New SUV To Keep an Eye on, Subaru Forester 2017
The world can’t seem to get enough of SUVs. It is the most popular segment and is growing exponentially, so to keep up, Subaru has given its Forester a mid-life refresh, making the model safer and more dynamic for the 2017 model year.
The Performance has remained as a standard with few upgrades on the firmware. Active Torque Vectoring on the 2.0-litre turbo and pretend you’re driving an Impreza WRX or STI. The engines remain the same; you still get a 170bhp naturally aspirated 2.5-litre four-pot, however, other markets have the option of a blown 2.0-litre, which makes 250bhp, but better than the increase in power is the fact that this trim gets Active Torque Vectoring, which helps reduce understeering . Lucky are those who will drive it. The all-wheel drive Forester also gets a quicker ratio steering, and the CVT has been tweaked to offer smoother performance.
It gets a front grill job, the design tweaks take a while to spot as they’re not that huge but a closer look reveals a new grille and headlights with C-shaped LEDs, the taillights also feature a C-shape with LEDs, and a body colour matching rear spoiler is now standard. The new Subaru forester also comes with the old 17 inch rim design with an option for the new 18 inch alloy rims which is more aerodynamic.
The new tech includes an update to Subaru’s Eyesight safety system, which now uses two colour cameras in the windshield that can detect obstacles and bring the vehicle to a stop if need be via the emergency braking. It also packs Lane Keep Assist and has Steering Responsive Headlights. Another cool new feature is the Reverse Automatic Braking; this can, as the name suggests, bring the 2017 Forester to a halt while you are reversing and fail to spot something back there or, more important someone. But, is technology like this making us lazy drivers? Whatever happened to looking over your shoulders and using your mirrors? Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are standard on all 2017 Forester Limited and Touring models.
Anyway, moving on the revised model will offer a far quieter interior than before, thanks to thicker door glass, new seals, under-floor insulation and an acoustic glass windshield. A heated steering wheel will be offered for the first time ever on a Subaru. More benefits from an updated control panel, an LCD multi-information display and also rear seat heating systems, while the natural leather covering utilized on the control panel itself, the center tray and also doorway grasps provides a top notch sporty look. A Kardon sound system and SD navigating system can likewise be appointed as manufacturer-installed choices. For enhanced driving stability and trip convenience, the steering response has actually been made much more linear as well as the suspension settings were maximized to offer a smoother ride feel.