Subaru has announced changes to the 2017 Forester, including a design freshening and additional features. The changes, while minor, equate to a Forester that looks more in line with the latest Subaru design theme and keeps up with the competition with a few new features.
Outside, the Forester has received a new front fascia that includes the brand’s typical hexagonal grille and new headlights. Both design changes give the Forester a more refined look than the 2016 model. The headlights also now feature Subaru’s signature C-shape motif and blacked-out bezels and LED accents. Subaru has also added a body-colored rear spoiler as standard fare on all Premium models to enhance the look more.
On the inside Subaru hasn’t change much, nor have they even released a photo yet. They claim all Foresters are getting a new steering wheel design that features more infotainment controls, as well as a new Saddle Brown interior color option.
Perhaps the bigger news is the new tech features the Forester is gaining for 2017. Forester is gaining Subaru’s Eye-Sight system, which has cameras that detect highway lane markings. More Forester models also now include blind spot alert and rear cross traffic alert, both important to keep up with the competition.
Additionally Subaru has made some revisions to the Forester 2.5i CVT for 2017 that have resulted in minor fuel economy enhancements. For 2017 it will be EPA rated at 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, a net increase of two for the city rating. The 2.0XT remains unchanged at 23 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
Subaru says the revamped and enhanced 2017 Forester will begin showing up in dealerships this July.