After its introduction in early 2013, the Forester sees a light restyle at the front, with a “sturdier, more SUV-like appearance” according to information released by the company.
The updated Forester also introduces Subaru’s first high and low beam LED headlights, which can be paired with Adaptive Driving Beam to automatically shield other drivers from high beam glare, as well as Steering Responsive Headlights to illuminate through bends.
Safety is bolstered thanks to the addition of a third-generation EyeSight stereo-camera system, which upgrades the vehicle’s Active Lane Keep steering assistance, as well as Pre-Collision Braking Control and Adaptive Cruise Control systems.
Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert Systems are also available as an option.
Under the skin Subaru promises a more agile package thanks to a more rigid front cross member, quicker steering ratio, and retuned suspension designed to suppress vibration, reduce roll, and offer greater comfort.
Active torque vectoring has been added to turbocharged models, while auto-step shift control for the Lineartronic CVT aims to deliver more sporty acceleration.
Thicker door glass, stronger body sealing and changes to the Lineartronic CVT are also said to enhance passenger comfort thanks to a reduction in noise.
Inside the instrument cluster picks up a colour LCD display, a redesigned dashboard is finished in higher quality materials, and the optional Harman Kardon sound system gains 'Siri Eyes Free' functionality for compatible iPhones.
Rear seat heaters and a powered driver’s seat with memory function also join the equipment list for selected models.
No word yet on the timing or extent of the changes for Australian delivered cars, but information about the updated Forester range should filter through soon - TMR will keep you updated as it does.
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