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Subaru Collaborates with Toyota for 2025 Forester Hybrid

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Subaru has unveiled plans for the 2025 Forester, indicating a collaboration with Toyota for its hybrid variant. According to Jeff Walters, Subaru of America’s spokesperson, the hybrid version is set to feature a “Toyota-sourced battery [and electric components] combined with a boxer engine.” Expected to hit the market approximately a year after the standard model, further details on the hybrid’s specifications will be disclosed in the coming months.

Scheduled for a spring launch next year, the 2025 Forester’s standard model will come equipped with a 2.5-liter engine, producing a modest 180 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque.

The powertrain will include a continuously variable transmission and a standard all-wheel-drive system, ensuring a reliable and steady driving experience.

This collaboration isn’t unfamiliar territory for Subaru and Toyota, having previously joined forces on projects such as the BRZ, GT86, Crosstrek plug-in hybrid, and bZ4X / Solterra. Walters hinted at Subaru’s commitment to electric vehicles, stating that their next three EVs will be “alliance vehicles.” While specifics were not disclosed, the Chief Operating Officer expressed anticipation for an expansive and diverse vehicle portfolio between now and 2028, emphasizing innovation and growth for the company.

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