Subaru has launched its Model Year 2016 All-Wheel Drive Forester range with a refined yet robust new look, quieter more comfortable cabin and upgraded instruments.

Suspension upgrades aiding stability, plus Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) improvements, underline Forester’s status as Subaru’s best-selling Sports Utility Vehicle in Australia.

Forester’s fresh face is reflected in the new front bumper (excluding 2.0XT), grille, headlights, plus – in range-topping variants – fog light surrounds.

Distinctive new tail lights also add to the visual appeal.

Forester 2.5i-S and 2.0XT variants add Steering Responsive Headlights.

Interior details include driver’s seat memory function in premium variants and Siri compatibility across the range.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior, said: “With this latest list of enhancements Forester will maintain its appeal as the flexible, fun family wagon that stands out as having genuine All-Wheel Drive credentials in a crowd of two-wheel drive triers.

“Forester’s multi award-winning status over nearly 19 years is clear proof of its ongoing appeal.

“Its track record for refined yet durable packaging, five-star safety, high grade engineering and rock-solid retained value speaks volumes.

“You only have to see the number of first generation Foresters still on road to understand why this model’s credentials are top-of-class.”

EXTERIOR
Forester’s robust on-road presence has evolved with refinements to the front and rear.

The exterior design expresses Sports Utility Vehicle power and character, combined with cutting-edge technology.

The classic Subaru hexagonal grille is revised, together with the re-profiled front bumper on Forester 2.0i-L, 2.5i-L, 2.5i-S and diesel variants, along with fog light surrounds (other than Forester 2.0i-L).
Steering Responsive LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights are new on Forester 2.5i-S and 2.0XT variants, while all MY16 Foresters feature new LED combination rear lights.

Also distinguishing the new model year are fresh design 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels, which offer aerodynamic benefits too.

A new colour in the range is Sepia Bronze Metallic.

HEADLIGHTS
The high grade headlights in Forester 2.5i-S, XT and XT Premium have compact, high-performance LED projector units, with optimum light distribution. Integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), with a slitted C-shaped motif, provide hawk-eyed forward visibility along with a wide angle.

REAR COMBINATION LIGHTS
Forester’s new rear combination lights have a three-dimensional C-shaped motif, matching the headlights. The clear stop light consists of an LED that is lit in red-only while the lights are activated.

INTERIOR
The interior design features typical Forester functionality, combined with a high quality, refined feel.

The overall design of the instrument panel is clean, with a silver frame and high gloss black decorative panel in range-topping variants.

The most touched parts, such as door grips and the central pillars of the instrument panel, are wrapped in well-textured material for a high-grade design.

The driver’s instrument panel has a colour LCD multi-information display for excellent visibility.

A silver frame is incorporated into the spoke section of the steering wheel for a powerful yet functional design.

Seat fabric in entry-level variants has a stronger contrast for greater visual appeal.

In leather trim Foresters, quilting is added to the door arm rest, for added visual appeal, while the seats use thicker underside cushioning for greater comfort and support.

The hand brake lever grip button now has chrome-type finish.

INSTRUMENT PANEL
Cushioning is added to both ends of the instrument panel, together with the volume of sealer, benefitting NVH.

In Forester variants with factory-fitted satellite navigation, the reversing camera guide lines now display more quickly when “R” is selected.

A light is also added to each vanity mirror (with the exception of Forester 2.0i).

The Multi-Function Display (MFD) switch is moved from the steering wheel to the centre dashboard panel for easy operation from both driver and passenger seat, for greater convenience. Screen design is upgraded, making it easier to understand the link between switch operations and screen displays.

TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY
Aerodynamic performance is refined via several measures, including the shape of the engine under-cover and reduced air resistance from the new pattern alloy wheels.

In Forester 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre normally aspirated variants, a cover is added to the engine oil removal hole, for improved aerodynamic performance.

STEERING RESPONSIVE HEADLIGHT (SRH)
On Forester 2.5i-S and 2.0XT variants, the optical axes of the headlamps are moved left or right according to steering operation on corners and intersections, illuminating the direction in which the vehicle is travelling, improving visibility at night. The headlights have a swivel actuator to move the optical axes.

