On November 16, the latest generation of Subaru Forester was launched at the Los Angeles 2023 exhibition (USA). The name line caused considerable controversy in the Subaru user community when the car’s design was leaked even before its launch (in early November). The reason for the controversy comes from the fact that the car has taken inspiration from another extremely popular SUV line, the Ford Explorer.
In the latest generation, the Subaru Forester ditches the old personality-rich design like the BMW X1 with pronounced curves and a low nose. Instead, the car opted for a more masculine and modern boxy style.
Although significantly slimmer, the 2025 Subaru Forester is still compared to the Ford Explorer due to its similar front end design – left photo: Subaru, right photo: Car and Driver
The controversial issue on the 2025 Subaru Forester comes from the head and side design of the car. The side of the car is slightly reminiscent of the Toyota RAV4 – the best-selling mid-size SUV in the world, with a small hump on the D-pillar and new square wheel arches.
Meanwhile, the front of the car closely resembles the Ford Explorer, with the presence of a new larger radiator combined with a pair of wing-shaped headlights next to it. This is the Ford Explorer’s unmistakable interface, most evident on the 5th generation version sold between 2010 and 2019.
In the cabin area, at least, it’s all about the personality of the Japanese brand. The interior outlook has been improved over the older version with a large vertical screen (ranging in size from 7 inches to 11.6 inches depending on configuration) located in the center of the dashboard, next to the vertical air vents. Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is supported by default on all trims.
In front of the driver, a pair of traditional watches are placed instead, giving way to a 100% digital dashboard. However, the air conditioning knob in the center control cluster has gone missing.
The car only retains the physical temperature and volume control systems on the screen border. The volume of the luggage compartment of the new model is now the largest in the car’s history (838.2 litres), which increases to 2,106.8 liters when the rear seats are folded down.
Retaining the technical framework of the old generation, the Subaru Forester 2025 has received no less success than before in the transmission segment. The 2.5L boxer engine is still combined with the familiar 2-wheel drive, but for some reason the power has been reduced by 2 units (total 180 horsepower).
Conversely, torque increased from 239Nm to 241Nm by the same unit. A hybrid version is expected to be added to the Subaru Forester by late 2024 or 2025.
The 2025 Subaru Forester chassis has been made 10% stronger than the old one. The electronic power steering system borrowed from the WRX sports sedan promises to make the user’s behind-the-wheel experience more immersive.
Some of the new equipment seen on the 2025 Subaru Forester include a panoramic sunroof, an electric tailgate, and the EyeSight driver assistance system, which now has a wider field of view and the ability to instantly detect pedestrians. More precisely.
Temporarily, there is no selling price for the Subaru Forester 2025. But the starting price of the car is expected to be no lower than the older version’s 28,390 USD (689.5 million VND).
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