The 2022 Subaru Forester range has grown in the UK with the launch of the automaker’s new e-BOXER powertrain.
Announced for the broader European market in January, the Forester e-BOXER that’s touched down in Great Britain combines a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine with 147 hp coupled to an electric motor producing 16.5 hp and a new Lineartronic transmission. It also sports a 13.5 kWh battery pack.
This powertrain offers three distinct driving modes; Engine driving, EV driving, and Motor Assist driving. At low speeds, it is the electric motor alone that powers the vehicle while at medium speeds the electric motor is joined by the four-cylinder engine. At higher speeds, the four-cylinder alone powers the Forester e-BOXER and recharges the battery.
Subaru has also equipped the 2022 Forester with its fourth generation EyeSight Driver Assist Technology that has a wider field of view and sports no less than 11 safety functions that now include Automatic Emergency Steering, Adaptive Cruise control with Lane Centering, and Lane Departure Prevention.
The Forester’s Driver Monitoring System has also been updated for the 2022 model year and sports a gesture control function that allows the driver to raise and lower the temperature of the climate control system through hand gestures.
Elsewhere, the Forester e-BOXER offers 220 mm (8.6-inches) of ground clearance and has Subaru’s X-MODE system with Snow/Dirt and Deep snow / Mud driving modes. There is also a Hill Descent Control function.
The Subaru Forester e-BOXER should also be quite well-suited to roadtrips, offering up to 509 liters (17.9 cubic-feet) of cargo space with the rear seats up and 1,779 liters (62.8 cubic-feet) with the rear seats down. It also offers a towing capacity of 1,870 kg (4,122 lbs).
Subaru has yet to confirm when sales of the Forester e-BOXER will commence in the UK nor how much it will cost.
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