Subaru Forester: New models highlight dynamic versatility

New Outdoor Package boosts SUV utility; Sport-tech enhances spirited performance

TORONTO, May 28 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today announced that it will offer two new Forester models, just in time for summer fun. Each is designed to enhance the unique versatility of this iconic compact SUV-the Outdoor Package enhances Forester's go-anywhere utility, and the Sport-tech adds a range of advanced features for even more fun-to-drive performance.

Outdoor aficionados can choose between the Forester 2.5X Outdoor Package (MSRP $25,995 with manual transmission) and the Forester PZEV Outdoor Package (MSRP $28,095). For driving enthusiasts, Subaru also offers the new 2.5X Sport-tech (MSRP $28, 695 with manual transmission) with its added technology and performance features.

"One of the secrets to Forester's success is its versatility, thanks to an exceptional blend of driving performance and SUV functionality," said Katsuhiro Yokoyama, president and CEO of SCI. "Every Forester is both an exciting driver's car and a hard-working SUV; these new models simply allow owners to focus a little more directly on their own needs and preferences."

The new Outdoor Packages start with the specifications for the Forester 2.5X and Forester PZEV-both already nicely equipped with a broad range of standard features-and add:

    
    -   aerodynamic crossbars
    -   trailer hitch
    -   cargo tray and protective mat
    -   retractable cargo cover
    -   rear bumper step pad

    The new Sport-tech starts with the well-equipped Forester Touring package
and adds:

    -   17-inch Forester XT type wheels
    -   Pioneer AVIC in dash navigation/audio system with
        -  detachable touch screen
        -  12 million Points of Interest (POI's)
        -  Subaru dealer listing SD card
        -  iPod/USB audio integration with text display
        -  Bluetooth hands-free system
    

Powerful On and Off Road

The Forester 2.5X Outdoor Package, PZEV Outdoor Package, and 2.5X Sport-tech are powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre SOHC 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine that produces 170 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 170 lb.-ft. of torque 4,400 rpm. The i-Active Valve Lift system (AVL) ensures a broad torque curve and smooth response at all engine speeds while helping to reduce emissions.

A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on the Forester 2.5X Outdoor Package and Sport-tech. An electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission (4EAT SS), optimized to provide improved shifting and fuel economy, is available on those models and standard on the PZEV Outdoor Package. The 4-speed automatic transmission features SportShift control for manual gear shifting when desired. SportShift provides three shifting modes: Normal, Sport and Manual, each with its own specific shifting and torque converter lock-up maps.

For more information on the new models, including complete specifications, please go to www.subaru.ca.

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SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Elaine Griffin or Jen Giller, (905) 568-4959


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