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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+óGÇP-ó Continuously Variable Transmission models
  • EyeSight+óGÇP-ó - award-winning driver assist system debuts in Forester 2.5i-S (option in 2.5i-L)
  • New Lineartronic+óGÇP-ó 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 New auto 12.9 per cent improvement over superseded four-speed auto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+óGÇP-ó 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+óGÇP-ó 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+óGÇP-ó 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+óGÇP-ó 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.


New Forester offers impressive road presence with its muscular, solid, aerodynamic body design.

The flared lower body promotes Forester's sense of stability, while the bonnet height is increased and headlights located in line with the classic Subaru hexagonal grille, for a powerful presence.

Forester's rear is narrower, for improved aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, yet the cabin offers greater volume.

All normally aspirated and diesel Foresters gain a rear spoiler, previously only available on turbocharged petrol variants.

The aluminium bonnet helps reduce weight and lowers the centre of gravity, while rear bumper corners were designed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind, together with the large underbody covers, including mudguards and air flaps.

The push button open/close cargo door on Forester 2.5i-S and 2.0D-S ensures easy access at all times. It includes a memory function for use in low clearance situations. It can be operated with the key fob, or via a dashboard or cargo door button. If the buttons are pressed accidentally, the cargo door will reverse its motion if touching a person or object.

Despite Forester's increased body size, it maintains the turning radius of the superseded model. It is 35 mm longer, with a 25 mm increase in wheelbase.

The A-pillar is moved forward, enhancing the sleek look while also aiding the field-of-vision from inside.

The back end of the roof is lowered for aerodynamic performance.

Forester's windscreen is flush with the surrounding body, producing a cleaner look.

Forester 2.5i-S and 2.0D-S with keyless entry introduce a touch sensor for locking.

The lower part of the passenger doors is extended and a garnish added, hiding the sill and resisting dirt. This enabled the sill to be moved 30 mm toward the vehicle's centre, helping occupant exit.

Re-shaped door mirrors are relocated from the A-pillar to the front end of the metal panel, improving aerodynamics, reducing wind noise and benefitting vision.

The centre six-LED high-mount rear brake light is integrated into the rear spoiler for great visibility and improved aerodynamics.

Electric sunroofs on Forester 2.5i-S and 2.0D-S are 17 per cent lighter, yet stronger while maintaining the same size opening.


  • Burnished bronze metallic
  • Crystal black silica
  • Dark gray metallic
  • Deep cherry pearl
  • Ice silver metallic
  • Jasmine green metallic
  • Marine blue pearl
  • Satin white pearl
  • Venetian red pearl


New Forester's cabin is wider and offers greater passenger space while featuring much greater use of high-quality soft-touch finishes.

The A-pillar is moved forward 200 mm, taking the windscreen further from front-seat occupants, aiding the air of spaciousness, while reducing the blind spot by one degree.

The raised seats are specifically designed for Forester, offering an ideal combination of comfort, security and commanding view. The increased hip point combines with the lower top surface of the instrument panel to offer great viewing and peripheral field-of-vision.

This is also helped by the triangular quarter glass integrated in the front doors, rather than the body, reducing blind spots.

Forester's new front seats include generous shoulder areas for greater support and a spacious hip point. The backrest is 60 mm higher, with additional support from the reconfigured springs, while lumbar support is also enhanced through strengthening materials inside the urethane. Low resistance urethane is used inside the cushions to absorb small vibrations while travelling. Rear seat recline is operated using a simple strap.

The rear seat centre armrest features dual cup-holders.

Child seat tether points are now located on the seat back, meaning no intrusion into the cargo area.

The headrest angle can be adjusted in addition to the height.

Forester 2.5i-S and 2.0D-S also includes heated front seats.

The hip point of the rear seats is move back 15 mm and raised 36 mm, while the cushion thickness is also increased for better vibration absorption.

The instrument panel is located further away from the front passenger seat occupant, further increasing the cabin's open feel.

The new two-gauge instrument cluster features a central Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), producing a clean, high-quality layout with information easy to decipher.

Steering wheels across the range are tilt and telescopic adjustable, with the tilt range increased to 42 mm.

All automatic Foresters include paddleshift, with the system now being more intuitive.

Fully automatic dual-zone air conditioning is standard on all Forester 2.5i, 2.0i-L, 2.5i-L, 2.5i-S, and diesel variants, while fully-automatic single-zone features on entry-level Forester 2.0i. Helping reduce air-conditioning workload and improve fuel efficiency is engine bay insulation, reducing the amount of heat entering the cabin.

Textured satin finishes around Forester's cabin complement the quality air, extending to fine detail such as the chrome-plated ring around the gear shifter base.

