Tue, 01/06/2010

Australia's favourite compact sports utility vehicle, the Subaru Forester, is adding to its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive appeal with the launch of the first ever turbocharged diesel variants.

Building on the huge success of the Subaru Outback diesels launched late last year, Forester 2.0D and 2.0D Premium add a new dimension to the range, which was Australia's best-selling SUV across all categories last year.

Superb fuel efficiency and low emissions linked to Forester's five-star occupant safety package are set to attract even more customers. Indeed the new Forester diesels comply with the strict Euro 5 emission standard.

Forester 2.0D's turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0 litre flat Boxer diesel engine consumes just 6.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres in the combined cycle, while producing just 168 grams/kilometre of carbondioxide. In the highway cycle it only consumes 5.7 l/100 km and produces 151g/km of CO2.

Forester 2.0D offers a 1600 kg braked towing capacity, 200 kg above normally aspirated petrol Foresters.

All Forester 2.0Ds offer the same outstanding five-star occupant safety rating as every Subaru.

Two models are available: the Forester 2.0D and the 2.0D Premium.

The 2.0D engine produces 108 Kilowatts of power at 3600 rpm and 350 Newtonmetres of torque between 1800-2400 rpm.

Even at just 1600 rpm, the engine delivers 340 Nm of torque for incredible low-down pulling power.

As with all four-cylinder Forester models, the first service is now at 12,500 kilometres/six months.

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: "It's exciting for us to introduce a second diesel variant in Australia.

"The Outback has exceeded our expectations and early demand for the Forester suggests it will follow suit.

"Outstanding economy, the potential for a 1000 kilometre plus range, great engine flexibility and Forester's traditionally strong retained value are the hallmarks of this vehicle."

Among the Forester 2.0D highlights:

  • Incredible fuel economy and range
  • Six-speed manual
  • Highest five-star ANCAP safety rating across the range
  • Sophisticated Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for added driving pleasure and safety
  • DataDot security - in line with the entire Subaru range
  • First service at 12,500 kilometres/six months
  • Self-levelling rear suspension

The new generation Forester 2.0D line-up comprises:

  • Forester 2.0D - with six-speed manual transmission
  • Forester 2.0D Premium - includes leather trim, electric sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, power driver's seat, premium audio and HID headlights.


  • Satin White Pearl
  • Steel Silver
  • Spark Silver
  • Camellia Red
  • Sage Green
  • Newport Blue
  • Obsidian Black
  • Dark Grey
  • Sunlight Gold

For pricing, please check with your local retailer, who can be located via the Find a Retailer function at


Every Subaru sold in Australia features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a horizontally opposed Boxer engine, standard Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability program, and a five-star rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The result - driving confidence