It enters showrooms this month priced from £17,595 on-the-road for the Forester 2.0 X. The turbocharged 2.5 XT is available from £21,995 OTR, replacing the 2.0 XT.
Interior updates include a multi-function centre console/armrest/table/cupholder plus a new loadbay-restraining system and water-repellent seat trim.
The new 156bhp 2.0 litre ‘Boxer’ engine raises the top speed by 10mph to 122mph and cuts the 0-60 mph time from 11.1 seconds to 9.4 seconds.
First introduced for the 2005 model year, the 2.5 litre turbo (XT) gains an extra 17bhp, raising power to 229bhp and reducing the 0-60 mph time to 5.7 seconds for the manual.
A new automatic transmission is also available for the first time for the Forester 2.5 XT featuring ‘sportshift’ manual selection.
A revised, simplified model range sees the previous 2.0 XT (turbo) replaced by the 2.5 XT similar in price to the 2.0 XT. Those wanting leather trim and cruise control can choose the new 2.5 XTE.
The entry-level 2.0X continues with virtually identical equipment to the 2005 model year car, while the ‘all weather pack’ is replaced by the 2.0 XE which adds – leather trim, heated front seats and cruise-control.
|2006 Forester model line-up and prices:||OTR|
|2.0 X Manual||£17,595|
|2.0 X Automatic||£18,595|
|2.0 XE Manual||£20,495|
|2.0 XE Automatic||£21,495|
|2.5 XT Manual||£21,995|
|2.5 XT Automatic||£23,345|
|2.5 XTE Manual||£23,595|
|2.5 XTE Automatic||£24,945|