Vent ducts and the heater unit are designed to help lower the top surface of the instrument panel between 50-80 mm.

Forester's wheelbase is 25 mm longer. Together with the reconfigured floor design, this significantly improves rear passenger comfort. The floor tunnel is lower, offering greater back seat space, while there is improved rear legroom.

Elbow and shoulder room are improved by 15 mm.

The inverse shape of the front seat backs and centre console allow extra rear occupant knee room. The front edge of the rear seats is also straight, to enhance space.

Forester's cabin produces superb low Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH).

Side sills are lowered by 50 mm while front doors open an extra 135 mm for ease of entry and exit.

Clever attention to detail includes the rear passenger side steps made as wide as possible, with a finish to help prevent slipping, especially for children.

Forester's cargo area is wider, making loading and unloading even easier, with the power rear cargo door adding to the convenience on 2.5i-S and 2.0D-S variants.

While the back end of the roof is lowered for aerodynamic performance, the interior roof construction benefits the larger interior space.

For added practicality, a hook is positioned on the cargo door lower trim, making it possible to hang objects with the door opened, aiding beachgoers and other outdoor recreation.

A grocery bag hook is located on each side of the cargo area, plus four high-strength metal cargo hooks.

Other cabin convenience features include:

  • A glovebox capable of holding the equivalent of 16 compact discs
  • A centre console box with 20CD capacity, plus AUX terminal, USB port and AC power
  • Dual centre cup holders (auto variants)
  • Centre dashboard tray with 10CD capacity, plus AC power
  • Expanded double-stitched door armrests with soft feel and texture
  • Sun visors with extensions for added sun block

In line with Forester's SUV credentials, every variant has a full-size spare wheel.


Forester's MFD provides vital vehicle information at a glance. It encourages economical driving via the eco-gauge and fuel efficiency evaluation.

Among the audio information displayed on the MFD is current radio station, song name, artist and frequency. In cars with factory-fitted satellite navigation (SatNav), this information appears on the SatNav screen.

EyeSight+óGÇP-ó information is also displayed on the MFD, including set speed and a graphic representation of the distance between the Forester and the vehicle ahead. When the Forester driver brakes, the brake lights on the vehicle in the display also light up.


Introduction of the MFD means features such as song lists or radio presets can be displayed simultaneously, with less eye diversion for the driver. It is also easy to make music selections. In SatNav models, this information appears on the SatNav screen.

All Foresters offer USB, iPod and Bluetooth\* phone and audio connectivity.

Among the system's features are:

  • Vocal image control - projects vocals to optimum effect
  • Virtual bass - richer bass tones by adding harmonics
  • Sound restorer - adds to the digital sound sources that get lost in music when compressed for iPod and MP3

Forester's six-speaker audio system features four 160 mm diameter full-range speakers, installed in each door.

All Foresters feature a roof-mounted AM/FM antenna.

Forester 2.5i-S and 2.0D-S also feature factory-fitted satellite navigation.



Forester's new X-Mode feature makes it easier for automatic transmission Forester drivers to safely navigate bad roads, slippery surfaces and steep hills, with just one switch. X-Mode's status is indicated visually on the MFD.

When X-Mode is engaged, at 40 km/h or less, status information is displayed on the MFD and instrument cluster, including Hill Descent Control and Vehicle Dynamics Control.

X-Mode centralizes control of the engine, All-Wheel Drive, brakes and other critical components to help ensure safe driving even on poor surfaces.

Hill Descent Control helps maintain a constant speed when the vehicle is travelling down hill.

The X-Mode switch is located in front of the gear shifter.

Key X-Mode Controls:

At 40 km/h or less:

  • Engine Control Unit (ECU) - in low load range, the throttle opens slowly to avoid sudden torque changes and improves drivability
  • Traction Control Unit (TCU) - AWD clutch pressure is increased by around 25 per cent, controlling differential rotation between front and rear wheels, improving traction
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) - Enhances Limited Slip Differential (LSD) Control. To improve traction on slippery road surfaces, it counteracts differential rotation between left and right wheels by accelerating brake boosting speed and delaying reduction of brake pressure when wheel rotation returns to normal.

At 20 km/h or less:

  • VDC also uses Hill Descent Control (HDC) to control brakes on steep hills, so vehicle speed can be maintained when neither accelerator or brake pedals are pressed. It improves safety by allowing the driver to focus on steering without operating the brakes. HDC is automatically activated if speed is increasing on a descent, resulting in constant speed. Control is based on speed data, not hill angle. Therefore a constant speed can be maintained when the vehicle begins a descent from the flat. HDC brake control allows the driver to focus on safe steering while leaving braking to the vehicle.

