Subaru STI Photo: Supplied
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New Subaru Forester Prices and Specifications

Alex Rae | Sep, 07 2018 | 0 Comments

Subaru says its new Forester won’t see the reintroduction of hotted-up tS and STi badges.

Speaking with Drive at the launch of its latest fifth-generation SUV this week, Subaru Australia managing director Colin Christie said that the new-look lineup simply doesn’t meet the criteria for anything hotter.

“We’re very specific about how STI gets branded so it has to have performance improvements and a whole list of things before we’d even consider putting the STI moniker on it,” he said.

“So no, unless there was a turbo version of the Forester in the future there wouldn’t be an STI version of that car. [The] Ts is a slightly different version of that still with special tuning.”

Those badges adorned previous generations of the medium SUV but that was when the tuning arm had access to turbocharged models.

Now, the Forester no longer offers a diesel let alone turbocharged petrol and is available with only a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, CVT transmission and all-wheel-drive. Subaru says the cull was an effort to simplify the range and attract new buyers but admits the XT and performance models would have opened up other avenues.

 “I think there would be a demand [for a performance edition] and if we could have it tomorrow I’d take it. The XT was a great car but sometimes for growing our audience base having a simpler lineup has its benefits, and it isn’t such a complex message," Christie added.

Instead, Australia will likely see the Forester Sport (pictured above) first unveiled at the New York motor show earlier this year. It adds aesthetic bling but because the model we’d get is currently based in the US and not Japan it’s at least 12 months away.

“No [we don’t have access to the Sport], not yet, we’re working with Japan on it,” Christie told Drive.

“I think it’s a great looking car. It’s not in our current line-up but we are hopeful of getting that car at some stage in the future.

“Japan has a completely different version and the US has one so we are just working on what it would look like and it wouldn’t be in the next 12 months I’d expect.”

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