Subaru's fourth-generation All-Wheel-Drive Forester has gone on sale in Japan with an impressive list of new features that build on its long-established reputation for value, safety, great engineering and fun driving.
Due to debut in New Zealand early in 2013, the new Forester's features include a revised four-wheel-drive system - X-Mode - on auto models, offering confidence and control on difficult terrain, for even better rough-road performance.
Auto Stop Start, a major contributor to improved fuel economy, will be fitted to all normally aspirated petrol Foresters.
Subaru's award-winning EyeSight driver-assist safety technology will be offered on top models. SI-Drive, which matches performance to driving style, will also be available on some models, offering three different driving modes for better fuel consumption and performance.
The latest-generation Boxer engines, which were introduced for the 2012 model year, have more significant improvements in fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
The new-generation Lineartronic Continuously Variable transmission will feature on all auto Foresters and a six-speed manual gearbox is being introduced to the entry-level version.
There is refined cabin comfort with soft-touch surfaces and greater field of vision for added safety. A multi-function display provides a wealth of information at the driver's fingertips.
The rear door has auto opening and closing, a first for Subaru.
"The 2013 Forester is an incredibly strong package from any perspective, whether style, features, safety or engineering," says Wallis Dumper, Subaru New Zealand managing director.
"It builds impressively on Forester's core values. And it retains its exclusive All-Wheel-Drive ability, making it ideal for customers who value their recreational and lifestyle choices."
The new Forester will draw on the theme of smarter, safer, further - smarter, thanks to a wide array of new technology; safer, in line with Subaru's long-term commitment to occupant protection; and further, thanks to a wide range of engine and transmission efficiencies and its ability to traverse all roads.