2022 Subaru Forester facelift revealed

The Subaru Forester facelift was unveiled overnight in Japan, and boasts a "bolder" look and improved safety.

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There’s more than a few interesting headlight designs in Subaru’s history, and now you can add the facelifted Forester to that list.

A spokesperson for Subaru’s Australian distributor said details about local availability and timing will be announced in the next few weeks.

Launched overnight in Japan, the 2022 Subaru Forester has a revised front fascia with a taller grille, redesigned headlight units and round fog lights.

Subaru says the face is part of its “bolder” design philosophy.

There are also new alloy wheel designs for a “more powerful SUV-like” look.

Japanese market Sport variants have orangey-red trim along the bottom of the vehicle.

We’ve only been able to find one photo of the revised Forester’s rear, and there doesn’t seem to be any significant changes out back.

Subaru says it has improved the suspension setup for more “suppleness and sportiness”.

Inside, the cabin seems to be largely carried over unchanged.

The EyeSight safety system has been improved with new stereoscopic cameras that have a wider field of vision, allowing the car to see more of the world ahead of it.

In Japan, the updated Forester is available with just two drivetrain options.

In its homeland most models have a hybrid setup with a 2.0-litre boxer engine making 107kW and 188Nm, and a small electric motor rated at 10kW and 65Nm.

As standard all hybrid models now come with e-Active Shift Control, allowing the car to automatically increase engine speed when going downhill and during cornering.

Japanese-market Sport models are fitted with a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder boxer that makes 130kW and 300Nm.

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