Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Subaru | posted October 06, 2015 19:01
Bolder-looking 2016 Subaru Forester unveiled ahead of Tokyo Motor Show
After what were supposedly leaked images and brochures of the updated Forester, Subaru has officially revealed the 2016 Forester ahead of the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. According to the automaker, the 'upgraded' Forester will advance the SUV's exterior design, driving enjoyment along with better comfort and utility.
For starters, it has a redesigned front fascia which features a sturdier, more SUV-like appearance according to Subaru. Moreover, the automaker also claimed that the headlights, grill and front bumper have a wider appearance that highlights the design language of the brand.
Over to the rear, it gets new combination taillights which mimics the headlights as Subaru opted to make use of a 'U-shaped motif'. Rounding off the exterior revisions are a set of new alloy wheels (17-inches for the 2.0i-L and 18-inches for the 2.0XT) and new body color options; Dark Blue Pearl and Sepia Bronze Metallic.
Inside, it has an updated instrument panel that now feature a combination of décor including a silver frame, piano black trims and metallic inserts. Also present is the new LCD multi-information display, a new SD navigation system and memory function for the driver's powered seat.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness has been improved as well as Subaru fitted the updated Forester with thicker door glass, stronger sealing and improvements in the Lineartronic CVT, resulting in less noise.
For the 2.0i-L, power is still provided by the familiar naturally aspirated 2.0-liter flat-four that pushes out 150 PS and 198 Nm. The engine however benefits from reduced friction and better combustion, making the updated Forester achieve a higher fuel economy as claimed by Subaru.
The 2.0XT still employs the 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four which cranks out 240 PS and 350 Nm. It does however get a new 'auto-step shift control' for a more sporty acceleration, along with close-ratio 8-speed shifting.
The chassis has also been enhanced for better performance. It has a more rigid front cross member, optimized rear link system and shock absorbers, improved damping and a quicker steering ratio (15.5:1 to 14.0:1).