2018 Subaru Forester Black Edition announced in U.S.

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.

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.