Subaru Forester

New York Auto Show: Subaru Forester

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Fifth-generation Subaru Forester new from the ground up and it can even recognise you…

Subaru has unveiled the all-new fifth-generation Subaru Forester at the New York Auto Show. The new Forester shares the same Subaru Global Platform (SGP) that underpins the new Impreza and XV and we’ve lauded for comfort and refinement.

Key technological upgrades include Driver Monitoring System (DMS), which can not only detect if the driver is becoming drowsy and recommend they take a break, but can automatically adjust seat, mirror and air conditioning settings when the driver enters the vehicle.

There’s also an emergency reverse braking system that slams on the brakes should the car think you’ll back into someone or something. There are also seven airbags and Subaru’s EyeSight system, as well as something that prepares the car if it thinks something will plough into the back of it.

Cabin space for all passengers has been improved, and there’s a new 8inch infotainment touchscreen with better Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and USB ports for front and rear passengers.

Under the bonnet, the Forest range is powered by Subaru’s 2.5 litre horizontally opposed Boxer four, and Subaru says the engine has been thoroughly revised, with 90 per cent of the components being new.

That engine is mated to either an all-new seven-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission that send power to all four wheels. Naturally.

That all-wheel drive system benefits from an updated X-Mode for those who fancy some light off-roading. They’ve also tinkered with SI Drive, and sports mode in some models allows for sharper gear shifts and acceleration.

Prices and specifications for Australian bound Foresters will be announced in the second half of 2018, with cars expected to arrive in showrooms from September.



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