2020 Subaru Forester is an all new mild hybrid
Looks are deceiving: the 2020 Subaru Forester looks like its predecessor but is actually all new. From the inside that is. Updating the exterior look of the car has not been a priority for Subaru. It’s a thing Japanese car brands do not always understand: the American audience likes nice looking cars and expect regular refreshed of the look. Despite the not so up to date look of we rate the Subaru highly on its features.
2020 Subaru Forester : Driving in all comfort
What we especially like is the seamless integration of the electrical drive with the gas engine. Well done Subaru! Add the Symmetrical AWD and the car has an amazingly good grip on the roads. The AWD does not only make the car safer, it provides a comfortable ride. We love the progress on this front, but the real revolution can be found in the Subaru’s new driver safety features.
A brand new engine
The engine is a new 2L boxer, an 80% rebuild of the engine, that has nothing in common with the 2 liter engine in the Subaru Levorg. Most differences from the Levorg are the engines direct injection, atkinsonburncycle and a 16HP strong electrical drive. The 13 kWH Lithium Ion battery allows you to drive about 1 mile. One Mile. A few stretches more if you test its limits by driving economically. However Subaru is not playing the green card with this engine, and Subaru is marketing the car as a mild Hybrid. This Hybrid only brings a 10% fuel saving. The MPG figures have yet to be officially confirmed but both drive trains seem to back that figure.
Not much room for future improvements
The Japanese manufacturer also stated that there is not much more room for more improvement. The batteries already bring in almost 200 pounds of additional weight, adding some more batteries will not increase the performance much. When running at lower revs the engine is helped by the electric power train, but we doubt the 0 to 60 speeds will be below 10 seconds. We would have loved to see a more powerful engine.
A little larger
The Foresters dimensions changed a bit: almost an inch wider and longer. But that does not make a visual difference. It still looks the same. It did result in some more legspace in the back seat and the slightly wider body makes the car have a more roomy feel. The trunk is a little larger but the 4L it wins does not really make a difference. But the trunk has been widened and lowered a little: which is a real thumbs up.
Behind the wheel of the 2020 Subaru Forester
Subarus form the inside used to be a timecapsule to the 90’s. The new 2020 Subaru Forester now feels much more modern. It look fresh and like other design of this millennium, it is finished and detailed with modern materials. Subary also surprised us with a technological innovation, a Driver Monitoring System.
A camera on your face for safety
The Subaru Forester is pointing an infrared camera at the Drivers face. Why? It detects if your are falling asleep and will warn you if you are giving too much attention to your passengers or phone instead of focussing on the road. The camera also comes with facial recognition. When entering the car the camera will scan your face and load your driver preferences in the system. It will set your seat, mirrors and climate settings.
The facial recognition camera is not included in the base price of 24995$. But we still have to see the full pricing of the new Subaru Forester. The base car comes with 7 default safety features like lane assistance, blind spot warnings, braking assistance and adaptive cruise control do come by default with the base version. We expect the new Forester to hit the dealerships by the end of 2019. Our score (4 / 5)
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