Even though it may not look like it, the current Forester’s chassis has been around for nearly two decades. Subaru decided to keep it that way as it provided a good amount of rigidity, versatility and it was quite cheap to make. However, this won’t go for much longer. There are much stricter safety regulations while fuel efficiency will have to improve and the current platform will soon be left in the dust by its newer competitors. While this would be a problem, Subaru had a new platform in development for quite some time. It seems that the future 2018 Subaru Forester would be the first one to adopt it.
This platform will be highly modular chassis which will eventually be used on all of their cars. On top of that new platform, new engines as well as a new design are going to be used. The end result will finally be a car worth mentioning when getting a new crossover. Also, the new Forester will be the car to set the trend for pretty much all of their future models.
2018 Subaru Forester Release date
There is still no information available about its release date or state of development. However, we are quite sure that test mules are out there in the wild. Also, a production ready version might be seen in the upcoming year while the car could be showcased by the end of 2017.
This would give them plenty of time to finish the car’s development and it will also allow dealers to clear the stock on the current version.
One of the largest changes for the upcoming 2018 Subaru Forester is expected to be the design. So far the car looked like a blown up version of the Impreza.
Well, this will finally change. Instead, the 2018 car will get a more unique look which will have the proportions of a true crossover. The actual size might remain the same. However, pretty much everything else will be new. We actually expect a boxy shape like that of the first generation.
Interior of 2018 Subaru Forester
Another big change will be the interior. Here, pretty much all of Subaru’s current cars have been quite bad. Their interiors were bland, gray and not appealing at all. This should finally change. Instead of the large mass of plastic the new cars should receive something a bit more clever.
Things are not going to get more cluttered. Instead, the new Forester will receive a simpler but classier interior with less buttons. Also, the vertical design of the original will change with something a bit more up to date.
Subaru Forester Engine
Hopefully, under the hood the future 2018 Subaru Forester will keep its Boxer engines. Rumors suggested otherwise but more recently Subaru announced that they will stick to four cylinder Boxer engines. This is a great news because these engines made them unique.
However, the size will go down while the power and fuel efficiency will improve. This time around we expect only turbocharged engines to be used on the new Forester. The base model might be the first to use a new 1.6 liter mill with as much as 200 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. A 2 liter flat-four, similar to what the current WRX has, might also be used.
This should be able to provide 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Despite the increase in power, the fuel efficiency could get better. This should be achieved with the help of an entirely new CVT gearbox.
On top of that new gearbox, the engines will be more efficient thanks to lower friction internals. Its iconic standard all wheel drive system should not change which is certainly going to make the new Forester a great choice for many.