Engineered for excellence
The Subaru Forester has always been a popular and engaging SUV — the all-new 2019 model promises to be even more so. The changes begin with the new Subaru Global Platform, which is stiffer and more rigid, allowing for even more precise tuning of the suspension system. The SUBARU BOXER engine is also new, more powerful and more efficient — it’s linked to a new version of the Lineartronic® CVT. The Forester also features the legendary Subaru Symmetrical Full-Time AWD system, a revised electric power steering system and, on certain models, a refined version of X-MODE. The result of all these changes is the 2019 Subaru Forester, an honest-to-goodness SUV with even better handling and stability, impressive efficiency and dynamic all-road/all-weather performance.
The legendary SUBARU BOXER engine
The naturally aspirated 2.5L SUBARU BOXER 4-cylinder may seem familiar, but more than 80% of its components are completely new. Lighter than the previous version and now equipped with direct-injection, this engine boasts more horsepower, more torque, improved driveability and better fuel efficiency. A new standard Idle Stop Start system assists with efficiency, along with a new thermal management system that improves engine warm-up during cold starts. All trim levels are now equipped with the SI-DRIVE engine management system with the eco-friendly Intelligent (I) mode and more responsive Sports (S) mode. The Sport trim level comes with Sport SI-Drive which features an Intelligent (I) and Sport Sharp (S#) mode, the latter engineered for even more spirited driving adventures.
Transmission + Symmetrical Full-Time AWD
The all-new Forester comes equipped with a new version of the Subaru Lineartronic® CVT that’s tuned specifically to showcase the strengths of the SUBARU BOXER and the Subaru Symmetrical Full-Time AWD system. The improved design helps to reduce noise and harshness while providing greater operational smoothness. This CVT features a wider set of ratios to boost acceleration, driveability, fuel efficiency and shift feel overall.
Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)
The reengineered Lineartronic® CVT is linked to a multi-plate transfer clutch version of Subaru Symmetrical Full-Time AWD. This set-up delivers predictable handling at all times and under all conditions, shifting engine torque to the wheels with grip under hard acceleration or in low-traction conditions. Available paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel and the optional manual shift mode deliver even more control and crisp response.
There are two versions of the newly reengineered X-MODE system, which allows you to tackle the steepest of inclines with even more confidence. The dial on the standard version controls the operation of the VDC and X-MODE. The available “dual function” version has a dial that lets you select between two different X-MODE settings tailored to specific driving conditions — namely, snow/dirt and deep snow/mud.
Hill Descent Control
With the X-MODE system activated, Hill Descent Control automatically maintains a constant speed when driving down steep declines. With the Hill Descent Control handling all the speed control and braking duties, the driver is free to focus on steering and negotiating curves down the road.
Auto Vehicle Hold (AVH)
Standard on all trim levels, Auto Vehicle Hold automatically holds the vehicle in place at red lights. This feature helps reduce driver fatigue, ensures that every getaway on an incline is free from concerns of rolling backwards and helps reduce the chance of incidents occurring at intersections.
All-new rock-solid chassis
The all-new Forester features a lightweight, super-strong chassis that delivers superior levels of handling, stability, comfort and quietness. The track is now wider, for an even more planted feel. The fully independent suspension system has been revised for increased refinement. The Forester also features a quick steering ratio, impressive ground clearance and rugged capability overall, making this authentic SUV equally at home on twisty tarmac or along a cottage trail.
Subaru Global Platform
Used for the first time on the Subaru Forester, the Subaru Global Platform provides dramatic gains in terms of strength and rigidity, resulting from the increased use of high-tensile steel plates and improved design. Reduced twisting forces on the frame and body translate into a smoother and more comfortable ride. The increased strength of the frame structure and joints helps reduce vibrations and resonance felt in the body, floor, seats and steering wheel. The new construction is significantly better at absorbing the energy coming from a front-end collision, rear-end collision or side impact. All of these changes, combined with the reengineered suspension system and lower centre of gravity, give the all-new Forester more precise steering, greater straight-line stability, more responsive handling and greater safety.
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Subaru Global Platform
The proven MacPherson front strut-type suspension system has been revised to provide greater stability, more direct response and improved feedback to the driver. The addition of a new k-shaped cross member reduces lateral forces and vibration. More commonly found on sports cars, this set-up works with the increased track and 220 mm of ground clearance to give the Forester crisp steering, remarkable handling and genuine go-anywhere capability.
The double-wishbone suspension system has been refined, reducing noise, slashing vibration, increasing stability and boosting control. The rigidity and responsiveness of the rear suspension have also been improved; with the rear stabilizer bar now mounted directly to the body, body roll has been cut by some 50%. Expertly balancing sporty handling with refinement, this authentic SUV handles rough roads and sharp corners with equal poise and precision.