Testing by Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the maker of Subaru vehicles, indicates that with X-Mode, when two diagonally-opposed wheels lose traction, the time to restoration of forward travel is cut by approximately half.


All Forester variants feature fuel efficient new generation four-cylinder horizontally opposed Boxer engines.

Entry-level Forester 2.0i manual produces 110 Kilowatts of power at 6200 rpm and 198 Newtonmetres of torque at 4200 rpm.

It consumes a frugal 7.2 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres and produces CO2 emissions of 168 grams/kilometre in the combined cycle.

This makes it 22.6 per cent more fuel efficient and 23.6 per cent lower in emissions in the combined cycle than the superseded 2.5 manual.

Automatic normally aspirated 2.5-litre Foresters produce 126 kW/5800 rpm and 235 Nm/4100 rpm. Fuel consumption is 8.1 l/100 km in the combine cycle and emissions 187 g/km.

This engine is 12.9 per cent more efficient and produces 15.0 per cent less emissions in the combined cycle.

2.0 litre turbocharged diesel Foresters produce 108 kW/3600 rpm and 350 Nm/1600-2400 rpm. Fuel efficiency is 5.9 l/100 km and emissions 156 g/km in the combined cycle.

It is 1.7 per cent more fuel efficient and reduces emissions 1.3 per cent in the combined cycle.

Normally aspirated (NA) Foresters also offer increased mid-to-low-range torque.

The 2.0-litre engine in Forester 2.0i and 2.0i-L manual has intake and exhaust Active Valve Control System (AVCS) and Tumble Generator Valves (TGV).

FHI claims top-of-class acceleration for Forester 2.5 normally aspirated automatic variants - and equally impressive environmental performance. It features intake AVCS and TGV.

This results in better fuel efficiency without any torque loss at low-to-mid speeds, benefitting practical everyday driving.


In both NA engines, changes are made to the surface treatment of oil seals at sliding parts of the crankshaft, reducing friction.


The addition of water jacket spacers means coolant can be prevented from direct contact with the bore. This means the liner temperature can be kept higher, reducing friction from piston sliding.


High-strength chains used in new Impreza and XV debut in Forester. These reduce contact with guides, lowering friction.


In the NA 2.5-litre, the number of bolts securing the oil cover is increased, aiding efficiency.


The charging control system comprises a current sensor, battery temperature sensor and an alternator. When idling or travelling at a fixed speed, the system reduces generator voltage and when decelerating it increases voltage. This reduces overall engine load. The system has been made lighter and more compact by integrating the temperature and current sensors.


For easier maintenance and servicing, an oil level switch is introduced. This activates a warning light on the instrument panel if oil drops below a specific level, helping prevent serious engine damage.


Fluid-filled engine mounts provide efficient vibration suppression and contribute to ride comfort.


In the NA 2.5-litre engine two idlers are eliminated, while a decoupler is added to the alternator pulley, helping suppress resonation when torque changes. A greater than 40 per cent reduction in belt torque helps fuel efficiency.


The fuel tank canister is located outside the cabin, allowing more passenger space. It also enables the removal of a canister cover, saving 2 kg of weight.


All automatic Foresters feature the latest feature Lineartronic+óGÇP-ó CVT, which when linked to the new FB engines, offers a superb combination of driving and environmental performance.

NVH is improved, while a torque converter with built-in twin dampers reduces engine vibration resonance and improves fuel efficiency.

The six-speed manual transmission available in Forester 2.0i and 2.0i-L offers better acceleration and improved efficiency, with easier gear shifting.


Forester's new compact Lineartronic CVT offers improved standing-start acceleration and quieter, more fuel-efficient high-speed driving.

It provides a wide ratio spread and maintains torque, free of shift-shock.

A shorter pitch chain has expanded the transmission's ratio coverage, while reducing engine speed when Forester is operating in the high-speed range, also lessening noise. The number of rocker pins has increased while contact pressure per pin is reduced.

The tip of the CVT breather hose is positioned upwards and has a cap, helping prevent dust and dirt particles from entering the transmission. The tip of the front differential breather hose is also positioned at the top of the pitching topper, helping prevent water penetration.

For faster warming and improved efficiency in cool conditions the system includes a CVTF warmer.


The variator comprises a primary pulley at the input side and a secondary pulley at the output side, with a chain located inbetween. The pulleys have a v-shaped groove. The groove width changes along with the diameter at which the chain engages, producing step-less gear shifting. Pulley groove width is determined by the pressure balance between three hydraulic chambers.


