Subaru Southern Africa announced the MY2021 Subaru Forester on Friday, February 19. The fresh Forester derivatives pack more power and practicality and come with a host of technological features.
It’s been 24 years since the first Subaru Forester defined what the world now refers to as the modern-day SUV. It was a defining moment in the brand’s illustrious history, opening up a chapter that would see the Forester become the best-selling model in the company’s line-up.
The new 2021 line-up will extend this with the addition of 2 new flagship variants from which to choose. Starting with the new Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport ES CVT, this is an entirely new derivative that brings a refreshing and sporty design to the model line-up. Designed for those seeking a car with practicality and sporty aesthetics, the Forester Sport exudes power and athleticism. The range-topping 2.5i-S ES CVT represents the contemporary Forester SUV, exuding classic Subaru design that brings safety, practicality and adventure to the fore.
“The introduction of the 2.5-litre models and the Sport model to the line-up is so important for us as a brand, because it gives our customers more options and a more personalised experience,” said Nteo Nkoli, Marketing Lead for Subaru SA.
“These long-awaited models are what many of our customers have been asking for, models that suit a particular lifestyle.”
The Power of Freedom: Engine and Dynamic Capability
Subaru is releasing the new 2.5-litre Boxer® Engine along with the fifth-generation Forester. The engine delivers 136kW of power – an increase of 21kW over the smaller 2.0-litre engine – with a maximum torque of 239Nm. The engine is mated to a lightweight Lineartronic CVT paddle-shift transmission.
The Forester also comes equipped with the Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) system that allows the driver to select a driving programme suited to their needs, whether that be efficiency or something more sporty.
The SI-Drive system recalibrates the engine mapping to deliver the driver’s desired output. In Sport mode, the 2.5-litre Forester is capable of going from 0 to 100km/h in 9.3-seconds.
“Despite the increase in power and performance, the 2.5-litre remains as efficient as the 2.0-litre model, delivering impressive fuel consumption figures of 7.6l/100km on the combined cycle. CO2 emissions are 193g/km,” said the manufacturer.
2021 Line-Up pricing
Subaru Forester 2.0i-CVT – R486 000
Subaru Forester 2.0i-S ES CVT – R564 000
Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport ES CVT – R599 000
Subaru Forester 2.5i-S ES CVT – R629 000
Each Subaru Forester model is sold with a 3yr/75 000km Maintenance Plan as well as the 5yr/150 000km Warranty.
Picture/s: Subaru Southern Africa/DNA photographers