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Subaru Refines and Updates 2017 Forester Crossover SUV

Subaru Refines and Updates 2017 Forester Crossover SUV

By Philly Murtha, April 14, 2016
This week, Subaru announced that its 2017 Forester compact crossover SUV will be updated with refreshed styling, new driver safety technology features, and added comfort and styling upgrades. Also on the list of changes is torque vectoring on the Touring trim level and tweaks in fuel efficiency.

Subaru has added subtle design changes to the front and rear of the Forester for the 2017 model year, including a new hexagonal design grille, new bumper, and redone headlights for all four trim levels. A rear spoiler will be standard on the Premium trim level in addition to the Limited, Touring, and XT Premium trims. Also for 2017, Sepia Bronze Metallic exterior paint will be an exclusive on the Touring. Subaru will also offer two new aluminum 17- and 18-in. wheel designs in high-contrast black and machined finish on different trim levels of the Forester.

To enhance cabin comfort, Subaru has added thicker door glass, an acoustic windshield, and extra floor insulation to reduce wind noise. Interior changes include new Saddle Brown perforated leather upholstery with contrast stitching on the Touring trim. All 2017 Forester trim levels will get updated heated steering wheels with controls for audio, Bluetooth, and cruise control. Other available new features include memory settings for the seats and a power liftgate.

Subaru also is enhancing its advanced safety technologies with color cameras that provide a wider, longer field of vision. The SUV’s lane-keep assist system has been revised, and all Forester Limited and Touring trim levels will now include blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert. Forester Premium SUVs equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist system now include blind-spot and rear-traffic technologies in addition to reverse automatic braking. For added night visibility, Subaru has added steering-responsive headlight technology for illuminating the road around curves (Limited and Touring trims).

Fuel efficiency also has been tweaked on Foresters equipped with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and CVT to average 26 mpg in city driving. Mileage ratings for the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine remain the same. In addition, active torque vectoring, which helps with cornering, comes standard on the Touring trim level with EyeSight safety technology.

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