Whereas there’s a turbocharged Forester obtainable abroad in right-hand drive, Subaru’s native boss instructed CarExpert it’s not on the playing cards for Australia.
“While we’re definitely keen on a turbocharged Forester, there’s no quick plans to launch within the Australian market,” mentioned Blair Learn, managing director for Subaru Australia.
In Japan, the Forester is obtainable with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine named ‘DIT’ for ‘direct-injection turbo’. In accordance with Japanese specs, it develops 130kW (5200-5600Nm) and 300Nm (1600-3600rpm) and drives all 4 wheels by way of a CVT computerized transmission.
By comparability, the naturally aspirated 2.5-litre Boxer petrol normal in Australia and markets just like the US makes barely extra energy with 136kW (5800rpm), however 61Nm much less torque at 239Nm (4400rpm).
The 1.8T is obtainable in Sport and STI Sport grades of the Forester in its dwelling market, whereas the two.0-litre e-Boxer Hybrid is now the usual powertrain for the broader vary.
Little question this information can be a blow for followers of the previous Forester XT, which featured a 177kW/350Nm model of the two.0-litre turbo Boxer engine from the WRX sports activities compact.
Whereas not fairly as highly effective as its predecessor, the 1.8L DIT Forester strains up properly in opposition to the likes of the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDi (132kW/265Nm), the Peugeot 3008 1.6T (133kW/250Nm) and Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI (132kW/320Nm).
Whereas barely down on energy in comparison with the present 2.5i AWD drivetrain in Australia, the extra plentiful torque which is accessible earlier within the rev vary would make acceleration extra easy and little doubt enhance gasoline financial system.
In accordance with the Japanese WLTC financial system take a look at cycle, the Forester 1.8L DIT is rated to do 13.6km/L (7.35L/100km), in comparison with the two.5i AWD’s 7.4L/100km declare in opposition to the mixed ADR cycle.
That mentioned, the Forester e-Boxer Hybrid quotes 14.0km/L (7.14L/100km) on the WLTC regime, although quotes a thriftier 6.7L/100km in opposition to native ADR requirements.
The Forester is at present Subaru’s prime vendor in Australia, returning 10,637 registrations for the 2022 calendar yr regardless of ongoing provide points, and is up 45.3 per cent for the Jan-Apr interval in 2023 with 5840 items registered.
Whereas a well-liked mannequin in what’s Australia’s prime new car section, the Forester has been unable to match the amount of arch rivals within the Toyota RAV4 (8049 items YTD), Mazda CX-5 (7949 items YTD) and Mitsubishi Outlander (7838 items YTD).
Each 2.5-litre petrol and a pair of.0-litre e-Boxer Hybrid variations are supplied in Australia, with costs starting from $37,890 to $49,340 plus on-road prices.
In accordance with Mr Learn, excessive native demand for hybrid variations has seen wait occasions blow out to 6 to eight months for the Forester e-Boxer, although the native arm is working onerous to safe extra allocation and drive down wait occasions.
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