Subaru takes the wraps off 2017 Forester, gets refreshed design and tech upgrade image

The North American unit of the Japanese automaker has recently revealed the 2017 Forester, which remains instantly recognizable but features a host of upgrades.

The refresh brings a new front end design for the SUV – new bumper, revised grille and new headlights. There are also modified LED taillights and a body-color rear spoiler when selecting a more upscale trim. The exterior changes are wrapped via the fresh set of wheels and the introduction of the new Sepia Bronze Metallic paint that will only be offered when buying the Forester Touring. Now the headlights can receive a new High Beam Assist system that can link to the EyeSight system to automatically go for the high or low beams by following driving conditions. Inside the cabin the modifications were fairly subtle and the engineers and designers went for a new multi-function steering wheel and added in more sound deadening material for an increase in the ride comfort.

More standard equipment is readily available for the Forester alongside new optional extras such as a heated steering wheel, a Keyless Access system, and Saddle Brown perforated leather seats with contrast stitching. Safety wise, Subaru upgraded the EyeSight system that now uses color cameras, includes Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Reverse Automatic Braking on some versions. The powertrains remain unchanged but the 2.5i CVT variant has been revised to increase the fuel-economy rating to 26 miles per gallon city / 32 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined and the Forester 2.0XT Touring has been treated to a new Active Torque Vectoring system.