2015 SUBARU FORESTER GETS UPGRADED INTERIOR AND DIESEL CVT POWERTRAIN

Feb 23, 2015

  • New Lineartronic transmission for 2.0-litre Boxer diesel – a Forester first
  • Diesel engine upgraded for lower emissions
  • Higher quality interior now includes 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • On sale from 1 April 2015

Subaru UK has announced details of the 2015 model-year update to its bestselling Forester SUV, which features a raft of changes to its interior and powertrain and enhances the go-anywhere capabilities of the Forester range.

The upgraded 2015 Subaru Forester will go on sale in the UK on 1 April and continues to offer Subaru’s comprehensive five year, 100,000 mile warranty.

New powertrain option – Lineartronic with Boxer diesel

The most significant change for the latest Subaru Forester is the addition of a diesel-Lineartronic CVT (continuously-variable transmission) powertrain to the UK model line-up, the first Forester to offer such a powertrain.

By pairing the popular 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed ‘Boxer’ diesel engine with Lineartronic, Subaru engineers have endowed the car with a more relaxing drive and, at the same time, boosted its off-road capabilities. Paired with the standard All-Wheel Drive drivetrain, Lineartronic brings with it Subaru’s Hill Descent Control (HDC) and the X-Mode system, which intelligently manages the car’s power and torque, brakes and drivetrain to maintain traction on even the most slippery surfaces.

The Lineartronic transmission fitted to the Forester’s 2.0-litre diesel engine is the same high-capacity CVT found on the powerful 240 ps XT Turbo model, and is engineered to manage the diesel engine’s high 350 Nm torque output. In its latest application in the Forester, the NVH characteristics of the transmission have been improved with additional soundproofing, while a manual mode provides drivers with seven pre-set ‘gears’ for greater control of the engine.

The 148 ps Boxer diesel engine itself has also received a range of modifications designed to reduce noise, vibration and harshness and improve fuel economy. A new common-rail injection system enables more precise combustion control, while new glow plugs speed up engine heating for greater fuel efficiency from a cold start. Other changes include revised turbocharger settings while a new radiator, oil cooler and radiator fans have been adopted for diesel models, aiding engine cooling.

With the new diesel engine and gearbox combination the 2015 Subaru Forester will return 46.3 mpg and 158 g/km CO2 on the combined cycle, and go from zero to 62 mph in 9.6 seconds. Diesel models equipped with the standard six-speed manual return 49.6 mpg and a now lower 148 g/km CO2 on the combined cycle (-2 g/km). Acceleration is also improved slightly, recording zero to 62 mph in 9.8 seconds (down from 10.2 seconds).

Cabin upgrades improve quality and refinement

Subaru engineers have introduced a number of improvements to the interior of the car, designed to raise the quality and ambience of the cabin.

Central to the upgraded interior is a new factory-fit touchscreen infotainment and navigation system which replaces the previous, Pioneer dealer-fit options. The 7.0-inch touchscreen, fitted as standard to all XC, AC Premium and XT models in the UK, allows front seat occupants to control the car’s satellite navigation and audio systems using the same touchscreen functionality as a smartphone, with swiping and pinching-in and -out to zoom in on map displays.

Drivers can control the infotainment and navigation system – as well as the climate control – with Subaru’s latest-generation voice control system, while full Bluetooth functionality enables users to connect their smartphone to the car via StarLink, for weather and traffic reports, wireless audio and news updates.

The upgraded interior also makes use of higher quality materials, in particular a new piano black central fascia, metallic highlights at key locations around the dashboard and new, more tactile heather controls. The car also now receives an extra USB jack allowing occupants to listen to music from a USB-compatible device while charging another at the same time.

The Multi-Function Display (MFD) at the top of the dashboard continues to display useful information to the driver, such as temperature, the status of the standard All-Wheel Drive system and fuel economy data. Improving the sporty image of the XT Turbo model, meanwhile, the MFD now features a turbo boost gauge for all models fitted with the 241 ps 2.0-litre DIT (direct injection turbo) engine.

NVH throughout the cabin is further improved with the adoption of greater soundproofing material under the bonnet and around the air intake.

The exterior of the car remains largely unchanged, with the exception of a new shark-fin antenna which replaces the pole antenna found on pre-2015 models.

2015 Subaru Forester pricing

Model Price (OTR) VED band CO2 (g/km)
2.0D X £24,995 F 148
2.0D X Lineartronic £26,495 G 158
2.0D XC £26,995 F 148
2.0D XC Lineartronic £28,495 G 158
2.0D XC Premium £28,995 G 152
2.0D XC Premium Lineartronic £30,995 G 163
2.0i XE £25,495 G 160
2.0i XE Lineartronic £26,995 F 150
2.0i XE Premium £27,495 G 160
2.0i XE Premium Lineartronic £28,995 F 150
2.0 DIT XT Turbo Lineartronic £30,995 J 197

For more information about the Subaru Forester, visit www.subaru.co.uk.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – 2015 SUBARU FORESTER

Body, chassis and drivetrain

Five-door, five-seater crossover, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of three longitudinally-mounted diesel and petrol Boxer engines driving the front and rear wheels (All-Wheel Drive) via a six-speed manual or six-speed Lineartronic CVT transmission.

