Forester is Subaru’s best-selling model across the world. For that reason, the Japanese automaker wants to keep improving it from time to time with the latest innovative technologies that no other compact SUV could match. It’s evidenced by the launch of the all-new 2019 Forester at the New York Auto Show which brings heavy improvements.
As Subaru continues to strengthen its identity as the global safety leader in automobiles, it adds to the fifth generation Forester a more sophisticated feature that can prevent accidents, making it even superior than the likes of Kia Soul in terms of safety.
It’s called DriverFocus, a monitoring system that will recognize up to five different drivers by their faces and remember their respective preferences for seat and mirror positions, as well as climate control and infotainment. DriverFocus will keep an eye on the driver’s face along his journey to warn him when it detects signs of distraction, lose focus, or fatigue.
The 2019 Forester is lucky to be the first Subaru to feature the DriverFocus. This will make certain the compact SUV’s advantage over its competitors which doesn’t have such a technology. Furthermore, there’s also the EyeSight Driver-Assist Technology which has become a standard in all Forester’s variants.
The EyeSight Driver-Assist system will do its best to prevent collision by commanding deceleration and automatic braking if it detects an object in front of the car such as a vehicle, pedestrian, or even wall. It also optimizes cruise control and warns the driver if he sways outside his lane.
It’s no secret that a distracted focus when driving is one of the main factors of many accidents that happen every day. It can be caused by a side activity of the driver such as texting, phoning, or chatting with passengers. This is where the new Subaru Forester comes with a safe driving solution. The DriverFocus and the EyeSight Driver-Assist are expected to make a perfect combination.
The 2019 Subaru Forester has grown bigger than before. The interior is more spacious with an extra 1.4 inches room for rear passengers’ legs. The wheelbase has also been increased by 1.2 inches, thus becomes 105.1 inches.
With a new stiffer chassis, the Forester is vibrateless and quieter than ever. In addition, it also results in better ride and handling thanks to the new Subaru Global Platform architecture.
The drivetrain is an updated 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine producing 182 HP and 176 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive.
The 2019 Subaru Forester will arrive in U.S. dealers in October 2018.