The revamp of the Subaru product portfolio continues with a redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester. Bowing in New York this week, the new Forester is larger than today’s model, but is losing its turbocharged engine option.
As has been the case recently, Subaru has played it safe with this redesign. The 2019 Forester is very much an evolutionary design from today’s, with some bits thrown in from the Ascent and other newer Subaru designs. There’s a larger grille, larger headlights and more interesting taillights atop the same wagon-like shape that has becoming iconic, best-selling Forester.
The new design is leveraging a larger canvas this time. Subaru has grown the Forester by about 1 inch, all in the wheelbase. This is enabling more rear leg, head and hip room in the rear seat.
Buyers will also appreciate the added technology Subaru is stacking into the 2019 Forester. The company’s latest DriverFocus active safety features can be had on the Forester, while EyeSight is standard like most other Subaru models.
A change that is perhaps not an improvement is a new lack of engine choices with the Forester. For 2019 Subaru is giving buyers only the naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter boxer engine. They have managed to squeeze a little more power out of it, with ratings coming in at 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Subaru also says it expects a 33 mpg highway rating.
This means the company is dropping the turbo engine option for 2019. According to Subaru it does not plan to add one of its turbocharged engines to the Forester lineup. Instead, Forester buyers will have to make due with a new Sport trim level.
Let’s be honest though, most Forester buyers are probably opting for the 2.5-liter engine anyway. Most Subaru buyers will probably appreciate the bigger footprint and added technology, all packed into that familiar Forester look.