The next generation of the crossover is coming in 2025. The current one is out of date. Subaru is becoming a serious player in the US market. Bosses want to keep the momentum and make a stronger presence there. The 2025 Subaru Forester is coming out to fix all the issues and improve sales. The drop from 2022 is an indicator that buyers are not so happy with the current version anymore. Meanwhile, sales of the Outback and Crosstrek are jumping.
Subaru is on the way to become a serious threat to the current leaders. The Japanese company expanded the lineup with the mid-size Ascent and all-electric Solterra. Now, it is time for the changes on the old models. The 2025 Subaru Forester comes with fresh styling, revisited engine room, new packages, and maybe a hybrid drivetrain.
What We Know So Far?
Subaru is a unique company in the automotive market. They are not making modest changes on their vehicles and introduce them as big things. The carmaker takes another approach with every new generation. That is the reason why we love it when Subaru announces something big. This time, it is the 2025 Subaru Forester.
The current version is something between a crossover and a station wagon. The new one will clear the doubts. It takes the position between the subcompact Crosstrek and Outback. The Boxer engine stays under the hood. There are no doubts the 2025 Subaru Forester won’t be a 4×4 crossover. The Wilderness model quickly became the favorite. The all-new Forester will definitely keep it. The ground clearance was always one of the best things about this model.
2025 Subaru Forester Expectations
Not everything is so perfect about the Forester. For example, the noise from the Boxer engine can be annoying. Also, the 4WD system consumes more gas. The current vehicle returns under 30 mpg, which is not a competitive outcome for the compact crossover segment. The focus will be on efficiency improvements. Subaru started a partnership with Toyota, a leader in the hybrid segment. It is easy to put 2 and 2 together and realize some kind of a hybrid system is coming for the 2025 Forester. In the future the crossover will also get its EV version.
Under the hood of the 2025 Subaru Forester will be an old engine as the base offer. It is a 2.5-liter four-banger with flat and low position, a popular Boxer. Thanks to this configuration and a front-wheel drive as a default, all Subaru vehicles are out with unique drive impressions. We doubt the company will drop out this concept. That 2.5-l mill can produce 180 hp, which is more than enough for the compact segment. The main advantages are a more balanced ride and precise handling. The downside – fuel economy. The new generation will be lighter, but the weight savings won’t improve the mileage radically. Combined, the Forester can do 29 mpg (less with the Wilderness package).
2025 Subaru Forester Hybrid
The partnership with Toyota is going to bring more Subaru hybrids. Crosstrek is already available, but even the subcompact model will be revisited to become more efficient. Experts believe that the 2025 Subaru Forester Hybrid is going to use a 2.0-liter engine and combine it with an electric battery. However, the configuration won’t be all-Toyota. They mount the electric motor on the rear axle, while the petrol engine sends power to front wheels. Subaru will continue to distribute power to all four corners and the motor can be placed between the Boxer engine and transmission. This way, the hybrid system won’t generate too much power. Experts estimate the output under 200 hp. On the other hand, the main thing is to achieve good mileage numbers. With 40 mpg, the 2025 Forester hybrid will be more than competitive.
2025 Subaru Forester Redesign
There are still discussions if the Forester is a station wagon or a crossover. High stance and extended ground clearance definitely show crossover traits. But, no one can deny its wagonesque details. The new 2025 Subaru Forester will end the discussion. Station wagons are not dead yet, but these vehicles are way less popular than crossovers. The next-gen Forester will keep similar dimensions and position in the compact class. Spy photos of prototypes are not available yet. We suppose the company is not running tests yet.
2025 Subaru Forester Wilderness
While we are all waiting for further updates about changes and release, there are some other interesting things to discuss. For example, the 2025 Subaru Forester Wilderness model and its capability. With 9 inches of ground clearance and a 4WD, this model became popular among adventurers that seek some serious off-road performance. The 2025 YM might upgrade the suspension and brakes to make the Forester Wilderness competitive against GMC Terrain AT4 and Ford Bronco Sport. The package also brings a unique colors and features.