Subaru Forester (2019–)

Model History

November 2019

Subaru Forester e-Boxer on sale

New from the ground up, the new Forester comes to the UK with a completely new powertrain, the e-Boxer, which combines an electric motor a horizontally-opposed Boxer engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

Built on the Subaru Global Platform, the Forester offers versatile boot space and 220mm of ground clearance. The upgraded X-Mode dial can now switch between two modes adapting to the most extreme weather and road conditions.

The Forester e-Boxer combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. A lithium-ion battery unit is mounted within the boot floor and allows for pure-electric driving at speeds of up to 25mph. Paired with an updated Lineartronic transmission and Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive, power can be split according to the driving condition and alternates between 3 driving modes: EV driving, Motor Assist driving and Engine driving.

EV Driving: At low speeds, Forester e-Boxer is powered by the electric motor alone for quiet, zero emission driving. It can drive in full electric mode for distances of about a mile and reach speeds of up to 25mph. This is normally experienced in urban conditions with stop-and-go traffic where a 10% improvement in fuel economy can be seen compared to the outgoing 2.0L variant.

Motor Assist Driving: At medium speeds, the motor and the engine work together to improve power and performance. Motor Assist driving improves off-road ability as it generates earlier torque when using X-Mode and also assists when towing. Forester e-Boxer's towing capacity is 1870 kg.

Engine Driving: At higher speeds Forester e-Boxer is driven solely by the petrol engine. According to speed and driving conditions, the engine will recharge the battery in preparation for the next use.

The new technology used in the Forester e-Boxer design is arranged in a symmetrical layout. The electric motor assist and battery pack are aligned longitudinally with the heavy motor placed near the vehicle's centre of gravity. The battery and other components are positioned above the rear axle which plants the car on the road giving noticeable handling improvements and achieving a balanced weight distribution.

The Forester e-BOXER comes with a suite of driver-assist and safety features as standard:

EyeSight driver assist technology functions optically using two stereo cameras which are mounted either side of the rear-view mirror. It monitors for hazards up to 110 metres ahead and includes: Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Lane Sway and Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist and Lead Vehicle Start Alert.

Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection identifies vehicles approaching from the rear. It offers three main functions to improve visibility and to help minimise common causes for accidents: Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Reverse Automatic Braking uses sensors mounted in the rear bumper to detect obstructions when reversing. The driver is alerted to any identified obstructions with audible warnings and an image from the reversing camera on the touchscreen. If there is a high possibility of collision, the system applies the brakes to help avoid or reduce the severity of a collision.

The Forester e-Boxer is also equipped with a Driver Monitoring System to complement its existing safety technologies and to encourage attentive driving. A camera installed on the visor of the multi-function display monitors the driver’s seat area to support safe driving. It uses facial recognition technology to detect if the driver’s gaze has wandered or if the driver is dozing off and alerts occupants if this occurs.

If the driver looks out of the window or across at a passenger for an extended period of time, the system will recognise that the face direction is not forward and a warning will sound to alert the driver to focus on the road ahead. The system will also function if it identifies that the driver is drowsy. Facial recognition technology monitors that the driver’s eyes are open and will alert the driver if they frequently or continuously close their eyes. The system can mute the audio to ensure that full attention is given to the warning sound. Warnings will only occur while driving and the system will not alert the driver when stopped or when the indicator is on.

As a secondary function, the Driver Monitoring System uses personal recognition to adjust vehicle settings. The seat position, door mirror angle, display screen content and air conditioning settings can be set and synced to a recognised driver. The memory can be set for up to five people so removes hassle when there are multiple drivers.

The Forester e-Boxer is built with permanent Symmetrical All Wheel Drive as standard so can manage the majority of off-road situations. However, X-Mode can be used for added assistance if extreme driving conditions are encountered. X-Mode takes control of the engine, transmission, Symmetrical AWD, brakes and other components to help safely navigate slippery surfaces, rough roads and climbing steep hills. When X-Mode is activated, Hill Descent Control will maintain a constant speed when travelling downhill, allowing the driver to control the steering and Hill Descent Control to manage the brakes.

New for the Forester, X-Mode now has two modes: snow/dirt for use on slippery road surfaces such as snow or gravel and deep snow/mud for surfaces where the tyres can become buried, such as deep snow and dry dirt. A dial switch has been adopted to make it easier to switch between the two modes which is particularly helpful when trying to free the tyres if you’re stuck. In X-Mode, Motor Assist activates from standstill to generate earlier torque and acceleration to further improve off-road ability.

A refreshed exterior design enhances Forester’s rugged style with strongly contoured bodywork and prominent wheel arches. New alloy wheels are introduced on both trim levels and the XE Premium increases to an 18-inch alloy wheel. The Forester e-BOXER is well specified with Keyless Entry and Push Button Start System, LED headlights, equipped with high beam assist, and LED front fog lights standard across the range. XE Premium adds a touch of extra luxury with privacy glass on the rear windows.

The updated Forester is 20mm wider and 30mm longer than the outgoing variant and the increased exterior dimensions provide improved passenger comfort as the distance between the front seats has correspondingly increased by 20mm and the longer wheelbase has equally afforded an extra 30mm of space between the front and rear passengers.

Incorporating all of the comfort and convenience you would expect in a family SUV, Forester e-Boxer has an intuitive 8-inch multifunction colour touchscreen that is easy to use and contains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity. The interior features a new electronic parking brake and 8-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats. In addition to heated front seats, XE Premium is equipped with heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

Priced from £33,995 OTR, Forester e-Boxer is available in eight colours and is in dealerships now.

Forester e-Boxer XE has the following equipment in addition to the outgoing variant:

  • Full Model Change
  • Subaru Global Platform
  • Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection
  • Reverse Automatic Braking
  • Side View Monitor
  • Driver Monitoring System
  • X-Mode II
  • LED Headlights & Front Fog Lights
  • High Beam Assist
  • Keyless Entry and Push Button Start System*
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • 8-Way Power Adjustable Front Passenger Seat
  • Driver’s Seat Memory Function*
  • 8” Touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™

*Previously on XE Premium only

XE Premium has the following equipment in addition to the XE:

  • Leather Seats
  • Heated Rear Seats - NEW
  • Heated Steering Wheel – NEW
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Privacy Glass (Rear Doors, Quarters & Window) – NEW
  • 18" Alloy Wheels - NEW
  • Sunroof
  • Power Tailgate

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