Sharper prices on MY15 Forester and new diesel auto

Sharper prices on MY15 Forester and new diesel auto

2015-Subaru-Forester-05Subaru’s five model Forester range has been revised for the model 2015 year with sharper pricing across the line-up and a new automatic transmission for the diesel variant.

The manufacturer says there are savings across the entire line-up of between $3000 and $5000 with the 2015 Forester models also incorporating a number of new features. There are no longer any manual transmission models on offer, as all models are now equipped with the Subaru Lineartronic automatic transmission.

The entry level 2.5i is priced at $39,990, a reduction of $5000, the same price decrease as the 2.5i Premium which is now $49,990.

The mid-range 2.5i Sport has come down $3000 to $44,990 while the Forester 2.0 diesel is $46,990, a $3000 reduction on the outgoing manual model, and the turbocharged 2.0 XT Premium is now $54,990, a drop of $5000.

A Subaru Lineartronic transmission has been added to the specification of the Forester 2-litre diesel. Along with less noise and better response, fuel consumption is 5.9l/100km on a combined cycle says the Japanese manufacturer.

All petrol Forester models are equipped automatic stop/start engine technology to save fuel.

Subaru New Zealand managing director Wallis Dumper says the previous strength of the New Zealand dollar against the yen helped Subaru of NZ with pricing from the factory in Japan.

“Since it was introduced in 1997, this Forester model range, which is now in its fourth generation, reinforces our relevance in the NZ market. Situated in size between the Outback and the compact XV, Forester showcases Subaru’s capability and authenticity,” he says.

A revised interior trim and exterior features also add freshness to Forester’s appeal.

It has the same new infotainment system (with a 7 inch screen) as the recently launched Outback. Both Premium models add Satellite Navigation.

There is a one touch lane changer, the heater controls and air vent designs changed while a Shark fin antenna is now standard across the range.

All models have day time running lamps which stay on during the day for safety then automatically switch off when the vehicle stops.

Helping Forester drivers out in the steeper stuff is the X-Mode all wheel drive assist system, which is standard on all models.

The Forester’s off-road capability is enhanced by its 220 mm ground clearance. It has a five star ANCAP safety rating courtesy of its seven airbags, VDC (vehicle dynamic control), and rigid passenger safety cell.

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