2020 Subaru Forester To Get Hybrid Engine, Drops Turbo XT

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The new generation of Subaru Forester has just entered the market. From the season 2019, we will see roomier and its driving is improved. But, for the next edition, there are a lot more improvements on the way. First of all, it seems like the compact SUV is not appearing with a diesel engine. Although it was a plan for some of the next editions, the 2020 Subaru Forester might come as the hybrid. Also, the 2020 Forester STI is a possibility for the first update of the all-new small SUV.

We can’t speak of the first redesign yet, but hybrid and STI variants are worthy of mention. The 2020 Subaru Forester is going to carry over drivetrains that will replace the old ones in 2019. All in all, the 2020 year version is not going to change the new generation model. We would rather speak of an upgrade.

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2020 Subaru Forester Hybrid

The 2020 Subaru Forester Hybrid could be one of the upgrades for the next year. With it, the new generation is going to start strong. Besides all the changes it brings, there is something left for further updates. One of the additions is hybrid. This kind of drivetrain will become part of the Forester’s lineup sooner or later. But, the speed of evolution of crossover SUVs will probably get the development faster.

The first hybrid crossover by this company is already on the way. It is 2019 Subaru Crosstrek that should be available very soon. After that, Outback and Forester are next SUVs to get such a system. Also, the PHEV is not impossible to happen, but probably after the hybrid is out.

2020 Subaru Forester hybrid

Diesel Engine Unlikely for the US Market

A diesel drivetrain for Subaru Forester is available for buyers in some markets, like Australia or the United Kingdom. Fans in these countries are still waiting for updates, but the new 2019 Forester will probably carry diesel engine. The Japanese company planned to launch a unit that uses the same fuel in the US, but it seems like bosses changed their minds. Instead of the development in this segment, Subaru turns to hybrid systems and electrification. So, the 2020 Subaru Forester Diesel is unlikely to happen.

2020 Subaru Forester STI and Turbo

Further changes on the 2020 Subaru Forester are not less impressive. Well, the crossover SUV is dropping the turbo engine. Fans of the Forester XT model are not going to like it. The old 2.0-liter engine is in the books for good. But, Subaru prepared for the replacement. It is a 2.5-liter standard Boxer unit, which will be specially tuned for the Sport trim level. This model is going to be a replacement for Forester Turbo.

On the other hand. we still expect updates about the 2020 Subaru Forester STI. Experts are sure the model is going to be available, but the carmaker is still quiet on this. The Subaru Tecnica international (STI) upgrades existing models for races. Well, the Forester STI will be a street-legal SUV with performance tuned for the racing machine.

2020 Subaru Forester redesign

Boxer Engine is the Only Powertrain for 2020 Subaru Forester

The 2020 Subaru Forester will use only the Boxer engine. It is a 2.5-liter unit that is very capable of the road and off-road drive. The same unit Subaru is borrowing for the next-gen Toyota Land Cruiser, according to some speculations.

For the new Forester, the engine is good for 182 horses and 176 lb-ft of torque. The same engine produced power for the previous edition. However, the new system added 12 ponies and 2 pound-feet of torque. Besides the Boxer engine, there are also direct injection and AVCS feature for exhaust. The drivetrain comes with higher compression ratio and a new transmission.

The company dropped a manual gearbox. So, only a Lineartronic CVT case is available across the entire lineup. There are seven gears and paddle shifters on the Sport model. Drivers will have an option to select various ride modes thanks to the Intelligent SI Drive feature. Finally, there is EyeSight assistance technology. This one is not able to pair the manual gearbox, so the logical move was to discontinue the old transmission.

2020 Subaru Forester transmission

2020 Subaru Forester More Changes

Amount of changes on the 2020 Subaru Forester will depend on the customers’ feedbacks. The new generation of any vehicle needs some time to prove itself. Many changes are not always accepted well. Forester is one of the favorite Subaru’s vehicle. Its fans will definitely alarm the company with anything they don’t like. On the other hand, Subaru is listening such demands and some of them could be applied to the 2020 Forester. But, with the 2019 year model, the first of the fifth series, still not in the market, we can’t know what 2020 season is bringing.


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  1. My Forester is a great SUV nd works very well with UK roads. I, also, look forward to buying a Forester hybrid in the UK.


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