Matching the Outback’s performance, the turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0D Boxer engine produces 108kW and 350Nm of torque, while consuming 6.4 litres/100km combined cycle and emitting 168g/km CO2, meeting Euro V standards.
Braked towing capacity is up 200kg from the naturally aspirated petrol models to 1600kg, and 300Nm of the engine’s torque is available from as low as 1600rpm.
Subaru Australia managing director, Nick Senior, said the decision to introduce a second diesel model to the local market was an obvious one.
“The Outback has exceeded our expectations and early demand for the Forester suggests it will follow suit.“Outstanding economy, the potential for a 1000km plus range, great engine flexibility and Forester’s traditionally strong retained value are the hallmarks of this vehicle,” Mr Senior said.
Like the Outback, the diesel-powered Forester features a six-speed manual transmission which Subaru says optimises fuel efficiency, improves drivability and reduced ride noise at higher speeds.
And like the Outback, it will be offered in two variants: 2.0D and 2.0D Premium.
The 2.0D includes features such as electronic stability control, Hill Start Assist, six airbags, active headrests, shock absorbing brake and clutch pedals, front fog lights, four-speaker CD/MP3/iPod compatible stereo, climate control, 16in alloy wheels, chrome grille and DataDot security technology.
The 2.0D Premium adds privacy glass, seven-speaker six-stack CD player with subwoofer, 17in alloy wheels with full size alloy spare, eight-way adjustable power driver’s seat, leather trim, sunroof, xenon headlamps and seat-back pockets.
The Forester is currently the most popular vehicle in the Compact SUV segment, holding a 13.8 percent market share after selling 4704 in the first four months of the year.
The Subaru Forester diesel is on sale now and is priced from $35,990* for the 2.0D and $39,990* for the 2.0D Premium.
*Manufacturer’s List Pricing includes GST but excludes dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges.
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