TOKYO -- A midcycle update of Subaru's Forester includes fresh styling touches and new safety technology.
The changes to the compact crossover -- to be unveiled this month at the Tokyo Motor Show -- foreshadow features that could migrate to the U.S., but Subaru officials declined to say what specifications may carry over and when.
The Forester gets a reworked front fascia for a wider, more planted stance, as well as tweaked rear combination lights. The 18-inch aluminum wheels get a bolder design, while the 17-inchers get a sleeker pattern to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency.
Inside, designers added silver trim, piano black detailing and metallic finish on the parking brake and elsewhere to lend a more upscale look and feel.
The Forester also gets the latest iteration of Subaru's EyeSight precrash braking system, as well as other new safety features. They include a new adaptive driving beam that automatically adjusts high-beam headlights for oncoming vehicles and vehicles in front of the Forester.
Night lighting gets a further improvement with steering-responsive headlights that turn with the vehicle into curves. The safety package also includes new rear vehicle-detection sensors.
Through September, the Forester's U.S. sales are up 9.9 percent from a year earlier to 129,568, making it Subaru's top-selling crossover.