A fifth-gen model will arrive very soon

Subaru has offered the Forester nameplate since 1997, with the latest fourth generation arriving in 2013. Now it’s looking like the Six Stars is gearing up for a new fifth-gen model, as previewed by a single shadowy teaser image ahead of a full reveal at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

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The new Forester will employ a variety of styling cues from the various Viziv concepts we’ve seen over the years.

Subaru’s practical new Forester SUV is headed for a full debut at the New York International Auto Show at the end of the month, and Subaru is previewing the generational changeover with a single shadowy teaser image showing a passenger-side C-shaped taillight.

As an all-new replacement for the outgoing fourth generation, the new Forester will employ a variety of styling cues from the latest Impreza production hatchback, not to mention the various Viziv concepts Subaru has been dropping over the last few years (toned down for production purposes, of course).

It’s also expected to get a bit of a dimensional increase as well, which will help to boost interior space overall. That’ll place the Forester just under the newly released Subaru Ascent SUV in terms of maximum interior room.

Look for the new Forester to get the very latest in Subaru’s Eyesight safety tech, tossing in features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic braking. Buyers will get a variety of equipment to choose from, such as leather trim, an upgraded stereo, automatic headlights, and more.

Under the skin, the new Forester will get the Subaru Global Platform for underpinnings. Otherwise known as SGP, the Forester will share its bones with the likes of the latest Impreza and XV.

Subaru Teases the 2019 Forester Prior to its New York Debut in a Couple Weeks
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Look for the new Forester to get the very latest in Subaru’s Eyesight safety tech.

Subaru’s go-to boxer engine will be used for motivation. We could see a diesel option in overseas markets, but a hybrid is much more likely. Across the pond, performance enthusiasts will also likely get a go-faster tS version, which, unfortunately, won’t arrive in the U.S.

The new Forester will be offered exclusively with a CVT continuously variable automatic transmission. Extra grip courtesy of AWD will be standard, of course.

The Forester will go head-to-head with rivals like the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5, the latter of which will get a new model on sale at the end of this year.

Pricing for the Scooby should slot in at around $23,000, which is a little more than the outgoing model.

Look for full details and more revealing images when the new Forester drops in New York in a few weeks.


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