Engines

2.0-litre / 148 ps Diesel (2.0D)

Name
Type   
Capacity
Bore & Stroke  
Compression ratio 
Max power
Max torque  
Valves      
Fuel system  
Turbo system  
Construction
Emissions class
Boxer Diesel
DOHC, horizontally opposed ‘flat four’, with VGT
2.0-litres, 1,998 cc
86.0 x 86.0mm
15.2:1
148 ps (108 kW) @ 3,600 rpm
350 Nm (258 lbs/ft) @ 1,600-2,400 rpm
16 (4-per-cylinder)
CRDi, common-rail, high pressure, direct injection
Variable geometry turbocharger (VGT)
Aluminium cylinder block and aluminium heads
Euro Stage 6

2.0-litre / 150 ps Petrol (2.0i)

Name
Type
Capacity
Bore & Stroke   
Compression ratio
Max power  
Max torque  
Valves  
Fuel system   
Construction   
Emissions class    
Boxer
DOHC, horizontally opposed ‘flat four’ with dual AVCS
2.0-litres, 1,995 cc
84.0 x 90.0mm
10.5:1
150 ps (110 kW) @ 6,200 rpm
198 Nm (146 lbs/ft) @ 4,200 rpm
16 (4-per-cylinder)
Multi-point sequential port injection
Aluminium cylinder block and aluminium heads
Euro Stage 6

2.0-litre / 241 ps Petrol (2.0XT)

Name
Type 
Capacity
Bore & Stroke
Compression ratio
Max power
Max torque
Valves   
Fuel system
Turbo system   
Construction
Emissions class
Boxer Direct Injection Turbo (DIT)
DOHC, horizontally opposed ‘flat four’ with dual AVCS and twin-scroll turbocharger
2.0-litres, 1,998 cc
86.0 x 86.0mm
10.6:1
241 ps (177 kW) @ 5,600 rpm
350 Nm (258 lbs/ft) @ 2,400-3,600 rpm
16 (4-per-cylinder)
Direct injection
Twin-scroll turbocharger
Aluminium cylinder block and aluminium heads
Euro Stage 6

 

Transmissions 2.0D  2.0i   2.0 DIT
Manual  
CVT    
6-sp
7-sp 
6-sp 
6-sp
---
6-sp

Gear ratios

Manual
1
2
3
4
5
6
Reverse
Final drive 1
Low-range ratio
2.0D 
3.454
1.888
1.062 
0.785 
0.634   
0.557    
3.636  
4.444 
6.201   
2.0i
3.818
1.947
1.296
1.029
0.825
0.738
4.072
4.444
5.173

Lineartronic

D range 

6- / 7-speed manual shift mode:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Reverse
Final drive 1
Low-range ratio
2.0D 
3.505 – 0.544

3.505
2.285
1.567
1.179 
0.910
0.723 
0.582 
2.345
4.111 
6.443  
2.0i
3.581 - 0.570  

3.581
2.262 
1.658   
1.208 
0.885 
0.618 
  --- 
4.072 
4.444 
5.173  
2.0 DIT
3.505 - 0.544

3.505
2.238
1.641
1.194
0.880
0.611
---
2.345
4.111
6.443

Drivetrains

2.0D MT                     Symmetrical AWD with centre differential coupled to viscous LSD
2.0i MT                      Symmetrical AWD with centre differential coupled to viscous LSD
2.0D Lineartronic        Symmetrical AWD with active torque split system
2.0i Lineartronic         Symmetrical AWD with active torque split system
2.0 DIT Lineartronic    Symmetrical AWD with active torque split system

Suspension and damping

Front                          Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.

Rear                           Fully independent by subframe-mounted double wishbones, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.

Steering

Type                          Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Gearing / Turns           15.5:1 / 3.1 lock-to-lock
Turning circle              10.6 metres

Brakes

Front                            294 / 316 mm ventilated discs
Rear                            274 mm solid discs / 278 mm ventilated discs

2.0D                            2.0i MT                      2.0 DIT
Front                           294 mm                       294 mm                      316 mm
Rear                            274 mm                       274 mm                      278 mm

ABS                             4-channel anti-lock system with EBD
BAS                             Boosts braking power to maximum during emergency stop
EBS                             Emergency Brake Assist

Wheels and tyres

Standard                     Alloy 17-inch x 7.0J    225/60 R17 tyres
2.0XT                          Alloy 18-inch x 7.0J    225/55 R18 tyres
Spare (standard)         Tyre repair kit

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior

Overall length              4,595               Overall width*             1,795
Overall height              1,715               Wheelbase                  2,640
Front track                  1,545               Rear track                   1,550
Ground clearance       220                  Turning radius             5.3 metres
Approach angle           25 degrees      Departure angle          25 degrees

*excluding door mirrors

Interior (mm)
Cabin length                2,095
Cabin height                1,280
Cabin width                 1,540

Capacities (all models)

Fuel tank                    60 litres
Luggage (VDA)           505 litres behind rear seats (with tyre repair kit)
1,592 litres behind front seats (to roof)

Weights (kg)

  2.0D MT 2.0D CVT 2.0i MT  2.0i CVT 2.0 DIT
Curb weight
Gross weight
1,552
2,080
1,615 
2,080
1,477 
2,015 
1,507
2,015
1,615
2,110

Performance


Top speed / mph
0-to-62 mph / sec  
2.0D MT 
118 
9.9    
2.0D CVT
117
9.9 
2.0i MT
118 
10.6 
2.0i CVT
119 
11.8  
2.0 DIT
137
7.5

Fuel economy (mpg)


Combined cycle
Urban cycle   
Extra-urban cycle 
CO2 g/km    
2.0D MT 
49.6
39.8
57.6
148  
2.0D CVT
46.3
38.7
52.3 
158   
2.0i MT
40.9  
33.2
47.1
160  
2.0i CVT 
43.5
34.9
51.4 
150 
2.0 DIT
33.2
25.2
40.4
197

February 2015