A year ago, Subaru showed us the Forester e-Boxer. At the time, it was a preview of the hybridized crossover with plans to sell it here sometime in 2020. Now, they've told us when it will be launched in the country.
Now sold in Singapore, we will be getting our hands on the Forester e-Boxer sometime in during the third quarter of 2020. Once it's landed here, Subaru will be likely be the first to offer a hybrid powertrain in its class should none of its competitors bring in an electric-assisted version of their compact crossovers ahead of it.
The Forester e-Boxer sources its power from a 2.0-liter boxer engine and an electric motor. The engine puts out 150 PS and 196 Nm of torque while the motor provides an additional 16.7 PS and 66 Nm of torque. Subaru claims it can do up to 15 kilometers per liter in mixed driving conditions. If you want to stretch your mileage, you can even put it in pure electric mode to give you up to 50 kilometers of fuel-free and zero emissions driving. For those who are curious, top speed is rated at 188 km/h.
Differentiating a Forester e-Boxer from the standard model does require a closer look at the car. The body is essentially the same as the ones we see sitting in showroom floors. Cosmetic changes are mainly down to the badges, with e-Boxer badges near the side mirrors and on the tailgate.
It's the same story inside as well. For those who have stepped in the current-generation Forester, it will be a familiar feeling with the cabin looking exactly the same as the gas-only variants. The only clue you have that this is the hybrid are additional display options on the center multi-information screen that shows you the status of the battery, as well as the hybrid system in action.
We've driven the Forester e-Boxer in Singapore last year and first impressions were good. Of course, the real test will be on our rougher, more congested roads. We're curious how much fuel we'll be able so save in the real world, and we can't wait soon enough.