Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show last week, Subaru took the covers off the fifth generation Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Forester Sports Utility Vehicle.
Forester will debut with a long list of new features, including the Driver Monitoring System (DMS) – Subaru’s first-ever driver recognition technology.
DMS will deliver a safer and more comfortable driving experience than ever before, underlining Subaru’s top-of-class safety credentials.
It will also be the roomiest, most capable and most versatile Forester ever made.
Forester launches on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) – which has already won accolades in Impreza and XV – and enhances comfort and safety even further.
Every Forester will be powered by the newly-enhanced direct-injection 2.5-litre horizontally opposed, normally aspirated, four-cylinder Boxer engine.
With around 90 per cent new components, the engine offers the perfect balance of excellent driving and environmental performance.
Symmetrical AWD and enhanced X-Mode provide outstanding driving, combined with the off-road drivability expected of an SUV.
Reverse Automatic Braking helps to avoid collisions when reversing and reduces damage in collisions.
Forester will also offer its roomiest cabin to date, with innovative packaging enhancing comfort and practicality.
The new model features packaging that allows all occupants to share comfort and enjoyment, balancing easy handling with a spacious interior, and user-friendly features including, the DMS.
Australian Forester specifications will be announced in the second half of 2018, with vehicles expected in showrooms around September.
New Forester is a key part of Subaru Corporation’s global strategy.
In line with Subaru’s “Dynamic x Solid,” design philosophy, the new design combines the hardiness of an SUV with user-friendly comfort and convenience.
The SGP is expected to achieve class-topping collision safety and hazard avoidance, along with handling that responds exactly as the driver intends, plus comfortable drivability.
Other core technologies include the latest generation of the award-winning EyeSight driver- assist system.
MAIN FEATURES OF THE NEW FORESTER (US SPEC)
(Length x width x height)
|4,625 × 1,815 × 1,730*1 mm|
|Minimum ground clearance||220 mm|
|Engine||FA25 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder DOHC 16 valve AVCS direct injection engine|
|Bore x stroke||94 × 90 mm|
|Power||136 Kilowatts / 5,800 rpm|
|Torque||239 Newtonmetres / 4,400 rpm|
|Fuel tank capacity||63 L|
|Drive system||Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive|
|Tyre size||225/60 R17, 225/55 R18|
|Passenger capacity||Five seats|