The new Subaru Forester has just gone on sale in NZ, featuring fresh looks and new engines
The 2011 Subaru Forester features a new-look grille, a darker finish inside, and more colour options.
XS models and above have wing mirrors with integrated indicators, and reversing cameras. XS and XSL variants feature a new design 17-inch alloy wheel, while XT has a more aerodynamic rear roof spoiler.
Foresters with cloth trim offer an upgraded more water resistant material.
The Forester is also significant for introducing the third generation Boxer engine, combined with All Wheel Drive.
The new 2.5-litre naturally aspirated motor (FB series), replaces the EJ series engine which first came about when Subaru introduced its Legacy range in 1989.
Subaru says it offers improved low-end torque and throttle response, increased by six Newton metres to 235Nm at 4100rpm, while refinement, NVH and drivability are also enhanced.
Emissions of the automatic transmission NA engine are reduced from 227g/km to 220g/km.
It produces 126kW of power at 5800rpm.
Every Forester features an independent five-star crashworthiness rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) for petrol variants and European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) for diesel variants.
Two new colours, sky blue and marine blue, have also been added.
Changes are introduced in the four-speed automatic transmission used in Forester X and XS, including new design drive plate and crankshaft bolts, that connect the engine crankshaft and torque convertor; new anti-pitching bracket (same as that used in turbo models); ABS wheel speed signal for a streamlined system V replaces rear wheel rotation sensor; special TCU and gear change control
All Forester automatic transmissions include Adaptive Control.
Manual Foresters feature a five-speed transmission.
See the Subaru Forester for sale.