Subaru has introduced its flagship 2013 Forester in Australia, priced from $43,490 in base form, and $50,490 in Premium trim.
As the latest in the evolution of Subaru's family car range, the 2013 Forester rides on a new platform, bringing Impreza-inspired styling, familiar powertrains and new safety technologies.
In top-shelf XT form, shown here, there's a 2.0 litre turbocharged boxer engine mated to Subaru's Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission - replacing the four- and five-speed options in the outgoing model.
The XT is powered by Subaru's turbo-charged four-cylinder boxer engine, delivering 177kW and 350Nm of torque.
Mated to a CVT automatic transmission and Subaru's all-wheel-drive system, the engine delivers fuel consumption figures of 8.5 l/100km on the combined cycle.
There's electric power steering, while the suspension package features McPherson struts up front and a double wishbone arrangement at the rear.
Towing capacity is listed 1800kg braked and 750kg unbraked, with a maximum towball down load of 180kg.
The 2013 Forester’s all-new body is longer and taller by (35mm) than the model it replaces, but uses high-strength steel and an aluminium bonnet to keep weight-gain to a minimal five kilograms.
Subaru also promises significant improvements to noise, vibration and handling (watch for TMR's full review to learn more).
Inside the new Forester XT, you'll find multifunction in-dash display and a cabin-design based on the look of the Impreza range - a theme carried over from the current model.
Subaru promises improved build quality and a greater spread of soft-touch surfaces.
The cabin is slightly larger in all key dimensions, but the only apparent difference is the 32mm-higher driving position.
The new Forester's wheelbase is 25mm longer than in the outgoing model, with most of that going towards rear legroom - an area also benefiting from a lower floor tunnel.
Similarly, elbow and shoulder room grows by 15mm, while the front doors open an extra 135mm for greater access.
Rear cargo space is listed at 422 litres with the rear seats upright, and 1457 litres when laid flat.
Child seat anchorage points are now located on the rear seatbacks, eliminating the compromise to rearward vision of the current model.
Standard features for the base XT variant include 18-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare, along with a unique bumper design, chromed side skirt highlights, a mesh grille, roof-mounted antenna, rear wiper and silver roof rails.
Inside there's a multi-function display, cloth seat trim, remote central locking, electric sunroof, height and reach adjustable steering, dual-zone climate control, three-mode SI-Drive system, 60/40 split-fold rear seats, steering-mounted cruise controls.
Upgrading to the XT Premium adds an automatic tailgate, automatic headlights and wipers, leather seat trim, eight-way power adjusted driver and front passenger seat, heated front seats and door mirrors, EyeSight crash avoidance system, Harmon Kardon eight-speaker entertainment system, push-button start.
Safety features for both XT variants include ABS brakes, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, along with full-length curtain airbags, driver's knee airbag, dual front airbags and dual side airbags.
There's also a reversing camera, side intrusion bars, and in the XT Premium, Subaru's EyeSight system.
Also joining the Forester is a new X-Mode system, optimising the all-wheel-drive system and transmission for managing potentially dangerous road conditions.
The X-Mode system ties together the Hill Descent and Vehicle Dynamics Control functions, optimising throttle, traction, braking and other critical components.
The new SUV continues the carmaker's record of 5-Star rated vehicles, making it one of the all-round safest line-ups available in Australia.
The 2013 Forester range goes on sale in Australia from early February.
- Forester 2.0i manual - $30,990
- Forester 2.5i auto - $32,990
- Forester 2.0i-L manual - $33,490
- Forester 2.5i-L auto - $35,990
- Forester 2.5i-S auto - $43,990
- Forester 2.0D manual - $35,490
- Forester 2.0D-L manual - $37,490
- Forester 2.0D-S manual - $43,990
- Forester 2.0XT auto - $43,490
- Forester 2.0XT Premium auto - $50,490
- Option: EyeSight™ on Forester 2.5i-L - $1500
Note: prices exclude on-road costs.