2018 Subaru Forester Black Edition announced in U.S.

May 19, 2017

Subaru of America has announced a sporty Black Edition version of the latest Forester, coinciding with the launch of the 2018 model.

For the 2018 model year Subaru has applied a new front bumper bar cover and hexagonal grille, with trademark C-shaped headlights. Rear combination lights also showcase C-shaped innards, with LED technology.

The Black Edition is based on the 2.5i Premium, equipped with the CVT automatic. It does come with paddle shifters and a six-speed manual mode pattern, previously only available on the 2.0T XT variant.

On the outside there’s some unique 18-inch alloy wheels painted in black, black fog light surrounds, black badges and side mirrors, and black front grille trimmings. All of these dark highlights give the Forester a cool, sinister look.

Subaru is offering the Black Edition in four colours, including Crystal Black Silica, Dark Grey Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, and Ice Silver Metallic. The lighter colours obviously set off an attractive contrast effect.

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As standard all 2018 variants come with Subaru’s StarLink infotainment system, with full smartphone pairing. The 2.5i base models get a 6.2-inch screen while the upper variants get a 7.0-inch unit. Prices in the U.S. start from US$22,795.

Subaru Australia is yet to announce details of the model update, but we anticipate an on-sale date within a few months.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.