New Subaru Forester 2018 – no major changes


The current generation Subaru Forester was updated recently – in the middle of 2016, received minor changes in appearance and trim levels.

So far no information about the global restyling or the emergence of a new generation of a car. Consequently, the most likely that in 2018 Subaru Forester will remain without drastic changes in appearance and in engine range. It will be equipped with the same Boxer 4-cylinder engines of different displacement figures, along with Subaru’s unique symmetrical AWD system.

2018 Subaru Forester release date

Released the new Forester is expected in late 2017. If the car maker will present whole new model, is expected to release until mid-2018.

Release date: late 2017

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2018 Subaru Forester price

2018 model year Forester will keep its affordable price, starting at around $24,000 for the basic trim and up to $35,000 without options. Price increase might be expected only if the car will undergo some radical changes.

2018 Subaru Forester redesign

The new car will get a slightly modified bumper, solid false radiator grille, improved headlamps, the shape of the rear bumper will be adjusted. Marker lamps to be redesigned. In addition, the car is equipped with alloy wheels with a new design pattern.

The interior of the updated Forester 2018 will have new parts, however, the changes will be even smaller than the body of the crossover. Designers will slightly change the steering wheel, improve dashboard and set a new 7-inch touch-screen of the multimedia system. On the assurance of the Subaru representatives, the crossover interior became quieter and more comfortable, thanks to the installation of thicker glass and the use of improved and less noisy Lineatronic CVT.

Head Light Adaptive Headlights with LED daytime running lights are located at the perimeter of each headlamp. Lights are able to highlight the turn and automatically switch to low beam when it detects a transport on a road, moving in the opposite direction. Taillights got expressive U-shaped protrusions with LED patterns that emphasize the overall style of the backlighting.

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2018 Subaru Forester colors

It is unknown what colors receive the next generation of 2018 Forester, but the current generation is available in seven colors:

  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Quartz Blue Pearl
  • Sepia Bronze Metallic
  • Venetian Red Pearl
  • Crystal White Pearl

2018 Forester video


2018 Subaru Forester specs

Restyled versions of the 2018 Subaru Forester crossover have the same unchanged mechanics, if not to take into account the fact of deep modernization of the suspension and steering. The revised suspension has become more robust, energy-intensive and comfortable, the steering sharper and informative.

In the engine compartment of the updated Subaru Forester, everything is familiar with pre-restyling version – petrol Boxer engines only.

2.0-liter naturally aspirated (150 hp 146 ft lbs), 2.5-liter naturally aspirated (171 hp 173 ft lb) and 2.0-liter turbocharged (241 hp 258 ft lb). All the engines are mated to a CVT Lineatronic. All-wheel drive of the brand Subaru Symmetrical AWD with active torque distribution is also available.

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2018 Subaru Forester XT

The XT version of Forester means the more productive turbocharged unit, with the displacement of 2-liter. It is available only in two top-end trim levels called 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring. Because of turbocharging, the fuel consumption rating of such cars is higher.

If there are no 2018 Subaru Forester changes in terms of powertrains, XT version is likely to be kept. Future 2018 Subaru Forester reviews show any changes regarding this very engine.

2018 Subaru Forester STI

The STI modificaton is currently unavailable for the US market. There is no information regarding any changes on this subject in the future. We could see 2018 Subaru Forester concept in STI version for Japanese domestic market.

2018 Subaru Forester Hybrid

The hybrid version of the Forester is highly unlikely to appear not only in 2018, but also in the nearest future, until 2020. The reason is the same as we still won’t see any hybrid SUVs on the mass-market. Batteries make all construction heavier, which leads to serious problems.

2018 Forester spy photos and images
Editor's rating
4.5 overall
  • Safety4.6
  • Performance4.5
  • Design4.4
  • Features4.5
  • Fuel economy4.5

Subaru is a quite conservative manufacturer, moreover, Forester was recently updated. We don't expect major changes for 2018 model year car.

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