The turbocharged Subaru Forester is back

In Japan, at least
by Leandre Grecia | Oct 22, 2020
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It’s been more than two years since the all-new, turbo-less Subaru Forester first made a public appearance. And while this latest iteration of the Forester saw an array of improvements across the board, it also marked the end of the crossover’s turbocharged era. Well, at least that’s what we thought.

You see, Subaru has just updated the Forester in its home market of Japan, and it appears that a turbocharged engine will be back in the lineup. Specifically, a 1.8-liter horizontally-opposed direct-injection turbo engine that generates 175hp and 300Nm of torque.

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This will be available with the Forester’s Sport variant—other trims get an e-Boxer drivetrain composed of a 2.0-liter engine and an electric motor. This turbopetrol that Subaru has fitted in the new Forester is mated to a Lineartronic CVT that sends power to all four wheels—yet, it’s the same setup featured in the next-generation Levorg. And like the Levorg, the Forester is built on the new Subaru Global Platform and has Subaru Eyesight safety features.

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Design-wise, there aren’t any changes: same face with the sporty bumper, same rear with those crab claw taillights. Inside, the Forester also still boasts a plethora of soft-touch materials all around. Interior elements such as the dash, center console, and side panels have all been smothered in either suede or leather. The seats are stitched with the same choice of materials—how these materials are combined will depend on the trim.

Anyway, moving back to the engine—what do you think of it? Is this something the current-gen model is missing, or do you prefer the naturally aspirated Forester? More important, is this something you’d like to see arrive here in our market? Share your two cents in the comments.

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