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2019 Forester is every bit as good as Subaru



2019 Forester is every bit as good as Subaru

The 2019 Subaru Forester’s exterior gets subtle changes while its architecture is completely new. The Forester has ousted the model’s 6-speed manual and turbo from the latest version while taking a conservative approach with its all-new restyling and adding a mild hybrid specification. The new 2019 model at the Izu Cycle Sports Center south of Tokyo last week is better than its predecessor in just about every way.


The Forester is a hugely popular model in the U.S., having sold over 177,500 units last year and 281,000 globally. In Subaru’s lineup, only the Outback outsells the Forester in the U.S. with some 188,800 sales.


So to maintain its popularity, the brand had to keep this chunky crossover successful and relevant, especially as the current model had started to age. The Japanese carmaker promises the new model will have better handling, ride quality, comfort and of course mileage. And making all that possible is the employment of the brand’s new Subaru Global Platform.


After the Impreza and Crosstrek, the Forester is the third model to incorporate this architecture, a chassis that has already proved it possesses the highest crash rating in the country. The same size as before but with a 1.2 inch longer wheelbase, designers have actually managed to improve rear seat leg and headroom. The 5th generation Forester turns in superbly and stays flatter in the corners. But the Forester is not  pretty.


The outgoing model wasn’t and the new model isn’t either. The Forester, however, will always be practical, a triumph of function over form.


When you look at the old and the new models side by side, you almost have a double take. But looking closer, you can see that the grille and lights are more prominent, sit cleaner on the car’s nose section and are better balanced. Foresters come standard with EyeSight, an advanced safety system that includes automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning and adaptive cruise control.


But this time, the Subaru gets the company’s first-ever Driver- Focus technology, a feature that uses facial recognition software to warn drivers showing signs of fatigue or distraction behind the wheel. It also allows drivers to pre-programme their driving positions, and the car will use its dashboardmounted facial recognition camera to scan a driver’s face and automatically adjust seats, mirrors, and airconditioning preferences to that driver.


This is a first for a car under $40,000. Inside the Forester employs higher quality materials and plastics than the outgoing model. There are a more luxurious ambiance, more supportive seats and the DriverFocus feature is a feature that will eventually appear on all models.

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