New SUV is a distinctive alternative to mainstream opposition, with off-road credibility that few soft-roaders can match
When Subaru launched the original Forester in 1997, it was a quirky crossover pioneer. More than two decades later, the North American market has come to the Japanese brand, and the fifth-generation Forester plunges head-first into the hard-fought and fast-growing ‘compact’ SUV segment.The new car becomes the latest model to move to the Subaru Global Platform that broke cover with the 2017 Impreza. Subaru says that the stiffer architecture brings advantages in terms of steering precision, ride comfort, occupant safety and boot space.The classic recipe of boxer engine and permanent four-wheel drive is retained. Also returning, in updated form, is Subaru’s Eyesight driver assistance system, while an infrared distraction mitigation technology called Driver Focus is brand-new.The new Forester will replace the current model in the UK around the end of this year. The US and Canada get a new direct-injection 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine mated to an upgraded CVT gearbox, but while the latter is expected to feature in UK cars, it’s not yet known what engine will be offered.
Source: – autocar
Subaru Forester 2019 review