Forester Offers Technical XT’sy

Thu, 24/01/2013


Subaru’s new generation All-Wheel Drive Forester 2.0 XT introduces direct injection turbocharging and a sporty suspension set-up taking the SUV performance package to a new level of driving entertainment.

Model Year 2013 Forester 2.0 XT is available exclusively with a paddleshift Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that highlights the car’s fun factor.

Forester 2.0 XT includes X-Mode, reversing camera, electric sunroof, dual zone air-conditioning, Multi-Function Display (MFD), SI-Drive, 18-inch alloy wheels and silver roof rails.

Forester 2.0 XT Premium adds a wide variety of features including the EyeSight™ driver assist system, eight-speaker harman kardon®entertainment system, push button start, rain sensing front wipers, leather trim, automatic cargo door and dusk sensing headlights.


There are significant improvements in the key areas of power, torque, fuel efficiency, emissions and towing ability, as the range-topping Foresters take full advantage of new engine and transmission technology from Subaru manufacturer Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI).

Among the major refinements over its predecessor:

·         20.6 per cent improvement in emissions

·         19 per cent gain in fuel efficiency in the combined cycle*

·         12.5 per cent hike in towing ability

·         11 per cent better aerodynamic efficiency

·         9.4 per cent torque increase

·         4.7 per cent power gain

The new CVT is linked to the more powerful direct injection 2.0 litre horizontally opposed Boxer engine that produces 177 Kilowatts of power at 5600 rpm and 350 Newtonmetres of torque at 2400-3600 rpm.

Other turbocharged Forester highlights include:

·         New generation turbo engine–complies with strict EURO5 emission standards

·         Direct Injection Turbocharging (DIT) - significantly improves acceleration, fuel and environmental efficiency while producing a dynamic drive experience

·         Lightweight body and chassis– contributes to the thrilling drive

·         Suspension specifically tuned to match Forester 2.0 XT’s sporty performance -  stronger and more response, producing driving excitement

·         X-Mode– offers confidence and control on difficult terrain

·         EyeSight™- award-winning driver assist system debuts in Forester 2.0 XT Premium

·         New Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission– ultra efficient and quiet

·         Multi-Function Display– delivers new level of driver information

·         SI-Drive– matches performance to driving style

·         Powerful, sophisticated appearance with a sleek silhouette

·         Soft-touch high-quality interior trim – new level of refinement

·         New generation Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive– all auto Foresters

·         Automatic cargo door– new convenience feature in Forester 2.0 XT Premium

·         Increased cabin space– great comfort and convenience 

·         Aerodynamic efficiency – Cd of just 0.33, an 11 per cent per cent improvement

·         Stiffer, more responsive brakes- performance optimized in wet and dry surfaces

·         Emphasis on the established Subaru traits of driving fun, quality, safety, security, durability and reliability, combined with style.

The MFD offers a new level of easily understood information available to drivers.

The car’s impressive towing credentials are enhanced through features including Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) now including Towing Stability Control.

Braked towing capacity increases by 200 kilograms, to 1800 kg. Forester 2.0 XT also has an air-cooled oil cooler, for enhanced towing ability.

Forester 2.0 XT has enhanced All-Wheel Drive plus the EyeSight™ driver assist system on Premium variants, offering practical safety benefits.

Inside, there’s an emphasis on comfort and space.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior, said: “This is a game changer. The Sports Utility Vehicle market is booming and just like the passenger car market before it, there is interest in a sporty model – a halo vehicle in effect.   

“The XT is that sporty alternative, but not at the expense of creature comforts, ride and refinement. Comfortably quick is its catchphrase.

“It is turbine smooth, surprisingly nimble and pampers the driver and passengers. It blends the best of both in a package for its time.”

He added: “Forester 2.0 XT is the ultimate fun package for those that like turbocharged performance in their SUV.

“There’s a heap of new technology plus great advances in cabin trim, suspension, transmission and engine efficiency that make this a powerful package in every sense.

“Factor-in the lower emissions, fuel consumption and increased towing and you’re looking at our best-ever turbo petrol Forester that comes with the peace-of-mind of Subaru durability, five-star safety and our long-established rock-solid resale value.”