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by Tim Beissmann

The introduction of a long-awaited diesel CVT drivetrain headlines the changes to the 2015 Subaru Forester range, which goes on sale across Australia today.

The Forester diesel CVT is available in two specification levels: the 2.0D-L at $35,490 plus on-road costs, and the 2.0D-S at $42,490.

Subaru Australia has cut the price of other variants in the 2015 Forester range by between $1500 and $3500. The cuts come on top of January’s reduction of $1000 across the range as a result of Australia’s free trade agreement with Japan.

Subaru has axed the entry-level 2.0i and 2.5i variants from the updated line-up, meaning the range now starts $1000 higher than before, though at $29,990, the Forester 2.0i-L manual is $2500 cheaper than before.

MY15 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S

All variants benefit from a new infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen that recognises smartphone-style flick, pinch and double-tap actions. Pandora internet radio integration also features across the line-up.

The 2015 Forester’s enhanced voice recognition system now understands phrase- and dialogue-based commands, allowing drivers to specify navigation destinations by speaking the address, directly select call recipients or search for them by spoken phrase, and understand spoken song titles without specifying the artist name.

Subaru also claims to have paid extra attention to detail inside the cabin, with the centre panel controls, steering wheel and air vents all getting fresh finishes. New piano black surfaces and silver accents also feature across the updated dashboard.

All CVT Foresters get a new transmission control unit, and Subaru claims the updates result in less noise and better response.

Refinements to the diesel engine add to its efficiency, while every Forester is now compliant with Euro 6 emissions standards.

 

MY15 Subaru Forester 2.0D

2015 Subaru Forester pricing (plus on-road costs):
2.0i-L manual $29,990
2.5i-L auto $32,990
2.5i-S auto $39,490
2.0D-L manual $33,490
2.0D-L auto $35,490
2.0D-S manual $39,490
2.0D-S auto $41,490
2.0XT auto $40,990
2.0XT Premium $47,990

2015 Subaru Forester engines:
2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol
110kW at 6200rpm
198Nm at 4200rpm
7.2L/100km

2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol
126kW at 5800rpm
235Nm at 4100rpm
8.1L/100km

2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
177kW at 5600rpm
350Nm at 2400-3600rpm
8.5L/100km

2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel
108kW at 3600rpm
350Nm at 1600-2400rpm
5.9L/100km (manual), 6.3-6.4L/100km (CVT)

2015 Subaru Forester specifications:
2.0i-L
17-inch alloy wheels (with full-size alloy spare)
Six-speed manual transmission
Seven airbags
Foglights and LED daytime running lights
Roof rails
Reverse-view camera
7.0-inch touchscreen with Pandora compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports
Auto stop-start
Cruise control
Dual-zone climate control
Leather steering wheel and gearshifter

2.5i-L (adds over 2.0i-L):
Auto transmission lock-out (need foot on brake, key in ignition ‘on’ position, to release lever)
Paddleshift CVT
Sliding centre console
X-Mode

2.5i-S (adds over 2.5i-L):
Auto tailgate
Eight-way adjustable electric front seats with heaters
Electric sunroof
EyeSight driver assist with adaptive cruise control
Front wiper de-icer
Heated door mirrors
Auto xenon headlights
Leather trim, including steering wheel and gearshifter
Rain-sensing wipers
Satellite navigation
Smart key with push-button start
18-inch alloy wheels

2.0XT (adds over 2.5i-S, does not include EyeSight or auto stop-start):
Engine cover
Three-mode SI-Drive
Sports pedals
Unique front bumper

2.0XT Premium (adds over 2.0XT):
Auto tailgate
Auto headlights
Satellite navigation
Eight-way adjustable electric front seats with heaters
EyeSight driver assist system
Front wiper de-icer
Eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
Heated door mirrors
Leather trim
Push-button start with smart key entry
Rain-sensing wipers

2.0D-L (adds over 2.0i-L, does not include X-Mode, paddleshift or HID headlights in manual variants; does not include auto stop-start or SI-Drive in any diesel variants):
17-inch alloy wheels

2.0D-S (adds over 2.0D-L):
Auto tailgate
Electric sunroof
Front wiper de-icer
Heated door mirrors
Auto xenon headlights
Leather trim
Push-button start with smart key entry
Eight-way adjustable electric front seats with heaters
Rain-sensing wipers
Satellite navigation
18-inch alloy wheels




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