Subaru Forester receives minor updates

Underrated Subaru Forester remains a solid SUV contender

Reuben Van Niekerk
Subaru Forester
2022 Subaru Forester

Subaru’s popular Forester has received a mid-life update in celebration of Subaru’s 30th year in South Africa.


The 2022 Subaru Forester model range includes four derivatives comprising the 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre variants in their respective Sport and Premium trims and specifications.


What’s new?

The biggest exterior changes have taken place at the front of the vehicle where a larger, hexagonal grille takes centre stage alongside a slimmer headlight design resulting in a more dynamic and sturdier stance.


The updated headlights now include an array of LED bulbs as part of the Adaptive Headlamps and High Beam Assist features.


In addition, the mirror caps, A and B pillar covers as well as the rear spoiler tailgate finishes have all been enhanced. On the Forester Sport, the mirror caps and rear are finished in a geometric textured material, while the Premium Forester has chrome finished mirror covers and a high gloss cover.


The alloy wheel offerings have been updated too. The base model sits on redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels. Higher spec models are fitted with 18-inch wheels, including a five-spoke, dual-tone design. In turn the more adventurous Forester Sport is fitted with all-black multi-spoke wheels.


On the Subaru Forester Sport, the use of the orange and black theme has been tweaked, with the removal of the orange splashes on the air vent surrounds. The coloured stitching remains and is now contrasted with dark grey colour scheme and water repellent seats.


Under the bonnet

The entire 2022 Subaru Forester line-up is powered by Subaru’s signature boxer engine coupled to symmetrical all-wheel drive system for safe driving as well as maximum traction and control.


The engine options of the Forester remain unchanged on all derivatives. The 2.0-litre options offer 115kW and 196Nm while the larger 2.5-litre derivatives boast 136kW and 239Nm.


Changes to the underpinnings include front suspension tweaks to improve steering responsiveness, ride quality and handling, thanks in part to reworked coil springs and dampers. Helping to improve the NVH levels are the addition of aluminium engine mount brackets.


Subaru’s smart all-terrain programme, X-Mode, has been updated with improved Hill Descent Control speed management and now allows for manual acceleration on descent, with the system re-engaging Hill Descent Control when the driver stops accelerating.


World-class safety with Eyesight 4.0

The 2022 Subaru Forester has been fitted with a more advanced version of the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. All round improvements allow for use under a wider variety of conditions and environments. A new dual camera system now has double the field of view compared to the previous system. The system is now faster and more intuitive and will deploy safety functions such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure and Sway Warning with even more precision.


Eyesight 4.0 is offered with three new technologies that employ active steering inputs including Active Lane Centering, Lane Departure Prevention and Autonomous Emergency Steering.


Eyesight equipped Foresters remain the safest vehicles in their class with five-star safety ratings from all the major global safety ratings agencies.


Additional practicality

The Subaru Forester is well known for its versatility and helping to strengthen those characteristics are redesigned and strengthened roof rails that allow for a higher load capacity in order to accommodate roof top tents for example. Additional tie down locations have also been integrated and there is additional tie down hooks in the roof of the rear cargo area.


Model line-up and pricing

Subaru Forester 2.0i CVT

R486 000

Subaru Forester 2.0i-S ES CVT

R564 000

Subaru Forester 2.5i-Sport ES CVT

R599 000

Subaru Forester 2.5i-S ES CVT CVT

R649 000


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