The current Subaru Forester is not that old. But because the market competition is hostile, the model even though being unveiled in 2012 and underwent upgrades in mid-2016, has lost quite a bit of its sales. Statistically speaking, half of its market sales is lost and for that reason, the manufacturer is thinking of giving it another makeover! As per gossips, they will likely make those upgrades in their approaching 2018 Subaru Forester, and there is some strong belief that this new model will be completely different to its existing models. However, there is still no proper information available, and all car enthusiasts will just have to wait patiently. Owing to some internal sources, a few of its specifics got revealed to the delight of so many car enthusiasts! Let’s take a closer look at them.
2018 Subaru Forester: Engine Options and Fuel Economy
There is certainly a lot of power under its hood. As per the speculations, the new 2018 Subaru Forester is all set to get a brand new engine. The base models will get a 1.6-liter turbo engine which can notch up around 170 HP of power and 170 lb-ft of torque. It is also believed that the torque is available from as low as 1500 rpm. The engine efficiency is going to 15% more if compared to some of the earlier models.
As for the 2018 Subaru Forester top trims, the engine would be a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder unit. Its power capacity is going to be around 250 P with 5600 rpm and torque would be 258 lb-ft. Though there is a probability of a CVT gearbox incorporated in most of the upcoming models, it could get a manual transmission accompanied with one additional option to give it more power.
The fuel economy within the city is expected to somewhere around 26 mpg and 33 mpg in freeways. Combined it is about 38 mpg of mileage.
There are still some extensive testings going out with its engine in order to find the right combination. Though these options are most likely to be used for the 2018 Subaru Forester model, its makers are also looking to try out some other options. One would just have to wait at watch what this new model brings to the realm.
Changes and Features
The model was designed according to VIZIV 2 pattern comprising of a sporty body, a comfortable utility cabin, an all-wheel drive system and a revolutionary engine. The new 2018 Subaru Forester model could have some substantial modifications and might also be lighter than its predecessors. It could possibly incorporate a new grille, could be more rugged in appearance, might include a sturdier appearing bumper and its headlights and taillights will undergo some notable alterations.
Car enthusiasts could also find that new LED headlights and taillights will feature HID light technology, which will turn on automatically according to light conditions. The wheels are of 18 inches and have aluminum alloy in it.
The cabin has been made more comfortable and luxurious, changes in the seat upholstery will be seen prominent, and drivers will notice that the steering wheels are not as heavy as its previous models.
There is more space for leg rest. New and advanced infotainment systems have been installed and an upgraded touchscreen controller having fewer options replaces its older system. Its dashboard emits a futuristic appeal. A better cabin air conditioner has been installed which will allow for uniform cooling throughout the cabin. The cargo space is also sufficient for travelers excess baggage. In total, it would accommodate 7 adult passengers.
Other than these inclusions, its makers have also made some slight changes in smartphone connectivity with the inclusion of more connectivity ports. A new music system with superb speakers will also be seen. In simple words, its cabin will look really impressive.
Price and Arrival
The 2018 Subaru Forester is expected to be launched either at the end of 2017 or early part of 2018. Its price, with all probability, could start from $21,000.