SUBARU’s top-selling Forester range is enhancing its appeal with a mid-life makeover for 2022. The much-loved SUV scores a fresh face, with revised headlight, fog light, front bumper and grille treatment.
Added EyeSight driver assist technology, enhanced suspension and off-road technology – for even great driver confidence – combine with a long list of cosmetic refinements to grow the Forester’s capabilities still further.
On the safety front, lane centring, lane departure prevention and autonomous emergency steering have been added. Retuned front suspension coil springs and dampers improve ride comfort, steering responsiveness and handling too.
New aluminium engine mount bracket reduces vibrations and noise. For more challenging all-wheel drive terrain, X-Mode is also revised, with the ability to automatically re-engage once the vehicle speed drops to 35km/h or less.
Revised hill descent control improves vehicle control speed, while Forester variants equipped with the driver monitoring system also gain gesture-controlled temperature adjustment for the air-conditioning.
“We’ve never had greater demand for Subaru SUVs and current generation Forester is leading the charge,” Subaru Australia general manager Blair Read said.
“These latest subtle changes to the Forester range will add to its appeal, which has already attracted new audiences with the introduction of hybrid variants and the Sport over the last 18-months,” he added.
“It’s a great family car that offers genuine All-Wheel Drive flexibility unrivalled by most medium SUVs on the market.”
For improved driver vision in all variants other than the Forester 2.5i, adaptive driving beam is updated to an array head lamp system. An 8.0-inch touchscreens are now standard across the range as well.
Elsewhere in the cabin, an updated instrument panel design is introduced in the Forester 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport and 2.5i-S. In the Forester 2.5i Sport, gunmetal and orange interior highlights are added throughout the cabin.
The Forester 2.5i-S gets platinum coloured door armrest underside inserts. Outside, the Forester 2.5i-S and Hybrid S feature new alloy wheel designs, while the Forester 2.5i Sport is distinguished by a circular fog light design featuring 6 LED lights.
Updated rear bumper lower cladding features on the 2.5i Sport, 2.5i-S, Hybrid L and Hybrid S. Meanwhile, the 2.5i-S, Hybrid L and Hybrid S also have revised silver roof rail finish. The 2.5i Sport has geometric black door mirrors.
New colours include Autumn Green, Brilliant Bronze and Cascade Green, which are available on all variants other than Forester 2.5i Sport. The 2022 Subaru Forester range is priced from $35,990 for the 2.5i AWD, with the Premium AWD priced at $41,140.
The Forester Sport AWD is priced at $42,690, with the range topping 2.5i-S available from $44,190. The Hybrid L AWD is $41,390 and the Hybrid S AWD is $47,190. All prices are plus on-road costs.