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Can install blind spot detection on my new 2018 forester premium xt?

You can probably find universal aftermarket systems for a reasonable price, but it’s doubtful the system would be as robust as a factory designed/installed system.

I would guess attempting to retrofit a factory system to a non-equipped vehicle might be prohibitive, expense-wise.
 

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Subaru is now offering "Subaru Forester Heated Side Mirror Kit W/ Approach Lighting & Blind Spot Detection" P/N J201SSG600

I haven't contacted any Subaru parts people about this yet. Some quick googling produced little info about them. I pretty sure the connectors are there for the heated mirrors and approach lights, but haven't been able to track down the blind spot detection details.
 

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When I looked at the product posted on Amazon, the reply from the Subaru parts vendor was that “they come with what is needed. the only thing the brochure says is mush ave auto dimming interior mirror.”. Let’s assume it’s the rear view mirror. My question to was whether or not it’s plug and play without additional wiring. Hope this helps
 

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Subaru is now offering "Subaru Forester Heated Side Mirror Kit W/ Approach Lighting & Blind Spot Detection" P/N J201SSG600

I haven't contacted any Subaru parts people about this yet. Some quick googling produced little info about them. I pretty sure the connectors are there for the heated mirrors and approach lights, but haven't been able to track down the blind spot detection details.
If that's the same system that's in the 2019 Touring models, it's a nice system. Instead of a little orange icon in the mirror glass it has a sizable rectangular orange light on the inside side of the mirror housing, maybe 1in x 2.5in, that's very easy to see and interpret. The "approach lighting", while I wouldn't say it's a big deal, is a small plus.
 
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