2025 Subaru Forester breaks cover, hybrid version to follow in 2026

Jet Sanchez
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Subaru of America recently unveiled the all-new 2025 Forester at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show, marking the sixth generation of this beloved SUV. The next-gen Forester is set to arrive in US Subaru dealerships in mid-2024. 

New look, same beast

2025 Subaru Forester New Zealand

The compact SUV's new design combines a sleek, contemporary aesthetic with Subaru's iconic rugged looks. A bold grille, compact LED headlights, and an updated Subaru star cluster emblem adorn the front, while bold shoulder lines and prominent wheel arches highlight its off-road prowess​​. Structural enhancements include a 10 per cent increase in torsional rigidity, improved dynamic performance, and a quieter cabin.

2025 Subaru Forester interior New Zealand

Inside, the Forester boasts a significant multimedia system with an integrated centre information display, contoured dash elements, and a dark headliner to hide scuffs. Subaru says the interior design prioritises visibility and durability​ with ample room, supportive seats, and advanced climate control. The new Forester also brings a hands-free power rear gate, standard symmetrical all-wheel-drive (AWD), and Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance suite.

Hybrid version on the way

2025 Subaru Forester New Zealand

In terms of performance, all models still feature a 2.5-litre boxer engine with about 134kW, 241Nm of torque, and a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The steering system is borrowed from the WRX, offering responsive handling.

But disappointed fans could find comfort looking ahead to 2026 when Subaru says it will launch the hybrid version of the all-new Forester. 

The 2026 Subaru Forester Hybrid, set to launch as part of Subaru's sustainability commitment, is expected to feature a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. 

Insiders anticipate the Forester Hybrid to adopt a hybrid system similar to the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. This system will likely allow for efficient city driving using electric power and robust highway performance with the petrol engine. Features such as regenerative braking will further enhance its eco-friendliness. 

There are rumours that Subaru might source the hybrid system from Toyota, but that remains to be seen. In any case, the next few years will see the all-new Subaru Forester go up against the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V - both of which already have hybrid versions available.


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