At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Subaru revealed the all-new 5th generation Forester. Rather than having a complete redesign of the brand's popular SUV, the Forester took on an evolutionary styling and looks nearly unchanged compared to the outgoing model. Under the hood, it was announced that the US-market Forester would be offered with a new 2.5-liter engine which produces 182 PS and 238 Nm of torque.

With the 5th generation Forester having only been revealed recently, there is still no details as to what variants and engine will be offered by Subaru locally. In Japan however, Subaru has already began pre-orders of the all-new Forester. Surprisingly, the new range topper is not a turbocharged XT variant, but instead a hybrid model called Advance.

Hybrid is now top-range Subaru Forester in Japan

Most of the information regarding the hybrid-powered Forester are still in Japanese. What we do know however, is that it will be powered by a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated flat four engine coupled to an electric motor called 'e-BOXER'. Combined, it produces a net power output of 145 PS and 188 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to all four wheels via Subaru's lineartronic CVT transmission.

Along with the electric motor, a new lithium-ion battery has also been fitted into the Forester. The SUV's new X-Mode system will also coordinate with the electric motor to help improve fuel efficiency. According to Subaru, the hybrid Forester has a fuel consumption rating of 18.6 km/L.

Should Motor Image Pilipinas decide to bring in the Forester hybrid, it will likely be priced fairly cheaper compared to its rivals thanks to new TRAIN law. For now we have to wait and see if Subaru will offer the hybrid Forester in the local market.