New 2021 Subaru Forester will be additionally improved. This information is already confirmed by the automaker. The upcoming SUV will get both visual and mechanical changes. That includes hybrid drivetrain and numerous exterior improvements.
On top of that, the interior will also get further refinements and it will look better as a result. Not only that, the cabin will now offer better comfort and more technology. Subaru will once again offer Forester STI version that will deliver around 300 horses.
2021 Forester Exterior Facelift
We don’t expect significant upgrades from the outside. Both styling and design will largely remain. Of course, some small modifications will happen for sure. New 2021 Subaru Forester will arrive with an angular approach and its shape is slightly modified. Additional chrome trims are in the offer and are visible at first glance. A grille is enlarged, but not significantly.
On top of that, both front and rear bumpers are looking bolder than before. New Forester will ride on a longer wheelbase this time. That will result in better interior legroom, especially for the rear occupants. There will be a couple of trim levels so you can equip your new Forester to a sportier level or if you like a luxury, this is another option.
Interior is another department where Subaru won’t make drastic changes. The forthcoming 2021 Subaru Forester will get improved legroom. Now, the rear-seat passengers can enjoy ample legroom. This SUV will also get more technology. That means we can expect a long list of standard features. Forester offers dual-zone climate control, navigation, Bluetooth and numerous USB ports.
Optionally, this SUV comes with a premium Harman Kardon sound system, heated seats, and steering wheel. An 8-inch touchscreen is in the offer, along with the keyless entry, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. As for safety, Subaru is offering impressive driver-assistance features. That includes auto emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring. Even the comfort will be better now thanks to a new cloth upholstery.
Hybrid Speculations, Specs, Transmission
New Forester will continue to ride on its standard 2.5-liter gasoline engine. This unit is producing 170 horses and 174 lb-ft of torque. While not that powerful, this engine is rated at 26 mph in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Speaking of fuel economy, the 2021 Subaru Forester will look to deliver an all-new hybrid drivetrain.
This is not confirmed yet, but reliable sources are predicting astonishing mileage and over 220 horsepower. Besides that, you can expect the same optional 2.0-liter turbo engine that generates 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Just like on the current model, Subaru will offer a CVT gearbox.
Subaru Forester STI
Logically, Subaru plans to continue with the Forester’s high-performance STI variant. The upcoming 2021 Subaru Forester STI will deploy a four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine that can be found in the current Impreza WRX STI model.
This engine will deliver around 300 horses and you can expect sportier handling and lower ride height. On top of that, aerodynamics are improved and everything about this model feels and looks sporty. Interior will get more standard features and it will get more STI badges.
2021 Subaru Forester Price and Release Date
We hope for the prices to stay intact. The 2021 Subaru Forester will most likely cost the same as its predecessor. That means you can buy this SUV for around $24,500. If Forester Hybrid arrives, it will cost closer to $30,000. Subaru plans to release its newest SUV in the second half of 2020.