Paddle shifters offer finger-tip gear shifting when "M" is selected on the gear shifter. Even in "D", Temporary Manual Mode activates if the driver uses a paddle shifter. The car automatically returns to "D" when it is travelling at a constant speed. The engine also supports standing starts in second gear, which can limit the likelihood of wheel spin on icy or very slippery surfaces.


In the normally-aspirated petrol engines, a damper is introduced, suitable for the larger lockup range of the Lineartronic+óGÇP-ó CVT. This helps fuel efficiency and noise reduction.


The six-speed manual transmission in Forester 2.0i and 2.0i-L contributes to improved economy and drivability.

Gear ratios are widened to suit the new FB engine across the operating range, while engine speeds are lower, increasing efficiency.


The manual transmission uses low-friction bearings, reducing friction. Oil volume is also reduced due to specially designed channels. Insertion of a baffle plate in the front differential chamber also helps reduce friction losses.

Manual transmission stroke length is reduced and shifting made easier through the design of the synchro mechanism, including use of a spherical insert key.
Low viscosity oil helps further reduce friction.


Low frictions bearings in rear differentials enhance both efficiency and reliability. A new hydraulic pressure sensor improves accuracy of differential oil temperature detection.


Forester features new-generation active torque split All-Wheel Drive (AWD) controls, which enhance driver confidence.

The system acquires input signals from the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) indicating steering wheel angle, yaw rate and transverse acceleration. This is in addition to conventional control information, comprising input torque and differential speed compensation, based on individual wheel speed. The result is improved initial steering behaviour and vehicle control in tight corner braking. Wheel spin is reduced when accelerating on snow-covered or slippery roads.

The electronically-controlled AWD system integrates a Multi-Plate Transfer (MPT) into the transfer used to distribute torque to the rear wheels. The system features 60:40 front:rear torque distribution. The Transmission Control Unit (TCU) responds to conditions such as acceleration, climbing and turning, adjusting torque distribution in real time. Whenever front wheel slipping is detected, rear wheel torque is increased, ensuring sufficient traction.


The Viscous LSD centre differential AWD system is Subaru's only mechanical, non-electronic AWD. Torque distribution maximizes traction across the full range of driving styles. It uses a bevel-gear type central differential, with a viscous LSD.

Traction is distributed 50:50 front:rear by the centre differential. Any difference in rotation speeds of front and rear wheels is addressed by the viscous LSD, using the centre differential, helping ensure stable traction.

All Subaru AWD systems are notable for lightweight design and minimal friction, contributing to fuel efficiency - and safety.


Normally aspirated Foresters feature Auto Stop Start. This automatically stops the engine when the vehicle is temporarily stationary, such as at traffic lights and junctions. It boosts engine and Lineartronic+óGÇP-ó CVT efficiency by reducing fuel consumption. The engine stops after 0.5 seconds and re-starts 0.35 seconds after the brakes are released. The system can be switched off using a button. It is disabled during use of X-Mode and when the powered cargo door is operating.


A special starter and ICR relay are vital components of the Auto Stop Start system. The relay stabilizes power supply during idle reduction, so instruments and displays do not flicker. Starters in Lineartronic+óGÇP-ó CVT Foresters feature tandem solenoids that independently control the motor and pinion gear connecting engine and motor rotation, ensuring rapid restart. When the engine restarts, the power voltage drop from engaging the starter is controlled, stabilizing power supply to navigation, audio and illuminated equipment.

Vehicles fitted with Auto Stop Start feature a dedicated long-life battery aimed at reducing maintenance.

Forester's MFD shows a visual overview of Auto Stop Start's benefits, including cumulative stop time and fuel saved.

When the engine is stopped, an electric pump supplies oil to the forward clutch's hydraulic circuit in Lineartronic+óGÇP-ó CVT Foresters, minimizing delay between engine restart and vehicle motion. It also reduces clutch engagement shock from standing starts, meaning smoother driving.

The Hill Hold Assist function ensures Auto Stop Start operates safely on hills. The engine will not stop automatically on steep hills.

To avoid wasting electrical energy, electric power steering is turned off when the engine stops automatically.

Air conditioning includes a new sensor to enhance comfort and fuel efficiency during Auto Stop Start activation.


Forester's steering is linear and gradual, producing a secure, fun driving experience.


All Foresters feature stronger independent strut front suspension. Top mount stiffness is increased and highly responsive valves added to the front strut. The result is substantially increased damping force and improved vehicle response.

Rebound springs are also added to front struts to help hazard avoidance. They can reduce rebound inside the wheels and prevent the body from lifting during steering. Rolling is therefore reduced, allowing the tyres to continue gripping the road and stabilizing cornering stance.

