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Next Subaru Forester to adopt Toyota RAV4 Hybrid tech in fresh assault on the Mazda CX-5 - reports

The next Subaru Forester will have a little RAV4 Hybrid in its DNA.

The next Subaru Forester will reportedly have a whole lot of RAV4 Hybrid in its DNA, with the brand to adopt Toyota's popular hybrid technology for its mid-size SUV with the potential for two different electrified engine sizes.

The rumours have arisen in Japan, where local publication Mag-X is reporting that the next-gen Forester will share in Toyota's hybrid technology, part of a deepening of ties between the two companies, and the result of Toyota's ever-increasing ownership stake in Subaru.

According the reports, an all-new Forester will appear around 2023, borrowing some of its styling from the new WRX, and some of its drivetrain tech from the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

In fact, the publication hints at two different powertrain options. The first being a 1.8-litre petrol engine which will partner with an electric motor to produce permanent AWD. The engine in question is thought to be Subaru's own 1.8-litre turbocharged 'boxer' engine which will debut in the local-marker Forester.

The second option, though, is expected to be an electrified answer to Subaru's 2.5-litre petrol engine, which should pair with Toyota's own hybrid tech which will deliver a significant electric power boost, ostensibly to ensure it meets Europe's tightening emissions regulations.

Other news surrounding the next-gen Forester include a a WRX-inspired front-end and lighting structure, as well as a general toughening of the exterior look to shrink the gap to the Wilderness-badged models.