2019 Subaru Forester Appears To Leak Ahead Of New York Debut

The first purported pictures of the 2019 Subaru Forester have surfaced online.

Apparently taken from a Japanese magazine, the images suggest the model will play it safe and feature an evolutionary design that is instantly recognizable. Styling changes are minor but the crossover has a new front fascia with a larger grille and restyled headlights. Bigger changes occur underneath the grille as the model has rugged plastic body cladding and a silver skid plate.

Moving further back, we can see modestly revised bodywork with swooping character lines beneath the greenhouse and above the side skirts. The rear end also has a familiar design but it features new taillights which are connected by a horizontal chrome strip.

While we cannot confirm the authenticity of these images, the production model will likely be very similar, if not identical, to what’s presented here. That might be a bit disappointing for fans looking for an edgier design but Subaru doesn’t want to mess with a successful formula as Carsalesbase data shows Forester sales in the United States jumped from 76,347 units in 2012 to 177,563 units last year.

Subaru has been tight-lipped about the model but it is slated to ride on the new Subaru Global Platform that underpins the Impreza. This change promises to increase safety, improve driving dynamics and reduce noise, vibration and harshness levels.

The 2019 Subaru Forester will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show on March 28th and will undoubtedly have a four-cylinder boxer engine as well as a symmetrical all-wheel drive system.

H/T to Allcarnews

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Hmmm, no looker is it?
    NB: Is that the SWB version in the 2nd pic? 😛

  • TrevP

    Still looks funny to me.

  • Vanishing Boy

    Basically a short-wheelbase Ascent if you think about it…

    But, I hope the tS/STI/Stb model should be available. The XT isn’t cutting it anymore, it still plays too safe…

    • Dave

      The XT is gone in Japan as well as all variations with 6MT. This may mean the end of the XT in the US as well.

  • pjl35

    yawnnnnnnnn. why bother with slight tweaks to the front end, it could easily be the current gen

  • Soob

    Not a big fan…
    Much prefer the current one.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I prefer the current one too, but I could still see a lot of Subaru buyers going for this.

    • forreal

      I bought a 2018 and was worried that the new one might be super sexy… lol do I feel relieved now!

      • So-Cal Brick Werks Howard

        Me too. When I saw that tail light pic last week it concerned me, but after seeing this Im not worried at all.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Well that’s a boring disappointment

    • CBV2020

      Agreed. They could have considered our critique period and threw a jolt in there somewhere…smh. Guess I’ll just move on.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks like a facelift of the current gen

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  • hyn sum

    It’s more of a fashion show to me, very hard to like it, if you know it’s deliberately downplayed to be upgraded 2 years from now to keep the ‘fashion” show going. Nonetheless, the new turbo (if) should be interesting, and possible electrification of the powertrain should be the highlight of the “show”. Good luck Subie.

  • no25

    Dated looking already. Great job, Subaru. You have gained a new image: bland and boring.

    EDIT: Is this actually a leaked image? Look at the teaser of the rear: no chrome bar and the license plate slot is more of a smile than the angry frown in the “leaked image.” Also the taillight is too big compared to the teaser, and “FORESTER” should be written under the light – which it is not. This could just be a render…

    • GoofyGotKilos

      Looks like a render to me too, that rounded square grill shape doesn’t really match any of the other redesigned Subarus.

  • krusshall

    I’m sure they’ll be dropping the manual transmission option which is disappointing. But yes this is not much different than the current one.

  • Bernie Henao

    Subaru playing it safe with their new design, that’s news?

  • Sebastien

    I have a 2015 XT which I really like. It might not be the most beautiful design, but no so ugly as most people pretend. But I was expecting more radical changes than what I see now.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Do you know Subaru?

  • SteersUright

    And there it is, a new Subaru that’s ugly as ever…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    That’s just the old gen Forester in a magazine, actually


  • Althea Later

    More generic cow dung… thanks Subaru… you don’t dissapoint

  • MarkoS

    I think this is just a render of the test mule photos. Its not matching up to the teaser.

  • MultiKdizzle

    Looks like a 2009 car.

  • Marty

    Yes, it looks ten years old even before it is released, so it’s probably a legit image.

  • Lidia Spyrka

    I for one did not want it messed with. It’s the only one out there compared to the genetic cross overs with poor visibility. I own a 2015 xt, absolutely love with i sight- cannot live without! It’s what brought me to Subaru!! I could not stand the new Ford Escape ! No room in the footwell. The pics depict a cooler look re lights and cladding. Hope the infotainment is easier to live with, my only complaint.

  • Jack

    My close friend finances Subaru’s. Going thru the loan approval process he’s always amazed at the amount of fairly wealthy professionals with high credit ratings that buys these Subaru’s.
    We kept our 2009 Forester as it didn’t have much trade value with 150,000 miles. I still enjoy tooling around in it like a go cart on steroids. It’s been a good car and makes a great beater in old age.

  • Stone Gossardish

    I hope for tweeter speakers to be placed in the front door, unless that’s too much to ask.

  • Mark Thomas

    Here’s what the concept looked like, three years ago. What happened? This is a step backward. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/76fe0ba683635dcd3f4b05043064d9d3b125d579f7fe681f3de426ec38c11e39.jpg They’ll lose ground to the new Volvo XC40 in my humble opinion.

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  • So-Cal Brick Werks Howard

    oh you mean the one model subaru sells that doesnt come in a wagon…

  • So-Cal Brick Werks Howard

    WRX owners with kids buy them for their wives. Parents choice Foresters over Outbacks due to the larger seating space vs. the larger trunk space. Trust me the turbo is very necessary. Check the sales they dont lie.

  • Shtekeris

    Meh, current gen of all cars seem the best, as all the next ones seem like current ones only with rounded edges. XV had edges and straight lines and newer one got puffier. And it seems the same with Forester. Just like current one, only rounder?

    Current gen looks more muscle and powerful.

  • Mark Thomas

    I’m looking at the XC40 instead of this.

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