The front strut outer cylinder is thicker and the housing bracket enlarged, increasing strut and tread rigidity, producing more responsive and natural steering.

Increasing stabilizer diameter from 21 mm to 24 mm has helped suppress roll and make the vehicle feel more stable. The clamp shape is also designed for larger stabilizers, boosting efficiency.


Stiffness of the front cross-members front arm mounting area is increased to produce linear, reliable response. Inter-rings are added to the front arm bushings and support sections are stiffened.

Independent double-wishbone rear suspension includes introduction of high response valves for the rear shock absorbers, producing better overall response.

Pillow ball bushings replace rubber lateral link bushings.

Toe changes are now less likely to occur on poor road surfaces, meaning significantly improved straight-ahead stability.

Rear grip is boosted by modifying the hardness of the trailing link's bushing rubber.

To improve rigidity of the link mounting and rear suspension tread rigidity, lateral-link front brackets and rear cross-members from the rear sub-frame are thickened. This produces a more solid rear suspension feel and more responsive steering.


SI-Drive in Forester 2.0i-L, 2.5i-L and -S makes it possible for drivers to select engine and automatic transmission characteristics to suit various driving styles, preferences and conditions.

There are two modes:
Sport (S) - often used in normal everyday driving. The engine accelerates in a linear fashion and long trips are ideal in this mode.
Intelligent (I) - increases engine output more gradually for a smoother eco-friendly drive. Also makes for easier handling on snowy and slippery surfaces. The ECO gauge is particularly useful in this mode, helping promote economical driving. Intelligent mode automatically activates on engine start-up.


FHI engineers designed Forester's chassis to produce sporty, responsive driving, in comfort and security, even on rough roads.

One objective was to provide a road-hugging ride without vehicle float, resulting in a good balance between comfort and handling in normal driving. Stiffened suspension has improved handling without compromising ride.

To improve driving on poor road surfaces and reduce noise and vibration, Forester's body is stiffened around the front bulkhead, front suspension mounting area and pillar.

At the rear there is extra stiffening around the cargo door opening and suspension mounting area.

Underneath, new structural members improve joint stiffness.

Mechanical and transmission noise are reduced by use of insulators in the toe board, tunnel floor, bonnet and front guards, to achieve outstanding results.

Mudguard insulators are also added, while engine bay insulation reduces heat entering the cabin, increasing fuel efficiency due to lessened air conditioning load.

The aluminium bonnet contributes to reduced body weight.


A pinion assist-type electric power steering system features in all new Foresters, equating to a two per cent fuel efficiency boost.

The highly refined motor control ensures an extremely natural, highly-linear steering feel.

Contrasting with hydraulic-type systems, the engine compartment houses no oil pump or tank, meaning space saving and easier maintenance.


Both driving position and steering wheel centre are raised 20 mm.


The spring constant of the mount bushings and improved steering mount rigidity eliminate losses at the beginning of a steering operation. This improves response to delicate steering wheel motion and accentuates sporty feel.


Steering vibration is minimized through use of a rubber-supported floating design for the airbag inflator. This means the steering wheel effectively operates as a dynamic damper.


New design wheel patterns on all Forester variants reduce weight while increasing rigidity and aerodynamic performance.

Forester 2.0i, 2.5i, 2.0i-L, 2.5i-L and 2.0D diesel variants feature 17-inch wheels.

Forester 2.5i-S and 2.0D-S variants have 18-inch alloy wheels.


All Forester feature larger tyres to lower rolling resistance. Those with 17-inch wheels have Yokohama 225/60 R17 99H tyres, while Foresters with 18-inch wheels feature Bridgestone 225/55 R18 98H tyres.


All Foresters feature high-tensile steel plate, reducing weight and adding strength.

980 MPa grade high tensile steel is used for the side sills, front and centre pillar reinforcement, to assist in occupant protection and minimize cabin deformation in the event of a side collision or roll-over.

The new engine bay and front bulkhead area allow greater impact absorption, while energy absorbing insulators in the compartment decrease potential impact to the head.

Stronger body structure aids not only safety but durability and reliability.

Forester 2.5i-S variants introduce Subaru's award-winning EyeSight+óGÇP-ó driver assist system. It is an option on 2.5i-L.

A key priority for Forester's designed has been maintaining Subaru's high standards for visibility.

The dimensions and profile of the C-pillar, rear quarter window and D-pillar are optimized for rear visibility, while the A-pillar is moved forward and wing mirrors located on the door panel, improving driver vision and reducing blind spots. The side mirror is expanded by six per cent, for excellent rearward visibility.

The door mirror switch, relocated on the door trim, is also illuminated for ease of use at night.

