• The long-awaited refreshed Subaru Forester will arrive in the first quarter of 2021.
• The 2.5-litre Boxer engine now has more power: 136kW and 239Nm.
• New Sport model features water-repellent seats.
• Pricing will be confirmed closer to its local launch.
Subaru announced its latest Forester model is slated for local launch in March 2021, the latest SUV from the Japanese carmaker arrives in South Africa with more power, as well as more tech and safety systems.
The new 2021 line-up also includes the addition of two new variants. The headlining act will be the 2.5i Sport ES model which brings a refreshing and sporty design.
"The introduction of the 2.5-litre and the Sport models to the line-up is so important for us as a brand, because it gives our customers more options, and a more personalised experience," says Nteo Nkoli, Subaru's head of marketing.
New 2.5-litre Boxer engine debuts
As mentioned, the latest models will be offered with a new 2.5-litre direct injection engine mated to the familiar Lineartronic CVT. Peak power from the motor is 136kW and torque is quoted at 239Nm.
The engine has 21kW and 43Nm more in comparison to the previous generation's 2.0-litre engine.
Flagship Sport model
A 2.5i-Sport model is offered in five exclusive colour combinations, Subaru says.
The use of contrasting the body colour with orange and black trim pieces sets it apart from other models in the range. The grille and bumper elements are finished in black as are the side sills, wheel arch surrounds, rear bumpers and the top section of the boot lid.
Also exclusively available on the Sport model is the addition of new water-repellent seats, the first of their kind offered locally, the carmaker says.
Myriad of safety advancements available
The 2.5i-Sport ES and the 2.5i-S ES models are fitted with the brand's EyeSight safety system that uses camera technology and integrates adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist.
AWD with X-mode
The entire 2021 Forester line-up offers the carmaker's symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
Maintaining traction is managed through a continuously variable transfer clutch that can transfer more torque to individual wheels where necessary, reading grip and slip levels and then feeding the torque where it is required.
There is also the selectable X-mode system that changes the off-road capability by managing the engine, transmission, AWD system as well as the braking and VDC system.
2.0i-S ES CVT
2.5i-S ES CVT
2.5i Sport ES CVT
All models are sold with a three-year or 75 000km maintenance plan as well as the 5year or 150 000km Warranty.
Compiled by Sean Parker