Riding the new Subaru Global Platform of the Japanese automaker, the 2019 Subaru Forester seems to borrow design elements from the new Ascent three-row crossover. The current Subaru Impreza rolls on the new architecture, which has improved the overall performance of the sport sedan. The Forester crossover is expected to benefit in the same way, helping it stay competitive in what has become an overcrowded segment.
From a design point of view, the first thing you’ll notice is that this new Forester looks much bigger than the old one. The current one is already spacious enough, but maybe this redesign will offer even more space. You can also see styling clues borrowed from Subaru’s three-row SUV, the Ascent, as well as a character line similar to the one you get on the new Impreza.
Like the Ascent, the new 2019 Subaru Forester should ride on the new Subaru Global Platform, a modular architecture designed to be used throughout the range. Considering that it was designed with electrification in mind, there might even be room for a hybrid Forester at some point.
The good news is that we are also going to see a sport variant on the model of the Forester 2.0XT of the current generation. We may also see an improved STI tester, now that Subaru’s STI division is taking the US market seriously. Subaru has already sold a Forester tS in Japan. The vehicle had many chassis upgrades, though its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine delivers the same 250 horsepower as the Forester 2.0XT.