Certainly, the forthcoming Subaru’s compact crossover SUV will be one of the most awaited vehicles for the next season. Well, that’s not a surprise taking into account the quality and the overall performance of this model. 2021 Subaru Forester will be the most practical SUV in the class. Also, the upcoming version offers a roomy interior and outstanding cargo space. On top of that, you’ll find an updated safety suite, premium materials for the cabin, and a reliable engine with an AWD system. However, there have been certain issues with this powertrain in the past years.
Therefore, the Japanese company will probably refine the existing mill. Also, there’s a rumor about developing a hybrid powertrain as well. As for design, the new Forester will continue the recognizable styling of its predecessor. Yet, we might see a couple of updates and unique features for the arriving model. The release date of the compact crossover is still unknown. But, according to the reports from Shibuya City, the Forester will be ready in the Q3 of the year.
2021 Subaru Forester Comes With A Turbocharged Unit?
The ongoing version of Subaru Forester offers only one engine option. It is a well-known 2.5-liter four-cylinder mill, which produces 182 hp. Still, the main attribute of this unit is not the power, but the outstanding fuel economy. This drivetrain returns 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Don’t forget that the Forester comes with an AWD setup as standard. However, we expect that the Japanese automaker will include a more powerful unit for the 2021MY.
Perhaps we will see the Forester Turbo next season? Of course, the engine we thinkin’ of is a 2.4-liter turbo-four. This mill generates 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. But, keep in mind that this engine might be tweaked a bit before it comes to the compact crossover. Also, some rumors claim that the new model will get a hybrid version. At the moment, the hybrid Forester is available in several different markets around the world. But, not in the United States. That could change with the approaching release.
Styling and Equipment
When it comes to the exterior design, there won’t be any drastic changes for the upcoming 2021 Subaru Forester. We’ll see a couple of updates, but nothing is going to be much different from the current version. The crossover will continue with the recognizable styling, riding on a Subaru’s new platform, as most of the new models. The new model will be very light and fuel-efficient, and it will deliver outstanding driving experience and handling.
As for the cabin, it was always one of the Forester’s focal points. However, as with the rest of the design, the majority of features will remain the same. But, the crossover will add more premium materials and a few tech updates. The cabin remains very comfortable, with massive and supportive seats. Also, the second row will provide generous legroom for the passengers. The cargo offers 35.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear wheels.
The overall cargo capacity is 76.1 cubic feet. With these figures, the Forester will be a class-leading model. Equipment-wise, you can count on the safety system from the previous model, with a couple of additional features. So, expect to see adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, pre-collision throttle management, etc. Also, the safety suite includes blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and much more.
All trims will come with a 6.5-inch touch screen as standard, 4-speaker system, satellite/HD radio, and two USB ports. Of course, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity is part of the standard equipment as well. On top of that, higher trims add navigation, an 8-inch display, Bluetooth hands-free text messaging, Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 9-speaker audio system.
2021 Subaru Forester Release Date and Price
Although the release date is still unknown, we expect that the 2021 Subaru Forester will be ready in the second half of the year. The entry-level will come with a starting price of around $25,000. The main rival to the Subaru’s crossover will be Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4.