SI-DRIVE
In Forester 2.0XT and XT Premium, control functions of each SI-Drive mode are changed for more responsive driving. Auto stepped speed control is adopted in I and S modes, for direct acceleration with a sporty feel. In S# mode, cross ratio has been used with eight-step speed control, for easier use of power bands.

The new speed control system means speed is continuously variable at low throttle angles, when driving in the D range. But it changes to step control at high throttle angles, making the most of the CVT benefits. This keeps the engine speed from peaking during strong acceleration, such as when merging on a motorway. The speed control raises the integration between increased vehicle speed and engine operating sound, for a more pleasant feel during acceleration.

NOISE, VIBRATION AND HARSHNESS (NVH)
Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) estimates a reduction in Forester cabin noise of approximately 5.0 per cent, compared to the previous model year.

Vibration and noise are reduced through a variety of measures including thicker door window glass.

Body structure is also strategically revised, while damping and sound absorbing materials are strengthened, making Forester significantly quieter and more comfortable.

Door seal structure is changed to reduce wind noise.

Front partition glass and front door glass thickness is increased from 3.5 mm to 4.0 mm, while rear door glass is increased from 3.1 mm to 3.5 mm.

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING (EPS)
Control logic is added to the EPS for when the engine is switched off. This ensures steering control if the engine is accidentally turned off while driving. EPS continues to operate for a period of time, set according to the vehicle speed.

VEHICLE DYNAMICS CONTROL
Driving stability and ride comfort are improved in Forester 2.0XT Premium. When understeer is detected during turning, VDC applies the brake on the inner side of the vehicle (both front and rear wheels), while delivering a relative increase in driving power to the outer side, improving turn performance.

SUSPENSION
Driving stability and ride comfort is improved through suspension innovations including a new steering gear box, developed to improve feel. Steering wheel angle is also reduced, for improved handling.

Steering vibration is also reduced – and the time until it subsides is shortened.

In Forester 2.0XT Premium, Active Torque Vectoring is adopted, improving tracing of road curves.

Across the Forester range, the balance between ride comfort and driving stability is improved.

Friction of the front strut and rear shock absorbers is optimized, while operational efficiency of rear shock absorbers and stabilizers is improved.

Damping force is changed in front struts and rear shock absorbers, while the spring constant of front and rear coil springs is also changed.

Vehicle responsiveness during steering is improved, with rigidity of front suspension cross member optimized, together with the spring constant of rear suspension bushes.

Stability during straight driving is enhanced too, with rear wheel suspension alignment revised, with tread, camber angle and toe-in volume all changed.

Weld length is extended in the front cross member.

The attachment point on the rear stabilizer link is changed to improve operational efficiency.

Trailing link bush spring constant is changed too.

Also enhancing handling and steering feel, the gear ratio is now quicker at 14:1 (previously 15.5:1).

FORESTER MY16 RANGE PRICING

*Prices are Subaru (Aust) Pty Limited’s Manufacturer’s List Prices only and include GST on the list price but exclude dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges. For the actual drive away price of Subaru vehicles consumers should be advised to contact their local authorized Subaru dealer.

VARIANT                                                                               MLP   

Forester 2.0i-L manual                                                            $29,990
Forester 2.5i-L auto                                                                 $32,990
Forester 2.5i-S auto                                                                $39,490

Forester 2.0D-L manual                                                          $33,490
Forester 2.0D-L auto                                                               $35,490
Forester 2.0D-S manual                                                         $39,490
Forester 2.0D-S auto                                                              $41,490

Forester 2.0XT auto                                                                $40,990
Forester 2.0XT Premium auto                                                $47,990

 

FORESTER MY16 MODEL SPECIFICATIONS AT A GLANCE:

FORESTER 2.0i-L:

SAFETY

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs (ventilated front, solid rear), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points x 3
  • Curtain airbags – full length (front and rear)
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual side airbags
  • Fog lamp integrated daytime running lights
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Front adjustable seatbelt anchorages
  • Height adjustable seatbelt anchors
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorages (two rear seats)
  • 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

