Subaru recently announced that the next-generation Forester will soon be making its debut at the upcoming New York Motor Show. Specifically, it will be unveiled on March 28 and marketed as a 2019 model. Together with the annoucement, the Japanese automaker has dropped a teaser photo of the upcoming Forester's rear end.
This announcement comes as a surprise given that the Subaru has kept plans for the next-gen Forester under wraps for so long. At the time of writing, only a few spy photograpers were ever able to see it. Then again, the current model has been in production for quite some time now. Introduced in 2012, the current-generation Forester is now six years old, making it ripe for a full model change.
For now, we only have a glimpse of the Forester's newly designed taillights. The new rear lamps now takes on a more squared design, similar to that found on the Levorg, compared to the taller more rectangular units before on the current model. It also sports a more pronounced C-shaped element, which is found on all of Subaru's current lineup.
No other details have been released but expect it to use Subaru's iconic boxer engine together with the brand's symmetrical awd system for the powertrain. Whether the current range of engine options – 2.0-liter naturally aspirated flat four and 2.0-liter tubrocharged flat four – being offered on the Forester will be carried over is still uncertain.
As for the design, the 2019 Forester is likely to take inspiration from the Viziv Future Concept which was shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. That said, it will likely be a toned down version of the concept and also feature some resemblance to current Subaru models such as the Impreza, XV, and Outback.