Automatic headlights and wipers are introduced in Forester 2.0iS and 2.0D-S.

Light distribution is designed to illuminate areas most relevant to practical driving.

Front bumper impact absorption is enhanced.

The wiper sweep area is enlarged, together with the windscreen, while the volume of washer spray is increased by eight per cent.

EyeSight+óGÇP-ó-equipped Foresters feature a third centre nozzle to help keep glass clean directly in front of the system's stereo cameras, helping its performance in poor conditions.

Forester has speed-sensing intermittent windscreen wipers. Fluid is sprayed before the wipers move, to help avoid glass scratching.

When the rear wiper is in intermittent mode and reverse is selected, the wiper moves continuously to ensure a clear field of vision.

FHI designed Forester's body to meet a new overlap crash test being introduced in North America.


The EyeSight+óGÇP-ó driver assist system debuts on Forester 2.5i-S and is optional on Forester 2.5i-L.

It uses stereo cameras with 3-D image processing to assess and communicate a wide variety of situations, helping enhance safety.

The key features are:

  • Pre-Collision Braking - applies the brakes when a vehicle ahead is detected slowing or stopping suddenly (and the driver has failed to apply the brakes).
  • Pre-Collision Brake Assist - if the system determines that a collision is highly likely and the driver applies the brakes, the system can generate 1G maximum deceleration to help reduce impact or damage.
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management - if a driver accidentally applies full throttle close to a barrier or large object situated in front of the car (such as a car park wall or vehicle immediately ahead at close range), EyeSightTM inhibits the throttle opening, helping minimize or potentially avoid impact. This will also assist in helping to reduce impacts in situations when 'Drive' is accidentally selected instead of 'Reverse.'
  • Adaptive Cruise Control - is designed to maintain a safe distance from the 'target' car in front irrespective of the varying speed of that vehicle.
  • Lane Departure Warning - alerts the driver if the system determines that the car is drifting across clearly marked lanes.
  • Vehicle Sway Warning - alerts the driver if the car starts to sway from one side of the road to another, which may occur with fatigue.
  • Lead Vehicle Start Alert - when the EyeSightTM-equipped vehicle is stopped and the vehicle in front starts to move, the driver receives an audible reminder and information display indicator notifying them that the vehicle in front has moved.

EyeSightTM is designed to actively assist drivers in avoiding frontal collisions, lane drifting and low speed impacts.

It can 'lock on' to vehicles directly in front and, when used together with adaptive cruise control, can slow, stop and accelerate to maintain a safe distance.

EyeSightTM can also recognize pedestrians, motorcycles and cyclists within its field of vision.

Depending on conditions, EyeSightTM can use pre-crash braking, helping to minimize any impact and damage. If the speed is less than 30 km/h, the car may be brought to a complete stop prior to impact.

Forester's MFD makes it easy to understand EyeSight's+óGÇP-ó status, with simple visual display of active functions.


Seat frame rigidity is increased and designed to firmly support the head immediately after a collision, and prevent it snapping back. While the seats are considerably more comfortable, they are designed to carefully direct the motion of the body to limit torso and neck injury severity.


The torso is supported by a mat inside the seat back. The mat is connected to the seat frame by an S-shaped hook, which in the event of a heavy collision, detaches, allowing the torso to move backwards. This reduces energy transmitted to the torso and results in the headrest moving forward, relative to the occupant's body.


With child seat tether anchors now located on the back of the rear seats, rather than the roof, there is no effect on the driver's field-of-vision.


Every Forester features seven airbags - dual front, side, curtain and driver's knee.

The front passenger seat airbag has a centre groove that lessens impact force on the neck during deployment, without reducing overall effectiveness to the head.

It also weighs around 40 per cent less.

Side airbags also weigh around 50 per cent less.

Curtain airbag inflators are now positioned in the centre pillars, deploying more effectively, with a weight reduction of around 15 per cent.


Forester has a brake pedal retract mechanism, reducing lower limb injury in heavy frontal collisions.


Forester's steering column features a collapse mechanism between the lower and middle jackets, preventing the steering wheel from being thrust backwards when the engine moves rearwards in heavy frontal collisions.

A detachment mechanism between the vehicle body and tilt bracket minimizes impact between the steering wheel, column and the driver in heavy frontal collisions.


All Foresters feature VDC, with vehicle behaviour constantly monitored, including the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), engine and Limited Slip Differential via the Traction Control System (TCS). VDC can use the engine and brakes to prevent side slip and achieve a high degree of stability.

Control logic is added to VDC for use in danger avoidance situations.

"OFF" mode allows VDC engine control and torque reduction to be cancelled when driving on snow and sludgy surfaces.

