Subaru Forester, reliability put to the test

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It offers a unique combination of the four-wheel drive system with a 4-cylinder e-Boxer petrol engine with a displacement of 2 liters and 150 hp

The new Subaru Forester offers a unique combination of all-wheel drive with a 150PS 2-litre e-Boxer 4-cylinder direct injection petrol engine and four-cylinder horizontally mounted engine, along with an electric and Lineartronic automatic gearbox. This combination provides smoother acceleration and higher torque delivery.

The e-Boxer system adapts the power distribution between the 2-litre petrol direct injection engine and the electric auxiliary engine to the driving conditions and switches between 3 driving modes: petrol engine, electric drive or combustion engine support. From a standstill or at low speeds, the electric motor only powers the vehicle for a quiet, zero-emission ride. All-wheel drive symmetrical S-AWD provides confidence and capability in all types of scenarios, while active torque improves handling and cornering performance.

Depending on the condition of the battery, the Forester can drive fully electric for distances of up to approximately 1.6 km and speeds of up to 40 km/h. At medium speeds, the combined power of both engines provides instant, linear and economical acceleration, while at high speeds the petrol engine propels the vehicle while the battery is being charged. The standard driver-selectable SI-Drive mode is the powertrain performance management system that allows the driver to adjust the vehicle’s throttle characteristics by choosing between the Smart and Sport modes. New to the Forester is the e-Active Shift Control system that engages automatically when the vehicle is in Sport mode for more agile driving, especially on winding roads.

To make the assembly work smoothly and coordinated, a specific clutch turns the electric motor on and off. The electric drive is powered by a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 0.6 kWh and can power the vehicle fully electrically as long as the requested power does not exceed 16.7 hp from the engine. Thanks to the petrol-electric hybrid technology, the average consumption of the new Forester is 8.1 litres/100km; enabling it to meet the stringent Euro 6d anti-pollution standard, in addition to the ECO vehicle classification and the accompanying DGT badge.

With 220 millimeters of ground clearance, the Forester is ideal for off-road escapades. The X-Mode system with two programs, Snow/Dirt (snow/gravel) and Deep Snow/Mud (deep snow and mud), now offers enhanced functions and no longer switches off when reaching 40 km/h, but stays in standby mode to switch on again when the speed falls below 35 km/h. Hill Descent Control, which automatically maintains a constant speed when descending on very slippery surfaces with your foot off the pedals, has been improved to release the brake when the accelerator pedal is pressed and brake immediately after the accelerator pedal is released, allowing the driver to concentrating fully on steering on very steep slopes with little grip.

The Subaru Forester is equipped with the latest technologies that fall under the fourth generation of the Eye Sight device. This system has a much wider field of view, as it has been practically doubled, and includes 11 safety functions, 3 of which are new: automatic emergency steering, adaptive cruise control with lane centering and lane departure prevention, improving recognition of the line separation off the road.

The Eye Sight system features stereoscopic cameras on both sides of the rearview mirror, now with a wider viewing angle and new image recognition software that allows it to respond to environmental elements such as road signs, vehicles and its brake lights, pedestrians and cyclists only after the driver has been warned in advance , intervene on the engine, steering, transmission and braking system in the event that the driver does not swerve, does not correct the trajectory, does not apply sufficient braking force to the pedal or simply does not brake.

The pre-collision braking system, for its part, now offers more support to avoid collisions at intersections. In addition, Subaru’s facial recognition technology has been enhanced, which alerts the driver to potential fatigue or distraction on the road and automatically adjusts the driver’s settings for seating position, door mirror angle and air conditioning preferences. lower the cabin temperature by hand gestures.

The new Forester has a high-quality interior, with an 8-inch diameter navigation screen, the information system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a spacious cabin and an enlarged luggage compartment where the compact battery minimizes the impact in the cabin, allowing a load capacity of 509 litres. The luggage volume even increases to 1,779 liters when the seats are folded, with a load area up to 1.98 meters long. The Forester offers a towing capacity of 1,870 kilos. The model’s exterior design features a more assertive and adventurous styling with cosmetic changes to the grille, front and rear panels, headlamps and fog lamp covers.

Source: La Verdad

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