Subaru has revealed the facelifted version of the fifth-generation Forester mid-size SUV, which is due in Australian showrooms in the third quarter of this year with sharper styling and improved safety.
Up front, the Forester now features more angular headlights, a redesigned grille and a fresh bumper with restyled foglights, while new sets of alloy wheels are found at the side.
That said, excluding the extra paintwork choices, no changes appear to have been made to the Forester’s rear end, Similarly, aside from some different upholstery options, its interior also carries over.
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More importantly, the Forester’s advanced driver-assist systems have been bettered, thanks to the inclusion of a wide-angle stereo camera and four radars split evenly between the bumpers. As a result, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) has gained intersection assist.
Moreover, the Forester’s suspension set-up has been tweaked, with Subaru claiming to have “achieved both suppleness and sportiness at a high level”.
As reported, the facelifted Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail, Mitsubishi Outlander and Hyundai Tucson rival will arrive locally with carryover powertrains.
These will include a 136kW/239Nm 2.5-litre naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder engine, and a ‘self-charging’ hybrid system that pairs a 2.0-lite unit with an electric motor.
Pricing and full specification details for the revised Forester will be released in the coming months, but for reference, the pre-facelift model kicks off from $35,190 plus on-road costs and reaches $46,490.