Subaru has announced the introduction of much more powerful Subaru Forester in March 2021.
“It’s been 24 years since the first Subaru Forester defined what the world now refers to as the modern day SUV. It was a defining moment in the brand’s illustrious history, opening up a chapter that would see the Forester become the best-selling model in the company’s line-up.”
Two variants will be introduced. A Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport ES.
“The introduction of the 2.5-litre and the Sport models to the line-up is so important for us as a brand, because it gives our customers more options and a more personalised experience,” says Nteo Nkoli, marketing lead for Subaru SA.
“2021 Subaru Forester models will be offered with a new 2.5-litre direct injection Subaru Boxer engine with Lineartronic CVT and a Start/Stop system. The 2.5-litre delivers 136kW of power, an additional 21kW over the 2.0-litre engine. Maximum torque is 239Nm derived from this higher capacity engine, an increase of 43Nm over the 2.0-litre.
Subaru is quick to assure buyers that, despite the increase in power, the new engine will still deliver impressive fuel consumption figures of 7.6l/100km on the combined cycle.
Water Repellent cloth seats, offered in the Sport derivative, is a first in South Africa.
Nkoli says, “The Forester Sport is a reflection of the adventurous ethos at Subaru and it certainly enhances the line-up with its sporty character.”
The 2021 Forester 2.5i-S ES version is set apart from the 2.0-litre model with revised 18-inch alloy wheels.
Subaru’s award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist System is also fitted on the updated Subaru Forester 2.5i-Sport ES and the 2.5i-S ES models. The system makes use of camera-based detection technology and integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure, and Sway Warning and Lane Keep Assist.
Standard symmetrical all-wheel drive with X-Mode is part and parcel of the Subaru package.
Each Subaru Forester model is sold with a 3yr/75 000km maintenance plan as well as the 5 year/150 000km warranty.