The fifth generation Forester commemorates Subaru’s heritage and marks the future of ‘Confidence in Motion’ with e-BOXER.
New from the ground up, Forester comes to the UK with a completely new powertrain, the e-BOXER, which combines an electric motor with two of Subaru's core technologies: the horizontally-opposed Boxer engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Now built on the Subaru Global Platform, a cutting-edge re-design of the body and chassis, Forester offers advanced safety performance and a dynamic driving experience. Plus, new technology ensures that Forester e-BOXER is safer than ever as EyeSight driver assist technology, Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection, Reverse Automatic Braking, and Driver Monitoring System are all standard across the range.
A refreshed and more substantial exterior design ensures the most spacious and capable Forester to date, featuring a high-quality interior, versatile boot space and 220mm of ground clearance. Perfectly suited to any on or off-road adventures, the upgraded X-Mode dial can now switch between two modes adapting to the most extreme weather and road conditions.
Forester e-BOXER combines a 2.0 direct injection horizontally opposed 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, Forester e-BOXER achieves smooth, linear, acceleration and highly responsive torque. Power-split adjusts 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.
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” alloy wheel. Forester e-BOXER is very 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.
Forester e-Boxer 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" multifunction colour touchscreen that is easy to use and contains Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, DAB radio and Bluetooth® connectivity. The interior benefits from 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.