Subaru Forester Hybrid Arriving in 2023 With Toyota Hybrid Power

Since the Forester XT was discontinued in 2019, enthusiasts have been clamouring for a turbocharged version of the Forester. When will Subaru release a turbocharged Forester? It’s possible that we’ll see one soon if a leaked report is to be believed.

New Engine & Power

The Subaru Forester compact SUV has built a devoted fan base. According to Japan’s Mag-X, the new 1.8-litre turbocharged Boxer engine and Toyota hybrid technology will be installed in the next-generation Subaru Forester, which is set to debut for their 2024 model.

The six-generation 2022 Subaru Forester could feature a hybrid powertrain with two electric motors, according to the report. The new Forester would complement Subaru’s goal of offering a full electrified range by 2030.

New Look for next year

The all-new Forester is expected to be revealed in 2023, making sense given its most recent facelift. Subaru has also introduced a new Wilderness trim level to the range, improving it even more off the beaten path than it was before.

But the next-generation 2024 Forester will not be available with a turbocharged variant like the XT model, but it will be a fuel-efficient full hybrid automobile.

Collaboration with Toyota

Subaru has set a goal of selling electric cars only by the first half of the 2030s. They are following Toyota’s lead in making all-electric cars like Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent SUVs.

The relationship between Subaru and Toyota has a long history, such as with the first-generation 86 and BRZ; now it’s extending to electric SUVs that were designed simultaneously (like the Subaru Solterra and the Toyota bZ4x which is coming in 2022).

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The continued use of the popular permanent all-wheel-drive system is almost certain. The new Forester will keep its strong off-road platform, rather than adding on to the RAV4’s. This is excellent since Subaru already uses a very good platform.

The 2024 Forester will be powered by a hybrid engine from Toyota that includes an Atkinson cycle engine and two electric motors. With the Forester driven on electricity, this will also result in be more fuel-efficient driving.


In 2024, the next-generation Subaru Forester, Ascent SUV, and Outback will be introduced as hybrid vehicles with new hybrid technology linked to a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine from Subaru. But the all-electric Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent models will not be available for a few more years.

Would you choose a hybrid Forester over a RAV4 Hybrid? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

8 thoughts on “Subaru Forester Hybrid Arriving in 2023 With Toyota Hybrid Power”

  1. I very much like the Forester excellent vision from the drivers seat and any where inside. Lots of windows and a low belt line.
    I also like the Forester AWD…it works better than my 4wd pickup…hope they continue that design.
    I hope this new Hybrid has the same or better performance than the 300 hp Nav 4
    My 17 XT has torque vectoring, dynamic stability control and many other features that are now just becoming common on other cars.

    I can’t wait to the new XT hybrid

    I hope I will not be disappointed when the specs finally emerge….I don’t really want to buy a Genesis or Audi or Volvo

    • Yes, I shall choose a Forester because
      1) Ground clearance
      2) Better ride
      3) AWD permanent engage and better off road capability
      4) Outside visibility better in Forester

  2. I’m confused as what the gas engine component is for the 2024 Subaru Forester Hybrid ….is it 2.5 the Atkinson from Toyota, the 1.8 turbo Boxer from Subaru or something else all together? What are the horsepower and torque for the gas engine component. Thanks, Jock Forbes

    • Yes, I shall like to buy a Forester Hybrid with the RAV4 engine (Atkinson) and RAV4 transmission e-CVT that have no chains or steel belts.
      Please let me know when will the new hybrid Forester be available in South Africa?

  3. It can’t get here soon enough for us. We were wanting a more powerful engine option in a Forester ever since its debut in 2019, but Subaru never offered one. I even commented that I wished they’d take the higher powered hybrid engine from the Rav4 and stick it in a Forester and call it a Rav-For-ester. A much needed increase in power and performance, along with increased fuel saving in a Forester that has more people space than the Rav4 would be perfect.

  4. Love my Subaru turbo charged Forester, I have owned several RAV4’s in the past. The Forester gives a better ride, higher ground clearance and superior window size. Waiting for a hybrid Forester.


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