The new Forester will be available from this autumn at £24,695 on-the-road.
Visual changes include: new 12-spoke alloy wheels, new exterior colours, aluminium door kick-plates, a new small-diameter MOMO steering wheel, silver-rimmed instruments, steering-wheel mounted radio controls and new sculptured sports front seats.
The new Forester 2.5 XT – which is only offered as a manual –will include black leather interior trim and satellite navigation to a new seven-speaker audio system and six-stacker CD player fitted as standard.
Meanwhile, the existing 175bhp 2.0 XT manual and automatic continue for 2005 with the additional benefits of an audio speaker upgrade with six-stack CD unit, new alloy wheels, new air-conditioning controls and smaller steering wheels.
Upgrades for the 123bhp 2.0 models include new cloth trim and seven-speaker/six-stackCD system for the ‘All-Weather-Pack’ model.