2022 Subaru Forester gets a meaner-looking front end

Updated Jun 15, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Subaru Japan reveals the facelifted Forester.

Considering that the fifth-generation Subaru Forester was introduced last 2018, it is about time that it gets a facelift. For the 2022 model, the compact crossover will come with a mid-cycle update that includes few changes in some areas of the vehicle such as its exterior, tech, and more.

2022 Subaru Forester front view

2022 Subaru Forester facelift

The headlights have been redesigned in a shape that complements the similar C-shaped daytime running lights (DRLs) from the pre-facelift model. Subaru has also revamped the Forester’s front bumper, grille, and fog lamps, giving it a new distinctive fascia.  

No significant changes can be seen on the Subaru Forester’s side profile and rear end. It still bears a similar taillight design and identical character lines. But at least Subaru added three new body colors that expand the range of options on the crossover, which includes Cascade Green Silica, Autumn Green Metallic, and Brilliant Bronze Metallic.

2022 Subaru Forester interior view

Interior view of the facelifted model

Going to the inside, the facelifted model still hosts drivers and passengers with the same interior layout. However, it gets new seat variations to choose from depending on the chosen trim. The seats can be upholstered in waterproof polyurethane, genuine Nappa leather, and Ultrasuede.

2022 Subaru Forester rear view

A familiar look on the side and rear

In the Japanese market, the new Subaru Forester will be sold with either a 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain (e-BOXER) or a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that was brought back last year. The hybrid powertrain can produce a total power output of 145 hp and 188 Nm torque, while the turbocharged engine churns out 177 hp and 300 Nm of torque.

A Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) and symmetrical all-wheel-drive (AWD) remain standard across all variants. The “New Generation EyeSight” is also a standard feature in the compact crossover that is developed to be safer so drivers can feel more secure while on the road.

2022 Subaru Forester front view

Gets a more aggressive face

Subaru Japan is now accepting preorders for the 2022 Forester crossover. On the other hand, Motor Image Pilipinas seems like it is not currently eyeing the local debut of the new Forester as it is not included in the proposed vehicles it plans to introduce in the upcoming months.

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Subaru Forester

The new Subaru Forester is a compact crossover made to efficiently perform in any terrain. Its muscular exterior is fitted with useful and innovative features needed in driving today. Inside, advanced technology is mixed with pleasing details drivers and passengers will surely adore. Available in the Philippines are the Subaru Forester 2.0i-L CVT, the Subaru Forester 2.0i-L Eyesight CVT, and the Subaru Forester 2.0i-S Eyesight CVT. It is offered in Ice Silver Metallic, Jasper Green Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic, Crystal Pearl White, Crystal Black Silica, Sepia Bronze Metallic, Crimson Red Pearl, and Horizon Blue Pearl.

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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