2019 Subaru Forester Spied Testing on Public Roads

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

This is our first look at the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester.

Riding on the Japanese automaker’s new Subaru Global Platform, the 2019 Subaru Forester appears to be taking design cues from the new three-row Ascent crossover. The current Subaru Impreza rides on the new architecture, which has improved overall performance for the sports sedan. It’s expected the Forester crossover will benefit similarly, helping it stay competitive in what’s become a crowded segment.

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According to Subaru, the new platform increases rigidity throughout the body and chassis, helping reduce noise and vibration while increasing the comfort level of the vehicle thanks to better absorption of the suspension. More importantly however, the platform can be adapted to use electrified powertrains. It’s possible that in order for Subaru to comply with U.S. zero emission vehicle (ZEV) regulations, the Forester could be offered with a plug-in hybrid variant once it’s launched. Expect to see downsized turbocharged engines under the hood once the new Forester debuts sometime next year.

Our spy photographers said the 2019 Subaru Forester prototype was being benchmarked alongside a Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Tiguan. There was also a Honda Pilot there as a support vehicle, which actually tried to run interference to shield the Forester from the photographers.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Sylvester Sylvester on Aug 17, 2017

    Another impreza bus? Need more off road and not huge ego street car...... This is SUV, stupids

  • Mama Mary Mama Mary on Aug 17, 2017

    The love my 2014 Forester for the great visibility out the side windows and the small, easy to parallel park size. If that is gone my next car might as well be another brand with more luxury features than what Subaru offers. That would be a disappointment : (