Tuesday, March 8, 2016

2017 Forester Updates

As with most Subaru lineups, the Forester is due for a "refresh" for the 2017 Model Year.  Originally released in early 2013 as a 2014 model, the 4th Generation Subaru Forester has been a huge success for Subaru.  The exterior will get a facelift for the front that will round out the last two years of this generation for Subaru before it moves to the Global Platform that the Impreza and Crosstrek will start using soon.

At this time, Subaru has not officially released details of the 2017 refresh for the Forester.  From the available photos, videos, and existing Subaru models that have also been upgraded, we have a good idea of what is to come.  The most obvious changes fall in line with other facelift trends from the Impreza and Crosstrek.  The new Forester's bumper cover has been redesigned around the fog light housings, there's a redesigned front grille, and more aggressive headlights are rounding out the front-end changes.  Headlights look to be Steering-responsive units, but this may be limited to models with EyeSight Technology.  XT Models (turbocharged) look to retain the same bumper cover from the 2014-2016 models.  The tail lights have also been upgraded to a LED-type that is similar to the Legacy, Outback, and Hybrid Crosstrek.  Interior changes are minor with redesigned door grips, center console trim, and piano black dash trim.  More of these changes will be featured on the Limited and Touring trim levels while the Base and Premium trim will have more basic changes.

Last fall, Subaru's 2017 Subaru Forester prototype was put to the test by consumers who signed up for a test-ride event through a off-road course set up by Subaru in Japan to experience the new driveline changes that accompany the aesthetic changes metioned previously on the new model.  Engineers wanted to see how the 2017 Forester suspension adjustments were felt by regular customers, so there are noticable driving changes that are on the way as well.  These changes will likely be highlighted later with the official announcement coming in late spring / early summer of 2016.

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