Mid­lands ready for Forester

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

ALL the Mid­lands farm­ers who help to make Pi­eter­mar­itzburg’s Subaru dealer on of the busiest in South Africa will be glad to know the fifth gen­er­a­tion Forester SUV will be on the show­room floor early next year.

The 2019 Forester builds upon its long his­tory of award-win­ning safety with a stiffer and stronger chas­sis and adds Subaru’s Eye­Sight Driver As­sist Tech­nol­ogy and LED low- and high-beam head­lights.

The new engine boasts 80% re­designed parts and now fea­tures di­rect in­jec­tion for en­hanced re­spon­sive­ness. All mod­els will be paired with Lin­eartronic con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT), pro­duc­ing 115kW and 196 Nm of torque.

The pre­mium model will of­fer the dou­ble X-Mode sys­tem, which au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the throt­tle power for mud or sand. Other Forester mod­els have the stan­dard X-Mode sin­gle mode func­tion. Both ver­sions fea­ture Subaru’s Hill de­scent con­trol.

Hav­ing been re­leased into se­lect mar­kets glob­ally over the last month, the new Forester has been named as a World Car of the Year 2019 can­di­date.

Pric­ing will be an­nounced closer to the time.

PHOTO: SUBARU

The 2019 Subaru Forester ar­rives in SA early next year.

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