All set for su­per Forester

Ex­pect a world-first an­nounce­ment from Subaru, writes James Stan­ford

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

ARED-HOT Forester turbo will be re­vealed at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show in Syd­ney next month.

Subaru Aus­tralia will take the cov­ers off a high-per­for­mance ver­sion of the com­pact cross­over wagon that will sit above the ex­ist­ing turbo XT model in what is ex­pected to be a world first.

The com­pany’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Nick Se­nior only hints that a sporty SUV will make its de­but at Syd­ney and will not go any fur­ther.

‘‘You will have to come to Syd­ney to find out more,’’ he says.

But cars­Guide can re­veal the hot cross­over will have more power than the XT Forester, though it will not be a full-blown STI model.

The XT fea­tures a 2.5-litre four­cylin­der turbo en­gine that pro­duces 169kW and 320Nm of torque that is put through its con­stant all-wheeldrive sys­tem. That is con­sid­er­ably less than the same en­gine in the Im­preza WRX, that gen­er­ates 195kW and 343Nm.

So it’s ex­pected that the sporty new Forester will have sim­i­lar, or slightly less, power and torque than the WRX.

The en­gine re­vi­sions won’t be the only thing to set the hot Forester apart from the XT, with a lower rid­ing sus­pen­sion sys­tem and body kit en­sur­ing it will stand out.

Its pub­lic ap­pear­ance in Syd­ney is likely to be the first time it’s seen any­where in the world.

The in­tro­duc­tion of a high­per­for­mance Forester could give the model an­other boost, though it is cur­rently sell­ing strongly with­out it.

Subaru has sold 10,126 Foresters so far this year, which makes it the best-sell­ing com­pact SUV in Aus- tralia, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from VFACTS, in front of the Toy­ota RAV4 with 9197. The com­pany says the Forester was also the best-sell­ing ve­hi­cle in Tas­ma­nia last month, out­selling the Holden Com­modore, Toy­ota Corolla and Mazda3.

Subaru says the ad­di­tion of a diesel model in June has helped its cause and now ac­counts for an im­pres­sive 29 per cent of its sales.

The strength of the diesel Forester, as well as the per­for­mance of the diesel Out­back, has prompted Subaru Aus­tralia to ask Subaru par­ent com­pany Fuji Heavy In­dus­tries to make a diesel-pow­ered Lib­erty sedan and wagon avail­able for lo­cal sale.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.