Tony O'Kane | Jan 2, 2010

SUBARU AUSTRALIA has announced a new special-edition model for the 2010 Forester line-up, which offers improved equipment levels and add-ons at an entry-level price.

Priced at $33,990 driveaway, only 1050 Subaru Forester X Columbia's will be available when sales commence on January 4. Released as a collaboration with sportswear company Columbia, the new Forester model features a number of additions designed to appeal to "weekend adventurers".


A set of 16-inch alloys replace the 16-inch steel wheels of the standard Forester X, while foglights, roof rack crossbars, a removable cargo tray and a bumper-protecting rear step panel are added to the Columbia edition.

The Forester's 126kW 2.5-litre flat-four engine remains unchanged as is the five-speed manual or four-speed auto, each driving all four wheels through a permanent all-wheel-drive system.

It also comes with ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, six airbags (front, side and curtain), air conditioning and power windows and mirrors as standard.

Based on the entry-level Forester X, the Columbia's seats are trimmed in cloth and the stereo is the standard issue four-speaker AM/FM CD tuner.

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