One of the most popular Subarus around - and in fact the most popular Subie in Australia - is the Forester.
Built on the same platform as the Impreza and marketed as a small-medium SUV, it has developed a strong reputation ever since the first-generation version was launched back in 1997.
Now, Subaru New Zealand is preparing to launch a brand-new fourth-generation model. It is expected to arrive here in late February or early March.
Last week at the national media launch of the new BRZ sportscar, the company indulged in a little 'teaser' exercise by laying on one of the new Foresters for short drives. It didn't supply any associated information, stating simply that all would be revealed at a media launch of the vehicle in February.
But what we do know is that the model that was the subject of the teaser exercise was powered by a direct injection and turbocharged 2.0-litre boxer engine that develops 177 kW of power at 5600 rpm and 350 Newton metres of torque from 2400 rpm.
The engine was mated to Subaru's Lineartronic continuously variable transmission, and also the Si- Drive system that can change the performance characteristics of the engine and auto.
The vehicle also boasted Subaru's new X-Mode all-wheel drive system.
Our model was a highly specified XT version, and therefore boasted the Eyesight driver-assist system that helps prevent collisions, and an electrically adjustable rear tailgate.
Exterior styling looks good in a more curvy sort of way. It's also bigger, with the wheelbase 25mm longer than before.
Inside, the interior looks pretty much identical to that of the latest Impreza and XV models.
As for the rest of the new model range - we'll just have to wait and see what's coming up.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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