X-Mode Drives Forester To New Heights

Mon, 03/12/2012


Subaru’s fourth generation Forester debuts in February with a bold new look and multiple technical innovations including X-Mode for autos, providing excellent control on poor surfaces and hills.  

The All-Wheel Drive icon, which has been a best-seller for Subaru since pioneering the Compact Sports Utility Vehicle class in 1997, is set to achieve new heights with an amazing array of new features, technologies and style, including:

  • X-Mode– offers confidence and control on difficult terrain, on Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission models
  • EyeSight™- award-winning driver assist system debuts in Forester 2.5i-S (option in 2.5i-L)
  • New Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission– ultra efficient and quiet
  • New six-speed manual – available on entry-level Forester 2.0i and 2.0i-L
  • Amazing gains in fuel efficiency– up to 22.6 per cent improved, thanks to new generation engine efficiencies. New auto 12.9 per cent improvement over superseded four-speed auto
  • Lower emissions – up to 15 per cent less
  • Auto Stop Start– on all normally-aspirated petrol Foresters - major contributor to economy
  • Stronger more responsive suspension
  • Multi-Function Display– delivers new level of driver information
  • SI-Drive– matches performance to driving style in normally aspirated automatic Foresters
  • Powerful, sophisticated appearance with a sleek silhouette
  • Soft-touch high-quality interior trim – new level of refinement
  • Push button start on Forester 2.5i-S and 2.0D-S
  • New generation Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive- for auto Foresters
  • Automatic cargo door– new convenience feature for Subaru, on Forester 2.5i-S and 2.0D-S  
  • Increased cabin space– great comfort and convenience 
  • Aerodynamic efficiency – Cd of just 0.33
  • Seven airbags – introduction of driver’s knee airbag on every Forester
  • Stiffer, more responsive brakes - performance almost identical on wet and dry surfaces
  • Emphasis on the established Subaru traits of driving fun, quality, safety, security, durability and reliability combined with style.

New Forester offers smart practicality and added value, with pricing to be announced in January, 2013.

All Model Year 2013 Foresters, with the exception of 2.0i, 2.0i-L manual and diesel variants, introduce the new generation Lineartronic™CVT.   

Entry-level Forester 2.0i and 2.0i-L also offer a sophisticated six-speed manual for the first time, linked to an efficient new generation 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed Boxer engine.

Normally aspirated automatic Forester 2.5i, 2.5i-L and 2.5i-S feature the new generation 2.5-litre engine.

Forester 2.0 diesel variants also feature the six-speed manual transmission.

All Forester engines comply with strict EURO5 emission standards.

For the first time, Forester debuts a Multi-Function Display, offering a new level of easily understood information available to drivers.

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

Towing with brakes is improved across every variant – capacity increases across all normally aspirated models by 100 kilograms, to 1500 kg and by 200 kg for diesel models to 1800 kg. Foresters with Lineartronic™CVT also add an air-cooled oil cooler, for enhanced towing ability.

Features unique to Australian Forester include Auto Stop Start introduced on normally aspirated variants, plus enhanced All-Wheel Drive and the EyeSight™ driver assist system, offering practical safety benefits in 2.5i-S and optional in 2.5i-L.

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

Subaru Managing Director, Nick Senior, said: “As we promised last year, the award-winning EyeSight™ driver assist system is now trickling down into other cars in our range, with Forester the latest beneficiary of this incredible technology.

“New Forester offers a new level of specification that combines great comfort with genuine All-Wheel Drive ability.

“That’s highlighted by X-Mode, which gives auto Forester drivers an even greater level of confidence on difficult surfaces and in challenging situations.

“For many customers Forester represents the ultimate family car and with clever new features like the auto cargo door and improved legroom, combined with Subaru’s safety credentials and a good deal of style, it’s the ideal vehicle.”

Forester pricing will be released in January 2013.