Introduced in March 2018, the fifth-gen Subaru Forester turns five years old this month. By our reckoning, it has about one and a half years left on the market, with Japanese media claiming that the next-gen Subaru Forester is coming in late 2024. Like the current-gen SUV, the redesigned model would be available as a hybrid option in some regions. Here’s what we expect from the 2024 Subaru Forester.
Design & Interior
The next-gen 2024 Subaru Forester Hybrid should have a bolder exterior. Expect slimmer and more ‘intense’ headlights, an aggressive grille, sharpened bumpers, and fresh wheel designs. Recent Subarus feature a rugged character, and we expect that to be the case with the next-gen Forester as well.
Inside, the next-gen 2024 Subaru Forester Hybrid should have a more contemporary appearance with a sleeker dashboard and fewer physical controls. It may feature a 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster with three screen layouts: Normal, Map, and EyeSight. Another big upgrade in electronics will likely be a new Subaru Starling infotainment system with an 11.6-inch high-definition portrait touchscreen. A minor change in the same aspect should be a couple of USB-C ports for both front and rear occupants.
According to a report Spyder7 published on March 3, 2023, the next-gen 2024 Subaru Forester Hybrid will likely employ the FB20 2.0-liter four-cylinder horizontally opposed direct injection engine with the Toyota Hybrid System (THS). The 2023 Forester Hybrid has the same gas engine (FB20), but the Japanese publication expects Subaru to fit a more fuel-efficient version of the same in the next-gen Forester Hybrid.
The 2023 Forester Hybrid delivers a fuel economy of 14.0 km/l as per Japan’s WLTC method, which is quite low and not a substantial gain from the gas-powered 2023 Forester 13.6 km/l rating. To us, that also explains why the company doesn’t offer the electrified model in the U.S. The current engine develops 107 kW and 188 Nm of torque and its electric motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, produces 10 kW and 65 Nm of torque.
Following the Crosstrek Hybrid, expanding use of the Toyota Hybrid System in other Subaru models.Toyota and Subaru’s new business and capital alliance announcement on September 27, 2019
Subaru has confirmed that it will use Toyota’s hybrid system in the next-gen e-BOXER hybrid system in several models. The company plans to launch its next-gen hybrid models featuring THS in the mid-2020s.
Spyder7 says in its report that the next-gen 2024 Subaru Forester Hybrid may debut after Summer 2024. If this timeline is accurate, we can expect Subaru to lift the veil off its RAV4 rival anytime between September and December 2024.
Subaru Forester in the U.S.
The next-gen Subaru Forester could start reaching American dealerships as a 2025 model next year. We haven’t heard yet, officially or otherwise, if the Hybrid variant will be part of the line-up in the U.S. But as we said in the Specifications section, the availability of a significantly more fuel efficient variant could finally motivate the American subsidiary to change its mind about launching the Forester Hybrid.
Next-gen 2024 Subaru Forester Hybrid FAQs
What is the next-gen 2024 Subaru Forester Hybrid release date?
The next-gen 2024 Subaru Forester Hybrid will likely debut in late 2024 and go on sale in Japan a few weeks later.
Which models will be next-gen 2024 Subaru Forester Hybrid rivals?
The next-gen 2024 Subaru Forester Hybrid will compete with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Honda CR-V Hybrid.
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