It's not often a car manufacturer rolls out their plans for the next two years, but that's exactly what Subaru did late last year. They said they have six models incoming including the redesigned BRZ and all-new WRX. However, there is one model they didn't mention at the time.
That would be the facelifted Forester, and it might expect it here soon. That said, Subaru hasn't officially released it yet. It's a leak for now but it shows us what we can expect from the updated model.
For the 2022 model year, the Forester adopts the new design language set by the Levorg. For instance, the headlights look similar to the ones found in the wagon, albeit larger. The grille is also wider than before, while the bumper gets a new look as well.
Other changes for the 2022 model year? Higher-spec models seem to get new wheel choices, while the fog light housings are larger than ever. The claddings on the sides are slightly different, while the rear bumper comes with a pair of larger reflectors. The rest of the body appears unchanged from the present model.
Interior changes appear to be limited. We could expect the infotainment system to get an upgrade, along with new seat patterns and additional color choices. The updated model might also come with an upgraded version of Subaru's EyeSight active safety system.
There are a few questions about its engine options. According to reports, the Japan-spec models get the new 1.8-liter turbo as the base engine with the hybrid being an option. However, there is a possibility that export models could still stick with a familiar 2.0-liter, non-turbo engine. We're wishing the new turbo is standard for the Philippine-spec models once it lands in the country. For reference, the 1.8-liter boxer turbo packs 177 PS and 300 Nm of torque. It's a significant improvement from the 2.0-liter non-turbo mill that makes 150 PS and 198 Nm of torque.
Various Japanese motoring outlets say that the full reveal is set for August 2021. By then we'll know more about the updated model. As for its local launch date that is all up to Motor Image Pilipinas, but our sources indicate this may be launched this year.