2018 Subaru Forester – All Round Utility Vehicle
Unveiled in 2012, the current Forester is not that old. Because the competition in its class is brutal, the car lost quite a few sales since it was released. In fact, it lost nearly half of its market share which made Subaru think again about updating it. There are rumors floating around that they are already working on a new model with the upcoming 2018 Subaru Forester.
However, unlike the previous generations which were the same car since the ‘90s, the new one will be all new. This should be Subaru’s first entirely new car in ages, and it should be the start for revising their entire roster.
Subaru Forester 2018 Price
While they haven’t said anything about the upcoming vehicle, we do know that Subaru is working on a new modular platform. This will eventually underpin all of their models from the small Impreza all the way to the Legacy. This new platform is going to be with up to 110% more structurally rigid than before and with some help it should be lighter as well. There is still no word on the actual release date of the car, but if we had to guess, then late 2017 seems just about right.
This would allow the company to develop the car fully and sort out all the possible issues that may surface during its development. The new platform of the rumored Subaru Forester 2018 should allow them to drop the price to as low as $21,000 which for an all-wheel drive car is incredible.
Design – new look of Subaru Forester
That’s right; the upcoming Forester is still going to be offered with a great all-wheel drive system as standard. However, this time around the system is expected to be a partial all-wheel drive system. This means that the car will be front wheel drive most of the time while when needed, the rear wheels will be engage receiving engine power. This might seem strange, but it should allow Subaru to offer a more efficient and easier to drive a car than before but still allowing it to be equally capable on off-road excursions. It’s rather old design, which has been criticized by many, is expected to be changed.
In its place, we should now see a more modern looking crossover which would be slightly sportier in design. The size should remain pretty similar, but the new platform will mean that inside the cabin there will be more room than before. Also, the dull and gray design of the cabin will be gone. In its place, 2018 Subaru Foreste should now offer a much more modern dashboard with an even better driving position than before.
Drive-train of 2018 Subaru Forester
The changes for the rumored 2018 Subaru Forester don’t seem to end inside and outside the cabin. Instead, the car is also expected to receive an all new set of engines. This time around it appears that the base model might get a small 1.6-liter turbocharged flat-four unit. This would develop 170 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque which happens to be just on the same level as what the older 2.5-liter engine offered. The good part would be the torque which would be available from as low as 1,500 rpm.
On top of that, the smaller engine should return up to 15% higher efficiency than before. The top of the range model, on the other hand, will stick with a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four.
We already saw this engine in the Impreza and few other vehicles in the Subaru’s lineup. This will offer more power and more torque at lower revs, and it will be more efficient as well. With 250 hp at 5,600 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque available from 2,000 rpm, it should easily provide the best in class performances. A CVT gearbox is still expected to be offered across the range, but it seems that a manual might become available for the top end model as an optional extra as well.
While CVT is a better choice if you want the best efficiency we have a lot of complaints about it. Even it does get the job done we would like to try out few other options, and it will be interesting to see what will Subaru bring.
2018 Subaru Forester Video
Notion: Photos used resemble 2017 Subaru Forester.