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2015 Forester announcement date

As I recall the 2014 Forester was announced in November 2012, and became available for purchase in February 2013. It has been almost a year since the last announcement.

I have searched but I can find nothing about when to expect some information on the 2015 model. Any changes would probably be minor, maybe even non-existent, but I'd like to know before taking the plunge on buying the current 2014 model.

Anybody heard anything other than speculation?

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This is the only thread I could find about your queston:

Wait Till 2016 For New Foz?


Not sure, but I think I read somewhere that not many changes, if any, will be made in the 2015 Forester. Saying that you might want to wait like the post above says see what the 2016's have in store.
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I'm not looking for major changes. I just want the USA to get what is already available in Canada on the 2014 model. Canadians can get the base model and add an optional package which includes 10-way power seat, and alloy wheels.

It might be nice to have paddle shifters on the CVT too.

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New redesigns are usually released early in the year, like the 2014 Forester being released in the beginning of 2013.

Since 2015 MY Forester will not be a redesign, you can expect it to be released closer to the Fall of 2014.

Also, like Tony pointed out... do not expect many changes. Would be lucky to see some changes in packaging of options.

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It might be nice to have paddle shifters on the CVT too.


It seems again, that the US Forester versions have a poorer equipment than the European ones, especially concerning the versions with CVT transmission.

For German Foresters with CVT transmission the paddle shifters are a standard equipment.

Look here on the website of Subaru Germany:
Hand- und Automatikgetriebe des Allrad SUV Subaru Forester (manual and automatic transmission of the allwheel SUV Subaru Forester)
paddle shifters = Schaltwippen in German

You also can see on this website, that the X-Mode is a standard equipment of the German CVT Forester, as I posted already in another thread.

You also can find both paddle shifter and X-Mode on the websites of the British Forester versions:

2.0i XE - New Forester - Vehicles - Subaru Uk

2.0i XE Premium - New Forester - Vehicles - Subaru Uk

2.0i XT - New Forester - Vehicles - Subaru Uk

Sorry, from European point of view this poorer equipment of the US Forester versions is a little bit peculiar - or is that even the main reason of the cheaper prices of the US Foresters?

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Sorry, from European point of view this poorer equipment of the US Forester versions is a little bit peculiar - or is that even the main reason of the cheaper prices of the US Foresters?
That is definitely one of the reasons our prices are lower.

Many people in the US are looking to buy the cheapest vehicle they can. Subaru needs to keep their low end models down in price to be competitive with other manufacturers.

Many people in the US would never even know what the paddle shifters are for. They are lazy and just want the car to do everything without them thinking about it.

No matter what an automaker does, they are never going to please everyone. Most people in the US do not care about having paddle shifters, and about 1/2 the US lives in areas where x-mode is not needed. To keep costs low, the manufacturer cannot offer a dozens of different packages in an attempt to cater to everyone, so they have to pick and choose which option packages are going to sell best in certain markets. They do research to determine what to offer where, and apparently in the US they decided if they want to appeal to a larger audience, they needed to prioritize options and pricing.

Those are just my thoughts. I am not an economist (I did take several economics classes in college) nor am I an automotive mogul, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

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New redesigns are usually released early in the year, like the 2014 Forester being released in the beginning of 2013.
Substantiate this assertion with more examples, if you please.

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Substantiate this assertion with more examples, if you please.
The 2012 Subaru Forester went on sale in October 2011.

The 2013 Subaru Forester orders were accepted beginning in June 2012.

The redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester went on sale in March 2013.


This same topic was up for discussion between the 2009 and 2010 Foresters, which can be seen here:
2009 vs 2010 - Release Date?

According to cars101.com, the 2009 arrived at dealers in 3/2008 while the 2010 arrived at dealers in 6/2009

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Sorry, from European point of view this poorer equipment of the US Forester versions is a little bit peculiar - or is that even the main reason of the cheaper prices of the US Foresters?
The weak dollar bears some of the blame, having struggled against the yen for most of the past decade. Japan-sourced models often are spec'd down to maintain a competitive price point.

Vehicles here generally are less expensive due to nominal taxation (the 9% I paid in California is considered high by U.S. standards) and the size of the U.S. market, the world's 2nd-largest and most competitive. Pricing benefits from volume.
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This same topic was up for discussion between the 2009 and 2010 Foresters, which can be seen here:
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Thanks, your response is convincing. I now understand why there are no reliable rumors about what changes to expect for the 2015 model.

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As I recall the 2014 Forester was announced in November 2012, and became available for purchase in February 2013. It has been almost a year since the last announcement.

I have searched but I can find nothing about when to expect some information on the 2015 model. Any changes would probably be minor, maybe even non-existent, but I'd like to know before taking the plunge on buying the current 2014 model.

Anybody heard anything other than speculation?
Thanks for the post. I am in the same situation, and will undoubtedly wait for the 2015 Forester.
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I expect to wait for the 2015 as well. I'm hoping for the following:

1. Making the passenger seat height adjustable.
2. Decoupling navigation from the H/K audio system (I want the latter but not the former).
3. The oil consumption issue is resolved.
4. Paddle shifters on all CVTs.
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Just saw this. Says first 2015 Foresters should be delivered April 2014. For the '15 Outback, August 2014.

Subaru Announces 2014-MY Vehicle Build Out and 2015-MY Start Up Dates - Top News - Vehicle Research - Top News - Automotive Fleet

Don't know how reliable this source is, though.
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Just saw this. Says first 2015 Foresters should be delivered April 2014. For the '15 Outback, August 2014.

Subaru Announces 2014-MY Vehicle Build Out and 2015-MY Start Up Dates - Top News - Vehicle Research - Top News - Automotive Fleet

Don't know how reliable this source is, though.
Looks like the order acceptance date for the 2015 Forester is sooner than the other models. I'm wondering if that could possibly mean Subaru is addressing some of complaints on the 2014 model, seats, navigation, etc.

Thanks for the post.

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Just saw this. Says first 2015 Foresters should be delivered April 2014.
I thank you for this "scoop." I may now get new tires for my 2004 and hope its second timing belt holds out until the announcement of 2015 changes.

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