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2019 Subaru Forester goes on sale with more power & sharp looks

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Subaru has announced U.S. pricing for the 5th generation Forester, which starts at $24,295. Variant wise prices below –

Trim Transmission MSRP
Base CVT $24,295
Premium CVT $26,695
Sport CVT $28,795
Limited CVT $30,795
Touring CVT $34,295

The new Forester gets an extra wheelbase of 1.2-inch (up from 103.9 in.) which according to the company, will benefit the rear seat legroom – which is now 39.4 inches – a 1.4-inch increase. Headroom, hip and shoulder room has also been improved. All Forester models feature lower body side cladding, to keep away the mud, rocks and other road debris.

The cargo space now measures 76.1 cu. ft. or about 2,155 litres. The maximum width for the rear gate opening is now 51.2 inches wide, a 5.3-inch increase over the previous model and Subaru claims that it is up to 8-inch wider than on some competing SUVs.

The entry level Forester comes with 17-inch steel wheels as standard, while the buyers can opt for 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels for $600.

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The 2019 Forester line up has a new Sport trim which comes with visual upgrades inside-out. It features gloss black accents on the fog light inserts, rear gate and front grille along with black 18-inch wheels and a rear roof spoiler. Orange accents add a youthful touch.

The Sport’s interior follows a dark gray theme with contrast orange stitching and accents throughout the cabin.

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Depending on the trim, features inside include 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, Black or Saddle Brown perforated leather upholstery, 10-way power driver’s seat with 2-position memory, 8-way power front passenger seat, heated rear seats, and in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot.

Options list includes Harman Kardon sound system and All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield de-icer).

Safety
As for the safety, Subaru says that the 2019 Forester is designed around the Subaru Global Platform (SGP), which delivers major improvements in safety, ride, handling and occupant comfort. All Forester trim levels come standard with 7 airbags.

Other safety features include DriverFocus technology that uses facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue, tire pressure monitoring system, disc brakes at all four corners and ABS. Depending on the trim, buyers can opt for Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Powertrain
The 2.5-litre Boxer engine now develops 182 hp (+12) and 176 lb-ft or 239 Nm (+2 lb-ft) of torque, paired to a CVT. All wheel drive is standard and so is “Active Torque Vectoring”. Subaru claims 33 mpg highway fuel economy.

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Also present is Hill Descent Control, Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Auto Vehicle Hold and an Electronic Parking Brake.

The driver can choose between “Intelligent” and “Sport” modes (Sport Sharp on Forester Sport). “Intelligent” mode apparently helps smooth out accelerator inputs for fuel saving, while the “Sport” mode tunes the throttle response for a better performance.

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