Typical of mid-life refreshes, this fifth-generation (SK) Forester gains a new look and various feature updates.
Exterior - Closer to Levorg
Emplyoing Subaru's new 'BOLDER' design philosophy, there's echoes of the all-new Subaru Levorg especially in the front fascia.
There's a new front bumper, as well as redesigned full-LED headlights with integrated, LED turn signals too.
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.
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|
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
The cabin is pretty much still a carbon copy of the pre-facelift, maintaining the general look and feel.
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
The Forester's choice of two powertrains remains unchanged:
|2021 Subaru Forester facelift 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
1.8-litre, turbocharged Boxer
177 PS @ 5,200 - 5,600 rpm
300 Nm @ 1,600 - 3,600 rpm
Meanwhile, standard on all variants - well, except the Sport - is Subaru's e-Active Shift Control system.
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.
Meanwhile, Subaru says they've upgraded the suspension across the range, further improving "suppleness and sportiness at a high level."
Safety - Updated EyeSight
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.
Its corresponding software has been updated too, smoothening the Forester's adaptive cruise control.
Prices and launch date
The facelifted 2021 Subaru Forester will go on sale in Japan beginning August.
A Malaysian introduction isn't likely to take place anytime soon.
For now, we have the pre-facelift, fully-imported (CBU Thailand) Forester, and prices are as below:
|Subaru Forester price in Malaysia|
|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|