INTERIOR

  • 7-inch touchscreen entertainment with Pandora compatibility – 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
  • Chrome-type inner door handles
  • Cruise control – steering wheel buttons
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • Front puddle lamps
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather steering wheel and gearshift
  • Luggage hooks (four)
  • Luminescent gauges
  • Map lights (2)
  • Multi-Function Display
  • Overhead console
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear seat centre armrest
  • Rear seat recline
  • Remote fuel lid release – tethered fuel cap
  • Seatback pockets
  • Security blind
  • Steering wheel audio, phone, cruise and Multi Information Display (MID) controls
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • USB connection x 2
  • Vanity mirror
  • 60/40 split/fold rear seat
  • 12V/120W power jacks (three)

EXTERIOR

  • 17-inch alloy wheels – full size alloy spare
  • Chrome-highlight grille
  • Colour-coded door mirrors with indicators
  • Rear roof mounted sharkfin radio antenna
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof rails

OTHER FEATURES     

  • Auto hatch unlock on key
  • DataDot security technology
  • Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
  • Manual six-speed gearbox
  • SI-Drive (two-mode)
  • 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.

FORESTER 2.5i-L ADDS:

  • Automatic transmission lock-out – need foot on brake, key in ignition “on” position, to release lever
  • Paddleshift Lineartronic™ Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Sliding centre console
  • X-Mode
  • 2.5 litre DOHC horizontally opposed boxer engine. 126 kW/5800 rpm, 235 Nm/4100 rpm

FORESTER 2.5i-S ADDS (TO 2.5i-L SPECIFICATION):

  • Automatic cargo door
  • Eight-way adjustable power driver’s and front passenger seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • EyeSight® driver assist with adaptive cruise control
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Heated fronts seats and door mirrors
  • Steering Responsive LED dusk-sensing headlights with integrated Daytime Running Lights and pop-up washers
  • Leather trim, including steering wheel and gearshift
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Satellite navigation – factory-fitted
  • Smart key and push button start
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

FORESTER 2.0 XT ADDS (does not include EyeSight or Auto Stop Start):

  • Engine cover
  • Three-mode SI-Drive
  • Sports pedals
  • Unique front bumper profile
  • 2.0 litre direct injection turbocharged horizontally opposed Boxer engine produces 177 Kilowatts of power at 5600 rpm and 350 Newtonmetres of torque at 2400-3600 rpm

FORESTER 2.0 XT PREMIUM ADDS:

  • Automatic cargo door
  • Automatic dusk sensing headlights
  • Factory-fitted satellite navigation
  • Eight-way adjustable power driver’s and front passenger seat
  • EyeSight® driver assist system, with steering wheel controls
  • Front wipers with de-icers
  • harman kardon® speaker system – eight speakers
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather trim
  • Push-button start with smart key entry
  • Rain sensing front wipers

FORESTER 2.0D-L (ADDS TO FORESTER 2.0i-L SPECIFICATION. Does not include X-Mode, paddleshift or HID headlights in manual variants; does not include Auto Stop-Start or SI-Drive in any diesel variants):

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

FORESTER 2.0D-S ADDS (TO 2.0D-L SPECIFICATION):

  • Automatic cargo door
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Heated front seats and door mirrors
  • Xenon low-beam dusk-sensing headlights with pop-up washers
  • Leather trim
  • Push-button start with smart key entry
  • Powered driver and front passenger seat (eight-way adjustable)
  • Rain sensing front wipers
  • Satellite navigation – factory-fitted
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

FORESTER MY16 ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

 

Forester 2.0i-L manual:
Type
Cylinders
Displacement
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque

Forester 2.5i-L and 2.5i-S auto:
Type
Cylinders
Displacement
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque

Forester 2.0 XT and XT Premium:

Type
Cylinders
Displacement
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque

Forester 2.0D-L and 2.0D-S:

Type
Cylinders
Displacement
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque

 

Horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated
Four
1995 cc
84.0 x 90.0
10.5:1
DOHC with dual AVCS
Multi Point Sequential Injection
110 kW/6200 rpm
198 Nm/4200 rpm

 

Horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated
Four
2498 cc
94.0 x 90.0
10:1
DOHC with AVCS
Multi Point Sequential Injection
126 kW/5800 rpm
235 Nm/4100 rpm

 

Horizontally opposed, direct injection turbocharged
Four
1998 cc
86.0 x 86.0
10.6:1
DOHC with dual AVCS
Direct injection
177 kW/5600 rpm
350 Nm/2400-3600 rpm

 

Horizontally opposed, turbocharged diesel
Four
1998 cc
86.0 x 86.0
15.2:1
DOHC
Common Rail Direct Injection
108 kW/3600 rpm
350 Nm/1600-2400 rpm

 

TRANSMISSION RATIOS

  2.0i-L – MANUAL 2.0 DIESEL – MANUAL 2.5 CVT – AUTO 2.0 XT CVT – AUTO 2.0 DIESEL – CVT
First 3.818 3.454 3.581 3.505 3.505
Second 1.947 1.888 Continuously variable Continuously variable Continuously variable
Third 1.296 1.062 Continuously variable Continuously variable Continuously variable
Fourth 1.029 0.785 Continuously variable Continuously variable Continuously variable
Fifth 0.825 0.634 Continuously variable Continuously variable Continuously variable
Sixth 0.738 0.557 0.618 0.611 (0.968 in S Sharp # mode) Continuously variable
Seventh S#:  0.785 0.582
Eighth S#: 0.611
Reverse 4.072 3.636 3.667 2.345 2.345
Final reduction 4.444 4.444 3.900 4.111 4.111

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Overall length mm 4610
Overall width mm 1795
Overall height mm 1735
Wheelbase mm 2640
Track – front mm 1545
Track – rear mm 1555
Min. ground clearance mm 220
Kerb weight kg:

2.0i-L manual
2.5i-L automatic
2.5i-S automatic
2.0 XT automatic
2.0 XT Premium automatic
2.0D-L manual
2.0D-S manual
2.0D-L automatic
2.0D-S automatic

 

1500
1530
1567
1643
1657
1571
1588
1635
1643

FUEL

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

7.2
8.1
8.5
5.9
6.3
6.4

Carbondioxide (g/km):

Forester 2.0i-L  manual
Forester 2.5i-L, 2.5i-S auto
Forester XT, XT Premium
Forester 2.0D-L, 2.0D-S manual
Forester 2.0D-L automatic
Forester 2.0D-S automatic   

 

168
187
197
152
163
166

Fuel tank capacity 60 litres
Recommended fuel specification:

Forester normally aspirated
Forester turbocharged petrol
Forester diesel

 

91 RON
95 RON
Diesel

STEERING, BRAKES, TYRES & TOWING

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

Front
Rear

 

McPherson strut-type independent
Double wishbone independent

Brakes:

Front
Rear

 

Vacuum assisted ventilated discs
Vacuum assisted discs (2.0D-L, XT, XT Premium and 2.0D-S: ventilated discs)

Tyres:
Forester 2.0i, 2.0i-L, 2.5i,
2.5i-L, 2.0D, 2.0D-L
2.5i-S, XT, XT Premium, 2.0D-S
 

Yokohama 225/60 R17 99H
Bridgestone 225/55 R18 98H

Rim:

2.0i-L,  2.5i-L, 2.0D-L
2.5i-S,XT, XT Premium,  2.0D-S

 

17-inch alloy
18-inch alloy

Towing capacity (kg):

Forester 2.0i-L, 2.5i-L, 2.5i-S
Forester 2.0D-L, 2.0D-S, XT, XT Premium  

Maximum towball download:

Forester 2.0i-L ,  2.5i-L, 2.5i-S
Forester 2.0D-L, 2.0D-S, XT, XT Premium

 

1500 with brakes, 750 without brakes

1800 with brakes, 750 without brakes

 

150

180

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