closer to £40,000, up from the current base price of just under £38,000.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is Subaru’s plan for electrification?
Subaru intends to release four fully electric vehicles (EVs) by 2026, followed by an additional four by 2028. This is in addition to their current Solterra EV, developed in collaboration with Toyota’s bZ4X.

2. What are the notable features of the new Subaru Forester?
The new Subaru Forester offers upgrades such as symmetrical all-wheel drive, dual-function X-mode, increased ground clearance, improved chassis stiffness, enhanced ride comfort, advanced infotainment with an 11.6-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone charging, upgraded EyeSight driver assistance system, and a futuristic gesture-operated tailgate.

3. When will the new Subaru Forester be available in the UK?
The new Subaru Forester is expected to arrive in the UK market in 2024.

4. How much will the new Subaru Forester cost?
While exact pricing details are yet to be announced, it is anticipated that the starting price for the new Forester will be closer to £40,000, up from the current base price of just under £38,000.