Subaru Forester facelift revealed; debut at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show – IAB Report


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JDM model gets improved safety features.

Following brochure leaks of the upcoming Subaru Forester facelift, the company has come out with an official release confirming the same. The upgraded car will make its global debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show which starts on 28 October.

Subaru Forester Facelift front three quarter official
The Subaru Forester facelift gets projector headlamps that features a steering adaptive driving beam.

As part of the upgrade, Subaru will give the Forester a mild cosmetic change and improve its overall safety package. A redesigned front face with fresh bumpers and headlamp design, the company claims, will bolster the SUV’s appearance. On the rear, a redesigned taillight adopts a sideways U-shape. In terms of mechanical upgrades, Subaru has altered the steering-gear ratio for improved steering response and has also optimized the suspension settings. On the inside, the door glass thickness has been increased and the sealings have been strengthened for lower NVH.

On the safety front, the stock safety package includes radar based detection of obstructions at the rear blind spots, adaptive driving beam, and steering responsive headlights. Side and curtain airbags have been made standard across variants.

Subaru Forester Facelift interior cockpit official
Subaru will offer side and curtain SRS airbags as standard across all the six variants of the Subaru Forester facelift in Japan.

Two engines are on offer: a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder DOHC engine and the same engine with direct injection and turbocharging, with five trims on offer for the former and one for the latter. The AWD vehicle gets either a 6-speed MT or a Lineartronic CVT.

Complete details are available in the press release below the gallery.

Subaru Forester facelift (JDM spec) – Image Gallery

Subaru Forester Facelift – Press Release

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