VDC can be monitored on the MFD, informing the driver of its status and helping enhance safety.


All Foresters have four-wheel disc brakes, with a stiffer, more responsive system, producing high levels of braking torque.

Rolling resistance of the tyres is reduced for better fuel efficiency, while braking performance is almost identical on wet and dry surfaces.

A shorter brake hose combines with low expansion material to produce less pressure loss and a stiffer, more responsive feel.


Brake assist now forms part of the VDC system. It assesses the need for braking based on both the braking force and speed with which the pedal is depressed.

This means that even if the pedal is depressed only slightly, brake assist operates based on braking speed, equating to greater safety.


A control is added that gives priority to the brake, should the accelerator and brake be accidentally pressed simultaneously.


Forester features remote-control keys with visual cues from the indicator lights.

For Forester 2.5i-S and 2.0D-S with keyless access, four Electronic Control Units are integrated into one, operating vehicle lock/unlock and push button start while saving weight.


FORESTER 2.0i AND 2.0i-L:


  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs (ventilated front, solid rear), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points
  • Curtain airbags - full length (front and rear)
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual side airbags
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Front adjustable seatbelt anchorage
  • Height adjustable seatbelt anchors
  • Rear door child lock
  • Reversing camera
  • Safety pedals - shock absorbing brake and clutch pedals
  • Seatbelt indicator lights - all seats
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Three-point A/ELR rear centre seatbelt
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control


  • AM/FM radio, single in-dash CD, MP3/WMA compatible, six speakers - steering wheel controls
  • Auto Stop Start
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Bottle holders in each door + two cup holders in centre consoles
  • Cargo area light
  • Cargo hooks (four)
  • Cargo security blind
  • Central locking - remote
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • Cruise control - steering wheel buttons
  • Driver's footrest
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Luggage hooks (four)
  • Luminescent gauges
  • Map lights (2)
  • Overhead console
  • Multi-Function Display
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Rear seat centre armrest
  • Rear seat recline
  • Remote fuel lid release - tethered fuel cap
  • Seatback pockets
  • Security blind
  • Steering wheel audio, phone, cruise and MFD controls
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • USB connection
  • Vanity mirror
  • 60/40 split/fold rear seat
  • 12V/120W power jacks (three)


  • 17-inch steel wheels - full size spare
  • Chrome-highlight grille
  • Rear roof mounted radio antenna
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof rails


  • Auto hatch unlock on key
  • DataDot security technology
  • Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
  • Manual six-speed gearbox
  • SI-Drive (2.0i-L)
  • Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty
  • 2.0 litre DOHC horizontally opposed Boxer engine produces 110 Kilowatts of power at 6200 rpm and 198 Newtonmetres of torque at 4200 rpm.



  • Automatic transmission lock-out - need foot on brake, key in ignition "on" position, to release lever
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • X-Mode
  • 2.5 litre DOHC horizontally opposed boxer engine. 126 kW/5800 rpm, 235 Nm/4100 rpm
  • Chrome-type inner door handles
  • Colour-coded door mirrors with indicators
  • EyeSight+óGÇP-ó - optional
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather steering wheel and gearshift
  • Paddleshift Lineartronic+óGÇP-ó Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Privacy glass - rear, rear quarter, tailgate
  • SI-Drive - two modes (Intelligent and Sport)
  • Sliding centre console
  • 17-inch alloy wheels


  • Automatic cargo door
  • Eight-way adjustable power driver's seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • EyeSight+óGÇP-ó
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Heated fronts seats and door mirrors
  • Leather trim, including steering wheel and gearshift
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Satellite navigation - factory-fitted
  • Self-levelling dusk-sensing Xenon headlights with pop-up washers
  • Smart key and push button start
  • 18-inch alloy wheels


  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • 2.0 litre DOHC turbocharged horizontally opposed diesel Boxer engine. 108 kW/3600 rpm, 350 Nm/1600-2400 rpm


  • Chrome-type inner door handles
  • Colour-coded door mirrors with indicators
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather steering wheel and gear shift
  • Privacy glass - rear passenger doors, rear quarter, rear windscreen
  • Tail pipe cover
  • Upgraded instrument cluster


  • Automatic cargo door
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Heated front seats and door mirror
  • Leather trim
  • Powered driver and front passenger seat (eight-way adjustable)
  • Raining sensing front wipers
  • Satellite navigation - factory-fitted
  • Self-levelling dusk-sensing Xenon headlights with pop-up washers
  • Smart key and push button start
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

EyeSight (2.0i-L)

\*Depending upon the software in individual mobile telephones.



