Forester Diesel Adds Smooth Auto Option

Mon, 16/03/2015

Subaru has launched its Model Year 2015 Forester range, for the first time offering ultra-efficient automatic transmission diesel variants – and further savings across the entire line-up.

In another display of its All 4 the Driver customer commitment, Subaru has realigned the Forester range.
The revised MY15 range now starts with the mid-spec Forester 2.0i-L.
The newly introduced version is the Forester 2.0D-L with Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Adding the Lineartronic™ CVT option to the turbocharged Forester 2.0D line-up offers a new level of frugal long-range driving, underpinned by the sure-footed benefits of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and five-star occupant safety.
Engine refinements add to the diesel variants efficiency and every Forester is now compliant with the strict EURO6 emission standard.
New feature-packed infotainment systems in every Forester introduce a wide array of functions, including speech recognition.
Revised interior trim also adds to Forester’s fresh appeal.
Among the MY15 Forester highlights:
  • All-new infotainment – new level of on board information and entertainment
    - Speech recognition across a wide range of key functions
  • Gearbox refinements - efficient Lineartronic™ CVT debuts on 2.0D models
    - Less noise and even better response
    - Benefits fuel efficiency, low vibration, stability, performance and towing
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive advantage - the legendary stability, agility and safety of Symmetrical AWD
  • Shark fin radio antennas - across the range
  • Interior quality enhanced - heater controls and air vent designs changed
    - Upgraded steering wheel satellite switches
Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior, said: “The addition of the CVT to the Forester diesel is a huge boost to the range.
“We know through our dealer network that there is significant pent-up demand for Forester auto diesels, not least in regional and rural areas, where the benefits of fuel efficiency in long-range driving really come to the fore.
“Factor in the major infotainment changes and cabin refinements across the range and you have a formidable Forester package underpinned by the renowned Subaru traits of symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, five-star occupant safety, durability, rock-solid engineering and great retained value.
“Since the original Forester was introduced in 1997, establishing the compact Sports Utility Vehicle category, it has also gone on to become one of the most awarded vehicles in the automotive industry, so its credentials are independently recognised too.”
Forester 2.5i was again named Best All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) under $45,000 in the Australia’s Best Cars awards, in 2014.
Mr Senior predicts sales of around 200 Forester 2.0D CVT automatics per month.