Update: Subaru Forester Diesel Review
Well you've all asked for it and Subrau has listened, after the success of the Subaru Outback Diesel, the Japanese giant has decided to add diesel to the one of the best SUVs on the market. The Subaru Forester will soon be available with the world's first boxer diesel engine.
The Subaru Forester diesel range will consist of two variants, Forester 2.0D and 2.0D Premium. Both variants will be available in early June.
The traditionally symmetrical all-wheel drive Forester diesel will increase the appeal of the company's SUV range by attracting a whole new range of buyers.
“Given the level of customer enquiry so far, we anticipate substantial demand for Forester diesels. We expect supply to be quite tight and on that basis our network is now taking orders, to avoid customer disappointment. We thank customers for their patience and based on the huge response we’ve had to our Outback diesels, we’re gearing up for significant orders.” Nick Senior, Subaru Managing Director, said:
The Subaru Forester Diesel's 2.0-litre turbocharged engine will pump out 110 Kilowatts of power at 3600 rpm and 350 Newtonmetres of torque between 1800 and 2400 rpm.
Unfortunately the Forester diesel suffers the same issue as the Outback diesel, being only available with a six-speed manual transmission.
The entry model in to the Subaru Forester diesel range will come standard with cloth trim, 16-inch alloy wheels, leather gear shift, front fog lights, climate control air conditioning, self-levelling rear suspension, a flip-out rear tray and colour-coordinated door handles.
Those going for the range-topper Forester 2.0D Premium will gain 17-inch alloy wheels, leather trim, power driver’s seat, upgraded audio, HID headlights and a sunroof.
As with the entire Subaru range, the Forester Diesel will carry a five-star crashworthiness rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
Part of that safety system includes standard vehicle dynamics control, stability system plus dual front, side and curtain airbags.
Subaru Australia is yet to announce pricing but we suspect it will incur a $2,000 premium over the equivelant petrol variant.