Japan's 2021 Subaru Forester facelift wears a new look, comes with better EyeSight ADAS

Sanjay · Jun 14, 2021 03:16 PM

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Subaru has just took the covers off the new 2021 Subaru Forester facelift over in Japan.

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Typical of mid-life refreshes, this fifth-generation (SK) Forester gains a new look and various feature updates.

Exterior - Closer to Levorg

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Emplyoing Subaru's new 'BOLDER' design philosophy, there's echoes of the all-new Subaru Levorg especially in the front fascia.

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There's a new front bumper, as well as redesigned full-LED headlights with integrated, LED turn signals too.

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Elsewhere, the Forester receives fresh new 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as a sharper rear-end that comes courtesy of angular tail lights and a different lower bumper garnish.

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Dimensions stay pretty much the same as the pre-facelift, but it's a sliver longer. Here's how it measures:

2021 Subaru Forester dimensions
Dimension/Model Forester FL Forester Pre-FL
Length (mm) 4,640 (+15) 4,625
Width (mm) 1,185 1,185
Height (mm) 1,730 1,730
Wheelbase (mm) 2,670 2,670

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Rounding off the changes are three new colours (Cascade Green Silica, Autumn Green Metallic, Brilliant Bronze Metallic), bringing the total colour count to 10.

Interior - Relatively unchanged

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The cabin is pretty much still a carbon copy of the pre-facelift, maintaining the general look and feel.

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Depending on variant, buyers will get fabric or synthetic leather seats (with heating function), 8-way power-adjustable front seats, and sports pedals.

Powertrain - e-active shift control is now standard

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The Forester's choice of two powertrains remains unchanged:

2021 Subaru Forester facelift powertrain
Variant Powertrain
Touring, X-Break, Advance

2.0-litre, e-Boxer mild-hybrid

Engine output: 145 PS @ 6,000 rpm

Engine torque: 188 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

Electric motor output: 13.6 PS

Electric motor torque: 65 Nm

CVT

Symmetrical AWD

Sport

1.8-litre, turbocharged Boxer

177 PS @ 5,200 - 5,600 rpm

300 Nm @ 1,600 - 3,600 rpm

CVT

Symmetrical AWD

Meanwhile, standard on all variants - well, except the Sport - is Subaru's e-Active Shift Control system.

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Think of it as an adaptive gearbox: by detecting the car's acceleration and G forces, it'll set the engine's revs for better acceleration or improved engine braking.

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Meanwhile, Subaru says they've upgraded the suspension across the range, further improving "suppleness and sportiness at a high level."

Safety - Updated EyeSight

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Rounding up the updates is the improved EyeSight ADAS system, which offers a greatly expanded field of view thanks to its new set of stereo cameras.

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Its corresponding software has been updated too, smoothening the Forester's adaptive cruise control.

Prices and launch date

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The facelifted 2021 Subaru Forester will go on sale in Japan beginning August.

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A Malaysian introduction isn't likely to take place anytime soon.

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For now, we have the pre-facelift, fully-imported (CBU Thailand) Forester, and prices are as below:

Subaru Forester price in Malaysia
Variant Price
Forester 2.0i-L RM 149,788
Forester 2.0i-L GT Lite Edition RM 163,788
Forester 2.0i-S RM 169,788
Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight RM 169,788
Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight GT Edition RM 187,788
Prices are without insurance and road tax

Also read: Review: 2020 Subaru Forester 2.0i-S ES – All go no show

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Up to 20% higher than average trade-in price

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