  • Comprehensive specification


  • Stunning new design - powerful, sophisticated appearance with sleek silhouette
  • Aerodynamic efficiency - Cd of just 0.33


  • Soft-touch high-quality interior trim - new refinement level
  • Automatic cargo door on premium variants
  • Larger cabin with innovative features for greater practicality and comfort
  • Multi-Function Display - wealth of information at fingertips
  • Significant improvements in NVH


  • Auto Stop Start - major contributor to economy
  • All engines more fuel efficient - up to 22.6 per cent
  • All engines meet strict EURO5 emission standard
  • Lineartronic+óGÇP-ó CVT automatic transmission - ultra efficient and quiet
  • Forester 2.0i and 2.0i-L six-speed manual
  • SI-Drive - matches driving style to Forester's performance
  • New generation Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive for automatic Foresters
  • Stronger, more responsive suspension


  • X-Mode - confidence and control on difficult terrain in auto Foresters
  • EyeSight+óGÇP-ó - award-winning driver assist system debuts in premium Foresters
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control across the range
  • Dual front, side, curtain and driver's knee airbags
  • Ring-shaped reinforcements around the cabin
  • Stiffer more responsive brakes

Forester 2.0i and 2.0i-L manual: Type
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque Forester 2.5i, 2.5i-L and 2.5i-S auto: Type
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque Forester 2.0D, 2.0D-L and 2.0D-S: Type
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque
Horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated
1995 cc
84.0 x 90.0
Multi Point Sequential Injection
110 kW/6200 rpm
198 Nm/4200 rpm Horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated
2498 cc
94.0 x 90.0
Multi Point Sequential Injection
126 kW/5800 rpm
235 Nm/4100 rpm Horizontally opposed
1998 cc
86.0 mm x 86.0 mm
Common rail direct injection
108 kW/3600 rpm
350 Nm/1600-2400 rpm


2.0i & 2.0i-L - MANUAL 2.0 DIESELS - MANUAL 2.5 CVT - AUTO
First 3.818 3.454 3.581
Second 1.947 1.888 Continuously variable
Third 1.296 1.062 Continuously variable
Fourth 1.029 0.785 Continuously variable
Fifth 0.825 0.634 Continuously variable
Sixth 0.738 0.557 0.618
Reverse 4.072 3.636 3.667
Final reduction 4.444 4.444 3.900


Overall length mm 4595
Overall width mm 1795
Overall height mm 1735
Wheelbase mm 2640
Tread - front mm 1545
Tread - rear mm 1550
Min. ground clearance mm 220
Kerb weight kg:
2.0i manual
2.0i-L manual
2.5i automatic
2.5i-L automatic
2.5i-S automatic
2.0D manual
2.0D-L manual
2.0D-S manual


Fuel consumption (L/100km) combined:
Forester 2.0i, 2.0i-L manual
Forester 2.5i, 2.5i-L, 2.5i-S auto
Forester 2.0D, 2.0D-L, 2.0D-S manual

Carbondioxide (g/km):
Forester 2.0i, 2.0i-L manual
Forester 2.5i, 2.5i-L, 2.5i-S auto
Forester 2.0D, 2.0D-L, 2.0D-S manual

Fuel tank capacity 60 litres
Recommended fuel specification:
Forester normally aspirated
Forester diesel

90 to 98 RON


Steering Electric power steering
Turning circle (kerb-to-kerb - metres) 10.6
Turning radius 5.3

McPherson strut-type independent
Double wishbone independent

Vacuum assisted ventilated discs
Vacuum assisted discs (2.0D-L and 2.0D-S: ventilated discs)
Forester 2.0i, 2.0i-L, 2.5i,
2.5i-L, 2.0D, 2.0D-L
2.5i-S, 2.0D-S

Yokohama 225/60 R17 99H
Bridgestone 225/55 R18 98H
Forester 2.0i, 2.5i
2.0i-L, 2.5i-L, 2.0D, 2.0D-L
2.5i-S, 2.0D-S

17-inch steel
17-inch alloy
18-inch alloy
Towing capacity (kg):
Forester 2.0i, 2.0i-L, 2.5i,
2.5i-L, 2.5i-S
Forester 2.0D, 2.0D-L, 2.0D-S Maximum towball download:
Forester 2.0i, 2.0i-L , 2.5i,
2.5i-L, 2.5i-S
Forester 2.0D, 2.0D-L, 2.0D-S

1500 with brakes, 750 without brakes
1800 with brakes, 750 without brakes


For further information, contact:

David Rowley
National Corporate Affairs Manager
Subaru Australia
Telephone: (02) 8892 9853
Mobile: 0418 237 252
Fax: (02) 8892 9121
E-mail: david.rowley@subaru.com.au