Subaru Ireland has announced the arrival of the all new Forester, just in time for the new “132” number plate. Pricing is extremely competitive, with reductions of as much as 7% from the outgoing model, despite an array of improvements in safety, refinement and dynamics.
Prices start at €34,995 for the new 2.0D X diesel, or the new low CO2 2.0i XE Lineartronic CVT automatic, rising to €38,295 for the range topping 2.0D XC.
New Forester goes on sale across the network this week, and will build upon the model’s reputation as a go-anywhere, user-friendly SUV with improved performance, safety and efficiency and a more spacious and better appointed cabin. More than ever, the new Forester has the ease of use and practicality that appeals to customers looking for this type of vehicle.
Subaru’s unique Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system remains at the heart of the Forester, while a low centre of gravity and improved body rigidity contribute to improved refinement and a typically engaging drive on the road. The engine line-up includes 2.0-litre Boxer diesel and petrol units, with all units showing significantly improved CO2 and economy figures over the outgoing model.
The new Subaru Forester is the fourth-generation of the SUV and is expected to quickly become the Japanese brand’s most popular model. Last year, the Forester accounted for 170,000 sales globally – 27% of Subaru’s total sales – with 15,000 sold in Europe.
Shaped around SUV buyers’ top priorities, the Forester offers a high and commanding driving position; generous interior space and cargo capacity; exterior dimensions that are easily steered through city streets; and ease of entry and exit for adults and children. High ground clearance and All-Wheel Drive enable the all-terrain capabilities for which Forester is rightly renowned.
Subaru engineers have been able to noticeably increase the size of the cabin in the new Forester by expanding the wheelbase and widening the vehicle’s body, while cargo capacity in the new model has also been increased, continuing the Forester tradition for maximum practicality.
The new Forester is 2mm taller than the outgoing model, 15mm wider, and 35mm longer, with a 25mm longer wheelbase – and through clever packaging, there are bigger increases in interior space than external dimensions.
Subaru designers have significantly improved the quality and ambience inside the new Forester, through the use of higher grade materials on the dashboard, the centre console and doors. Particular attention has been given to the controls and areas touched by the driver, such as the steering wheel and gear shift, while optimising the switchgear feel of all other controls.
The new Forester is also an exceptionally safe vehicle and was recently awarded the full five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating. Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) electronic stability control system has been upgraded for superior stability, while a new Trailer Stability Control also improves safety during towing. Greater use of ultra-high tensile steel reinforces the vehicle, making it exceptionally strong yet light.
All safety equipment is fitted as standard to every model in the Forester range, including twin front, side, curtain and knee airbags, upholding Subaru’s commitment to improving crash safety performance.
Every Forester is equipped with two core Subaru technologies: Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, affording surefootedness in all conditions and the latest generation Boxer engines, contributing to the low centre of gravity beneficial to balance, road holding and handling.
Forester buyers will have two 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engines to choose from – a 150ps naturally-aspirated petrol engine and a 147ps turbocharged diesel unit from Subaru’s FB family of engines.
The new Subaru Forester is available with the choice of either a new six-speed manual transmission, or an upgraded version of Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT automatic, available as an option on the 150ps 2.0i XE petrol models.
All Lineartronic models also gain paddle shift and a custom driving mode system, Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive), which allows drivers to choose between different driving modes to match road conditions. In uneven or slippery road conditions, all-terrain capability is enhanced further with the introduction of X-Mode on Lineartronic CVT models, a new All-Wheel-Drive control system which includes Hill Descent Control and provides even better traction, when most needed.
In everyday driving conditions, the new Forester’s agility, driving performance and ride quality are all improved through a combination of Subaru’s latest technologies, and enhanced chassis and body rigidity.
The Forester, as well as being hugely practical, has been engineered to be fun and engaging to drive, and the vehicle’s fully-independent suspension has been upgraded to improve steering response, traction and ride comfort.