The 2020 Subaru Forester could get a hybrid engine as a replacement for the Turbo XT. This engine was dropped and the SUV is now using only one drivetrain – a 2.5-liter flat-four unit. Yes, this is the famous Boxer powertrain, but nowadays, SUVs are versatile, and buyers are always looking for an extra option. The previous edition had a manual transmission as well, which is also in the books now. The new SUV will turn to greener sources of power.
Besides the hybrid drivetrain, the new 2020 Subaru Forester will get more self-driving features. These are parts of the fifth generation changes. The SUV went through a big redesign and it was launched as a new model for 2019 season. Now, only a year later, the company will add more option to its rig. Cosmetic changes will be minor, with small updates in the cabin.
2020 Subaru Forester Engines, Turbo, Specs
As said, the 2020 Subaru Forester will use a 2.5-liter flat-four engine. It is capable to deliver 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. In the previous generation, this engine could produce 170 hp. Subaru improved specs and saved some weight thanks to new materials in an engine block. Also, the new direct injection system is one of the factors for this power boost.
The engine is paired with a CVT transmission. Compared to its predecessor, the new SUV is not offering a manual gearbox. On the other hand, there are drive modes available for selection – Intelligent and Sport. With the first one, you will get a smoother gear change, while the other one makes everything crispier. The transmission box distributes power to all four corners. Fans already mumbled about the front-wheel drive. Well, next season will bring first updates and one of them could be different gearbox or drive mode.
No More XT Model
As all fans noticed, the company removed a turbo engine from the offer. It seems like the new generation of the Forester is not going to offer this kind of drivetrain. Well, it performed well, owners of the XT model were very happy with its specs and drive. So, why did Subaru have to do this? Slow sales. Only 5 percent of overall Forester sales were XT models with a turbo engine. It might have its army of fans, but if it doesn’t sell, then the company has no interest to keep it.
Read more about End of a Turbo Engine HERE
2020 Subaru Forester Hybrid
Instead, the Japanese carmaker is after a different source of power. This time, Subaru will go greener. A hybrid engine for the new 2020 Forester is a great choice. First of all, this is a growing market. More and more buyers are purchasing SUVs with this kind of powertrain. Well, hybrids and PHEVs are the future of the car industry. Emission requirements and pollution policies are stricter. Finally, the 2020 Subaru Forester must keep up with the competition.
Well, this system requires a lot of investments. It seems like that Japanese company is ready to do that. They have already teamed up with Toyota. On the other hand, except the intention, we don’t know anything official. In a few occasions, we could hear from Subaru’s people that Hybrid is the next move for Forester, but no official statement was ever made. Also, we can’t reach any reliable source to confirm if the development of the 2020 Subaru Forester Hybrid started.
Read more about Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid HERE
We don’t expect too much from the autonomous drive right from the beginning. The 2020 Subaru Forester will get a self-driving system, but probably no more than Level 2. What does it mean? Automatic emergency braking and steering are standard for this level. The vehicle can keep the lane, but the driver must be ready to jump in and react in some situations. This level is still not offering systems for heavy traffic drive.
2020 Subaru Forester Trim Levels and Options
The 2020 Subaru Forester will keep the same packages as its predecessor. There are five trims. A 6-way adjustable driver seat is standard. All other versions will come with a 10-way power-adjusting feature. The cloth is covering seats for the entry-level and Premium model. Upper versions are using leather. A 6.5-inch display and 4-speaker audio system are highlights of the infotainment for an entry-level SUV.
Besides Premium, there are also Sport, Limited, and Touring models. Sport is a kind of replacement for XT Turbo. Well, paddle shifters and sportier interior can’t give the same drive impression. Still, a sportier ride is there. Top of the line trims will come with leather upholstery and dual-zone automatic climate controls. Larger touchscreen display and more speakers are added for Limited, and the 2020 Subaru Forester Touring will offer the navigation and Harman Kardon premium audio system as well.
The new 2020 Subaru Forester keeps the pricing list. We are still waiting for updates about the hybrid model. Some estimations are that one could cost around $30,000. That is the price of the mid-range Sport trim. The base Forester costs $25,000 and small upgrades are coming with the Premium model. Above Sport are Limited ($32,000) and Touring ($35,000 without optional features).
Why Buy 2020 Subaru Forester?
Definitely, the main advantage of the new 2020 Subaru Forester will be its utility. Everyone is praising the functionality of the new generation. Although the company dropped the Turbo version, the ride is still comfortable and offer a dose of fun. Boxer engine with low-gravity position improves safety, which is already on a high level. Still, fans are disappointed by dropping engine and transmission options, so Subaru must act quickly to keep its consumers happy again.