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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 10-27-2016, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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2018 Forester and global platform

I am ready to upgrade my 14 to a fully loaded 17 but not if I can find good evidence that next year the 2018 forester will be using the global platform.

anyone have any credible leads ? whatever I have read so far clearly was from people blowing smoke out their you know what.



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Nothing etched in stone. I heard only rumors and it would be for 2019, not 2018. Don't hold my by it.

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Agree that 2019 model year, released on 2018, makes more sense.

If they were doing a full redesign next year, they wouldn't have invested in the 2017 upgrades like they did.
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I read Subaru usually have 5 year cycle,so we can expect full redesign forester in late 2018, said that doesn't most seasoned auto enthusiasts says not to buy fully redesigned cars...perfect example I have read many good things carried over to 17MY cars all the way from 14/15/16 cars.I am thinking there is one more refresh in late 2017 before forester get a redesign for late 2018,ending current 4th generation.
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Unless Subaru changes their playbook, expect the new Forester as a 2019 model, released in late summer 2018. Subaru has a 5 year model cycle, with a mid-cycle refresh on the 4th year. That mid-cycle update was 2017 for the Forester.

While I also try to avoid first year models, at the same time, that's why we have warranties :)
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Unless Subaru changes their playbook, expect the new Forester as a 2019 model, released in late summer 2018. Subaru has a 5 year model cycle, with a mid-cycle refresh on the 4th year. That mid-cycle update was 2017 for the Forester.

While I also try to avoid first year models, at the same time, that's why we have warranties :)
Sometimes its more than first year models.. for example they introduced a new engine in 2011 the middle of the SH model.

Being the 2019 model will be a new PLATFORM.. I could see many issues.. however its supposedly the same platform that the impreza is getting this year.
which could work out many of the bugs.

I'd be more wary of a totally new engine than I would a platform switch to one that is already in use on other vehicles.

I am expecting the FB25 to either go away or at least GET DI soon. which is both a plus and a minus.

I would think for fuel economy they would offer either a Hybrid of some type of more efficient small turbo.. like a 1.5L DIT with 150-180hp.
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With many manufacturers dumping the large naturally-aspirated engines and replacing them with small boosted engines, I think days of FB25 may be numbered. So, if you want a Forester with 2.5 liter and/or manual transmission, I'd act now.

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^^This. 2019 is the target year for that, according to Yasuyuki Yoshinaga: FHI President Yoshinaga: Subaru to phase out N/A engines
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2019 or even 2020. Subaru has done 6 year runs.
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Subaru’s 2018 Forester is a lame duck. Maybe buying a ’17, or waiting for the all-new ’19, is the wise move
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Interesting. I'll be replacing our current two Foresters in the next 5 months. A FXT and either a Touring or a vehicle with a 3rd row.
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Interesting. I'll be replacing our current two Foresters in the next 5 months. A FXT and either a Touring or a vehicle with a 3rd row.
I just got a 2017 2.5i touring, a very significant improvement over the same 2015.

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I just got a 2017 2.5i touring, a very significant improvement over the same 2015.
I'm looking at a FXT Touring for me, and maybe a regular Touring or a 3 row "something" for the wife.
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I predict a special trim similar to a cross sport for the final year. At least some special colors, but probably some neat details too out of the extra parts bin.

Also predict no manual for 2019, 2018 may still have it. Maybe a small 1.6 liter turbo FI engine to replace the FB25? That would be the best possible move IMO.

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I predict a special trim similar to a cross sport for the final year. At least some special colors, but probably some neat details too out of the extra parts bin.

Also predict no manual for 2019, 2018 may still have it. Maybe a small 1.6 liter turbo FI engine to replace the FB25? That would be the best possible move IMO.

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Really? A 1.6L w/turbo vs the 2.0 they have now? You don't think that will make the Forester gutless?
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