Remember the 2015 Subaru Forester model year update announced last month? It’s now touched down in Australia, bringing decent price drops and a new automatic option for diesel buyers.
Starting with the interior updates, the MY2015 Forester comes with an all-new infotainment interface with touch-screen operation and flick and pinch functions. The system is enhanced with satellite navigation as standard on the 2.5i-S, 2.0D-S and XT Premium variants.
Subaru has improved the quality and materials inside as well, with new centre panel controls, air vents, steering wheel, and silver and piano black trimmings. Heater control dials have also been updated to silver, while sat-nav buttons on the steering wheel on respective variants are changed to suit the new interface.
Mechanically, the MY15 Forester is available with four different engines including a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol producing 110kW and 198kW, a 2.5-litre petrol producing 126kW and 235Nm, a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel developing 108kW and 350Nm, and a 2.0-litre turbo producing 177kW and 350Nm for the XT.
For the first time, a Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission has been added to the 2.0D diesel range, offering a combined cycle fuel economy of 6.3L/100km for the D-L and 6.4L/100km for the D-S. The manual diesel is rated at 5.9L/100km for both variants.
To top it all off, prices have been slashed by up to $3500 for the new range. Both the 2.5i-S auto and 2.0D-S manual are $3500 cheaper, while the XT versions see the smallest drop of $1500. See below for the new price list including changes (excludes on-road costs):
2015 Subaru Forester 2.0i-L manual – $29,990 (down $2500)
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i-L auto – $32,990 (down $2000)
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S auto – $39,490 (down $3500)
2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-L manual – $33,490 (down $3000)
2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-L auto – $35,490 (new model)
2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S manual – $39,490 (down $3500)
2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S auto – $42,490 (new model)
2015 Subaru Forester 2.0XT auto – $40,990 (down $1500)
2015 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium auto – $47,990 (down $1500)