Gen 5 Subaru Forester released

Subaru's new 'from the ground up' Gen 5 Forester initially looks an aweful lot like the model it is replacing.

However, it is 'all new'—being built on Subaru's new global platform.

Gone is the turbo charged 2.0 litre engine. Based the information made available by Subaru at the New York Motor Show, all of new models have the 85 percent new 2.5 litre boxer engine. This updated 2.5 litre engine outputs 182 hp. This revised power plan is supposed to provide an average of 33 mpg US or 39.6 mpg Australian; which converts to about 7.2 litres/100 klms.

The G5 Forester is marginally larger in all dimensions except height. This gives more rear seat leg room, and, combined with the wider rear tailgate door, gives more room in the cargo area.

Due to it being based on the new global platform, Subaru are claiming the the new car exhibits reduced noise, vibration, and harshness.

Subaru seem to have dropped the manual transmission option, with the only transmission now being the revised CVT from the Accent. In the two top models the CVT has a 'manual' option where gears can be changed with column shifter paddles.

Subaru say they have given buyers what they wanted: Better fuel economy, a roomier cabin; and more useful technology.

Personally, I am sad they seem to have dropped the turbo model.

For a lot more information you can click over to the Motor1 site (here).

Toyota announces new Gen 5 RAV 4

Getting in first for the New York Motor Show, Toyota have just released details of their 5th generation RAV4.

Now, anyone who know me knows that I am a Subaru man. I have owned a Subaru Forester since the very first Forester was released in Australia around about 1990. I love Subaru's. They have never let me down. We have four Subaru's in our driveway right now—my son's, his fiancée's, and my two Foresters (my daily drive Gen 3 Forester that I take to work which has 271,000 klms on it, and my Gen 4 Forester).

But, I have to say, looking at the new RAV4, I might just be having a very good look at it when it makes it to Australia before I leap into the new Forester.

The Gen 5 RAV4 is lower, slightly longer, and slightly wider, than the model it is replacing. It will also have Toyota’s new 2.5-litre Dynamic Force DOHC low-bed in-line four-cylinder engine with VVT-iE from the Camry. This should give the RAV4 some much needed extra power. When I last test drove a RAV4 I found it somewhat under-powered.

This engine manages 133 kw in the Camry—which is somewhat underpowered for car the size of a Camry. But in the lighter RAV4 it might be a really nice match.

Another possible upside is that this engine runs on 91 RON petrol. If it turns out to provide the required performance, then you don't need to buy the highly over-priced 95 RON petrol—which used to be 4c dearer per litre than 91 RON when it first hit the pumps, but is now 12c dearer per litre.

The Gen 5 RAV4 is also likely to have the eight-speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission from the Camry in place of the current—much unliked (sic)—Gen 4 model's CVT. Unlike many modern automatic transmissions, Toyota's eight-speed Direct-Shift transmission does use a torque converter; however—as I understand it—the converter only operates during the change and then each gear has almost instant direct-drive lock-up (excepting the the first gear). This is likely to provide improved economy and, possibly, some additional improvements in performance.

Like Subaru, and unlike BMW or Mercedes, Toyota are in the Top 10 most reliable cars in the world based on distance travelled so, if I wear to move over to the RAV4, I should still expected to get the awesome reliability I have experienced with my Subarus.

[Images are from the Australian Motoring site (here)]

Another teaser of the Gen 5 2019 Forester

With only days to go now until the New York Motor Show, where they will reveal the new model, Subaru have released another teaser picture of the new 5th generation 2019 Forester.

Once again it is a picture of the rear right of the vehicle featuring the new rear light cluster and showing some of the detail of the back of the car.

Additionally, this picture might also be showing one of the reported three new colours that are tipped to made available with the G5 model—although there is a very similar green currently available.

Early picture of the 2019 Forester

This is supposed to be a leaked picture of the coming 2019 Subaru Forester.

If it is then it is pretty crap. Likely taken using a smartphone; and the glossy pamphlet that it was taken from was not flattened out very well.

Assuming this is the new 2019 Forester, then from the front it does not look too different from the current model even though it has been built on a completely new base platform.

Other bits and pieces leaking through suggest that there will be no diesel variant of the new Forester. However, there could be a hybrid version in the works be developed in partnership with Toyota.

Also, and I find this a little more exciting, it could be that the new Forester might get the brand new 2.4 litre turbo engine developed for the Subaru Ascent. This new slightly larger boxer engine puts out 10 hp more than the 2.0 litre turbo in the current XT Forester.

Only about 1.5 weeks to wait now to find out the facts.

All new 2019 Forester due to be announced 30th March

Subaru have finally released the date that they will announce the all new (from the ground up) 2019 Forester. It will be announced at the New York Motor Show on the 30th March. Just twelve days from now.

In the meantime, Subaru have provided this teaser image of the rear of the 2019 Forester.

This is even less of teaser image than Subaru provided us for the new XV when it came out last year. At least the teaser of the XV was a side shot—rather than basically just a brake light.

Maybe Subaru will release another teaser before the New York Motor Show ... or maybe not.

Now you know why the local Subaru dealers have been offering insane deals on the existing Foresters. At one stage, for about five days, they were giving 7 year warranties with 7 year roadside assistance.

From what I can work out, the new Forester should be on sale in Australia in the early spring.

At one stage, not so long ago, the only choices for a nice driving SUV was the Forester and Toyota's RAV4. But now just about every car brand has two or three entries in the SUV field. And BMW have the brand new X2 coming soon to join their X1, X3, and X5, and Volvo have the very interesting XC40 about to be announced.

Subaru need to provide some real surprises with the 2019 Forester because they have a lot of serious competition now.