Soon the waiting is over and 5th generation Forester is available at local dealerships across the Europe. New car is expected to be available before the end of year 2019. Previous generation was available first both diesel and 2.0 liter petrol at Europe. Diesel was phased out at some point. This time story is bit differen. Europeans gets only the hybrid version of new Forester. Russians and north Americans have non-hybrid version. Russians have both 2.0 and 2.5 versions available, while the Americans have only 2.5 liter version available. Then Asian markets have 2.0 liter version only and no hybrid. Except Japanese friends have them all!
Here is the short comparison table of the key e-boxer specs and technical differences known so far between the hybrid and non-hybrid Forester. Fuel consumption is little better on the hybrid Forester than on others.
|4th gen 2.0 (non turbo)||e-Boxer||2.0||2.5|
|Tank capacity||60 liters||48 liters||63 liters||63 liters|
|Acceleration 0-100kmh (0-60mph)||11.8 seconds||11.8 seconds||10,3 seconds||9,5 seconds|
|Fuel consumption liters per 100km||8,8 liters (wltp comb.)||8,1 liters (wltp comb.)||–||7 / 9 liters (hwy/city)|
|Fuel consumption US MPG||26,7 mpg||29 mpg||–||33/26 (hwy/city)|
|Fuel consumption UK MPG||32,2 mpg||34.9 mpg||–||39.6/31.2|
|Max torgue||198nm@4000rpm||194nm@4000rpm + 65nm (electric)||196nm@4000rpm||239nm@3900rpm|
|Max power||150hp@6200rpm||150hp@5600rpm + 17hp (electric)||150hp@6000rpm||185hp@5800rpm|
Interestingly e-Boxer with 2.0 liter gasoline is slower in acceleration than regular 2.0 Forester. Specs says that 0-100km/h takes 11.8 seconds. It is not bad but certainly not fast. I believe this is due heavier weight. Battery increases weight roughly 100kg. Battery pack sits on the rear axle, Subaru claims e-Boxer to have better weight distribution. Also there has been some speculation that the petrol engine would be Atkinson cycle based, which is quite common with hybrids. Though the e-boxer offers torque more than previous non-hybrid version. That should provide pleasant driving feeling when going through stop and go type of traffic, overtaking and in merging highways.