The 2024 Subaru Forester STI Sport is the new package for the compact crossover. The badge might indicate that performances are getting a boost, but actually, the vehicle only looks more aggressive. Also, small suspension modifications by the STI team will make the ride smoother. We’ll see if the company is bringing a 1.8-liter engine to the US. For now, it is more likely that a 2.5-liter flat-four stays under the hood.
The new version is going to expand the range. The current model offers 6 different trim levels and numerous upgrades. The 2024 Subaru Forester STI Sport would be a unique package, with special trims and details. Also, we expect the Forester to launch a hybrid engine. It is another novelty we are going to analyze in a separate review when there is enough info about the new system.
2024 Subaru Forester STI Sport Changes and Upgrades
The STI package is not boosting power outputs, at least not for the Japanese model. Instead, designers made it more aggressive. Details we notice on the prototype show STI badges on the front grille and tailgate. The 2024 Subaru Forester STI Sport uses 18-inch wheels. Gloss black finishes are making exhaust tips, doorsteps, rearview mirrors and rear spoiler more stylish. The crossover features a pair of exhaust tips. Inside, leather upholstery makes the vehicle more elegant and comfortable. Red contrasting stitches are the final details on the seats, and for the dashboard, there are black accents. The STI Sport also comes with the upscale EyeSight Safety Plus ADAS bundle.
Specifications (2.5 vs 1.8 Engine)
The US version of the Forester is using a 2.5-l flat-four engine with 182 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. the Japanese model comes with a 1.8-liter turbocharged Boxer engine, capable of producing 177 hp and 220 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque. Anyhow, the 2024 Subaru Forester STI Sport is not upgrading the specs sheet of the base version. But, the question is – will the US crossover use a 2.5 or a 1.8 engine?
For now, fans want to see the vehicle out, with either of those. When it comes to the US, do not expect more power or torque. A 1.8-liter might totally replace a 2.5-l mill in all markets. Well, experts are not so sure about it. If that was a plan, the engine switch would happen with the latest redesign, implemented to the current version. Anyhow, the ride will definitely be smoother thanks to the new suspension system. Engineers added the Hitachi Astemo SFRD shocks for the Japanese model to make it ride like a sedan. The US version will also use a special suspension to enhance the handling and overall driving impression.
The STI Sport is not bringing a new engine. But, the Forester should debut with a hybrid model soon. The E-Boxer technology is already implemented in the European model. However, a mild-hybrid system is not changing outputs radically. Still, a small electric motor helps the crossover achieve better gas mileage results. Forester is already one of the most efficient vehicles in the market with 30 mpg combined. An all-wheel drive is standard, compared to most of its rivals. Such an upgrade harms the fuel economy numbers.
2024 Subaru Forester STI Sport Release Date and Price
The new package is exclusive to Japan as the 2023 YM. However, a lot of fans are asking about the US version. There are no doubt the company will deliver the vehicle as the 2024 Subaru Forester STI Sport. The sales will start let in 2023. The price depends on the engine choice. Still, since the crossover is not boosting power outputs, the price won’t go up too much. On the other hand, premium leather, special suspension, large wheels, and advanced safety bundle are enough to put a $35,000 price tag on the 2024 Forester STI Sport.
Subaru is coming back to the market after a short break needed to catch up with the latest trends. The company is well-known for its Boxer engines and AWD, perfect for performance cars. Still, this segment is dying and crossovers/SUVs are taking over the market. Subaru is now building a few such models and their efforts were recognized by dealerships and buyers.
Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go to become one of the key players in the US. The 2024 Subaru Forester STI Sport is one of the steps, although it doesn’t seem to be too big. With a hybrid engine and a couple of more debuts, Subbie can be popular as it was in the 2000s. The most anticipated concept is Solterra electric SUV, which is going to debut pretty soon.