New Subaru pow­ers sales

Get ready for a new Forester, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

ANEW Forester flag­ship will join the Subaru line-up next year. The S-Edi­tion is pre­viewed at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show with a col­lec­tion of go-fast and dress-up gear that it will take it $4000 be­yond to­day’s Forester XT in show­rooms.

The pre­view car even has a wing­mounted rear-vi­sion mir­ror, a pointer to its Ja­panese ori­gins and the car’s world-first show­ing at Dar­ling Har­bour in Syd­ney.

The Forester S-Edi­tion is pow­ered by a tur­bocharged 2.5 litre boxer en­gine with 193kW of power, which is 24kW more than the XT, and pro­duces 347Nm of torque, up 27 Nm.

Other fea­tures are a pad­dle-shift, five-speed au­to­matic gear­box, re­vised sports sus­pen­sion, Vari­able Torque Dis­tri­bu­tion (VTD) all-wheel drive and STI 17-inch high-lus­tre al­loy wheels.

In­side the new Forester fea­tures al­can­tara seat trim with S-Edi­tion lo­gos, drilled al­loy ped­als and lu­mi­nes­cent in­stru­ments with a cen­tre de- sign and Forester S-Edi­tion badg­ing. ‘‘It points to­wards an ex­cit­ing devel­op­ment in our Forester range early next year,’’ Subaru Aus­tralia. man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Nick Se­nior says.

‘‘ Forester is firmly es­tab­lished as Aus­tralia’s best-sell­ing com­pact sports util­ity ve­hi­cle, with the most re­cent ad­di­tion to the range be­ing the diesel vari­ants that are prov­ing a sales win­ner for our all-wheeldrive brand.

‘‘There’s no deny­ing Forester’s ap­peal to Aus­tralians in both ur­ban and ru­ral en­vi­ron­ments,’’ Mr Se­nior says. ‘‘So we think this con­cept will only add to the huge in­ter­est.’’

Aussie ap­peal: the new Forester S-Edi­tion.

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