2016 Subaru Forester Changes – Subaru will introduce a few new key models, including its first plug-in hybrid set to arrive in 2017. The model, which will be a variant of an existing nameplate, will be sold in California and 12 other U.S. states. And as Subaru previously mentioned, a seven-seat crossover is expected in the next three years as a replacement for the Tribeca.
Using one platform is just one major change coming to the brand starting in 2016. Subaru will also update its engine lineup with direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and other fuel-saving technologies used by top competitors like Ford and General Motors.
2016 Subaru Forester Changes
Don’t expect huge changes from last year’s model. Dimensions, sheet metal, and most specifications will be identical. Introduced as an all-new car for the 2014 model year, The 2016 Forester represents the third year in Subaru’s five year product cycle. Predictably, Subaru waits until the fourth year to give the car a visual “facelift” and to update some mechanicals. Changes during this mid-cycle update often include revised headlights, taillights, fog lights, front bumper cover, speedometer cluster, suspension adjustments, and maybe some engine tweaks.
Subaru and other manufacturers would love to offer an all-new car every year but this overkill would drive up the cost of the vehicles significantly. Annually, Subaru makes very minor updates. These include new upholstery patterns, new exterior colors, audio/connectivity upgrades, and the introduction or deletion of option packages. Subaru makes very modest annual price increases, usually only $200 or $300…which is less than the rate of inflation.
Rumors are flying about a very high performance Forester STi being slotted in above the Forester XT, but we think this is highly unlikely. While an STi version is offered in world markets, we don’t see enough volume in the North American market to justify the cost.
source : planetsubaru.com | motortrend.com