I wouldn't bet on any major changes in the '15 Forester. Maybe some minor improvements, but I wouldn't expect anything major. They have a winner on their hands, why mess it up.
So between tomorrow night and March of '15 no one can get a Forester except the ones sitting, if there are any, on dealerships lots? They lose 3 months of sales? Don't make sense.
The pipeline of 2014 Foresters to sell will continue to flow to the dealers, the limitation will be that SOA will not accept new orders, just as they have done at model year end each year before. Buyers will pick from what is available or already dealer ordered, instead of ordering and waiting several months for a specific content vehicle. No more sales lost than any other model year changeover. Buyers will pick from stock or committed deliveries, and congratulate themselves on a quicker acquisition. Fussy buyers will wait, as they always do.
Radio changes from year to year are common, Consumer Reports published their complaint about the 2014 premium model radios connectivity limitations. 2015 model year may address this.
Model year changeover is a time SOA can respond to consumer requests for content changes for the upcoming model year. Other markets can already get AWP cloth seat XT's. The existing Forester tan exterior color is available with XT's elsewhere (and looks good), why not the US market? Providing existing content would not substantially increase manufacturing costs, (inventory costs, maybe) it's already made for other markets. Subaru of Canada does not seem to have an issue with AWP cloth seat XT's. It's not that much warmer in the northern US. $400 to $500 for the AWP is a bargain many XT-P buyers would rather pay to Subaru than the aftermarket.
Almost every new model year brings a color change. How about a nice copper or gold color for the new year? Or use up the WRBlue paint that is being discontinued with 2015 WRX's, limited to XT's only. Honor the heritage.