Johannesburg - Subaru Southern Africa has announced local pricing for its all-new Forester SUV ahead of it going on sale on December 11.
Three grades are offered, with the Base spec 2.0i kicking off at R429 000, the mid-spec 2.0i-L ES retailing at R469 000 and the high-spec 2.0i-S ES topping the range at R499 000.
As with the latest Impreza, the Forester is based around Subaru’s Global Platform, and promises decent improvements in safety, handling, ride and overall comfort. Longer and slightly lower than its predecessor, the newcomer’s extended wheelbase also provides for an additional 35mm of rear legroom. Boot volume is now 520 litres with the rear seats in place.
All three models are powered by a new 2-litre normally aspirated direct injection petrol engine, rated at 115kW and 196Nm and mated to a CVT continuously variable transmission and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
Also standard across the board is the X-Mode system with hill descent control, but the range-topping 2.0i-S ES gets a more advanced version that features Mud, Sand, Snow and Dirt modes. On the subject of rough terrain, the Forester has a class-leading ground clearance of 220mm.