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Subaru introduces Forester 2.5X AWD

Forester special edition alters infotainment specification at same price as 2.5i AWD

1 Nov 2022

SUBARU has added a new special edition Forester 2.5X AWD variant to its MY23 range that appears to have been commissioned to help overcome supply chain constraints and get more cars into the country, with initial deliveries expected to commence in time for Christmas.


It is based upon the entry-level Forester mid-size SUV but with what Subaru says are “some exclusive entertainment differences,” likely as a result of the global microprocessor shortage that has hampered Forester supply particularly badly with sales down 20.2 per cent to the end of September this year.


The variant – which is identically priced to the base Forester 2.5i AWD at $37,890 plus on-road costs – features an Alpine-sourced 7.0-inch multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a single USB-A port and no CD player but is otherwise identical to the derivative model.


Regular Forester 2.5i AWD variants feature a larger 8.0-inch infotainment system but with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, integration with the driver’s multi-information display, a single CD player, over-the-air (OTA) update capability and two USB-A outlets.


Apart from the smaller display, loss of one USB port, lack of CD player, no OTA function and reduced integration with other vehicle functions, the new Alpine system includes pre-existing Forester 2.5i AWD features such as AM/FM radio, DAB+ digital radio reception, an auxiliary audio input jack, Siri voice assistant compatibility and six-speaker sound.


Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming also carry over but without integration to the Forester’s multi-information display.


The Forester 2.5X AWD continues to be offered with the same primary, active, preventative and protective safety technology available in the 2.5i AWD and is likewise available in six exterior colours: Crystal White, Ice Silver, Horizon Blue, Magnetite Grey, Crimson Red and Brilliant Bronze.


The Forester range remains powered by the choice of a 2.5-litre horizontally-opposed four-cylinder petrol engine developing 136kW/239Nm or, in higher-grade variants, a mild-hybrid 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed four-cylinder petrol engine with 12.3kW/66Nm electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack providing total system power of 110kW/196Nm.


Both engines are paired exclusively to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), with respective Combined fuel consumption ratings of 7.4 litres per 100km and 6.7L/100km.


The Forester line-up, which was updated in mid-2021, sees the vehicle grow slightly to 4640mm in length (+15mm), while weight has increased by up to 3kg depending on variant. 


Petrol-powered variants continue to offer a braked towing capacity of 1800kg while hybrid models can tow up to 1200kg.


“Subaru Forester is one of our most popular high-volume vehicles, with Australians opting to own this car due to its all-around capability, excellent visibility, comfort and reliable drivability,” said Subaru Australia managing director Blair Read.


“We’re delighted to bring the Subaru Forester 2.5X AWD to the Australian market and offer another great choice for Subaru customers.”

2022 (MY23) Subaru Forester pricing*:


2.5i AWD (a)



2.5X AWD (a)


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2.5i-L AWD (a)



2.5i Premium AWD (a)



2.5i Sport AWD (a)



2.5i-S AWD (a)



2.0 Hybrid L AWD (a)



2.0 Hybrid S AWD (a)




*Pricing excludes on-road costs.

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