2021 Subaru Forester update adds 2.5i Sport variant

September 16, 2020

Subaru Australia is spicing up the Forester range for the 2021 model year, today confirming it will be introducing a new 2.5i Sport variant next month.

The 2021 Subaru Forster 2.5i Sport features the existing 2.5-litre naturally aspirated flat-four petrol engine, producing 136kW and 239Nm. It’s connected up to a CVT automatic transmission, with power of course sent through the company’s renowned symmetrical all-wheel drive system.

As the name suggests, the Sport variant adds some sporty details. For the exterior there’s a set of unique 18-inch alloy wheels with a dark metallic finish, a black front grille, darkened fog light surrounds, some black garnishes around at the back, while orange is used to highlight areas of the body skirting.

Inside, passengers are treated to a special water repellent grey cloth trim, piano black trimmings, and chrome for the power window switches, while orange is used for the stitching and highlights on the dash and centre console. Subaru’s latest 8.0-inch touch-screen media interface resides on the dash. Subaru Australia managing director, Christian Dinsdale, said:

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“We are delighted to offer even more choice in the Forester range. 2.5i Sport AWD is the third variant we have added to the initial four offerings in the current generation and it’s an eye-catching and practical wagon that only enhances Forester’s customer appeal.”


As for the MY2021 update, only a few things have been updated, remembering Subaru only launched the current, fifth-generation Forester in 2018, with the Forester hybrid coming in earlier this year. All models introduce a revised headlight design which uses a darkened area around the main bulb, while auto door lock/unlock and Collision Detection Unlock are now fitted as standard.

The 2021 Subaru Forster 2.5i Sport goes on sale in Australia in October, priced from $41,990 (excluding on-road costs).

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. 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.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.