You don’t think of SUV’s being sporty unless you look at the German performance lines, but Subaru is launching the new 2015 Forester 2.0XT that is a new sporty model for driving enthusiasts. It’s not a Forester 2.0XT STI, but it does come with the new 2.0-liter turbocharged DIT engine that comes in the new 2015 WRX. This is the next best thing to getting a Forester that has been developed by STI. What does the new 2015 Forester “2.0XT EyeSight Advantage Line” feature?
It’s a special edition Forester SUV model that will launch in the Japan market. But we’ll likely see some variant of this sporty model here in the U.S. The special edition will launch in Japan on May 30, 2014. It will come with new upgrades both inside and out to set it apart from the standard Forester. Subaru says it brings a “premium feel to the performance of high-performance.”
In addition to the performance 2.0-liter turbo DIT engine, the 2015 Forester “2.0XT EyeSight Advantage Line” will feature interior and exterior goodies to set it apart. On the inside, this special edition will come with ultra suede leather on the door trim, steering wheel and seats. The instrument panel will get a special blue metallic decorative trim along with silver and black piano trim on the air conditioner rings. The seats, doors and center console also come with blue stitching.
Outside the 2015 Forester “2.0XT EyeSight Advantage Line” gets special exterior treatments. It will come with satin plated door mirrors, 18-inch aluminum wheels with a special high raster paint. Underneath, drivers will be treated to the new 2.0-liter horizontally opposed direct injection turbo (DIT) powerplant. This engine uses Subaru’s latest technology and is a great performer. It will deliver superior performance in the Forester SUV package.
This new 2015 Forester will also come with Subaru’s new-generation EyeSight safety system. EyeSight processes stereo images to identify vehicles traveling in front, any obstacles, traffic lanes and other potential hazards. Information is then relayed to the EyeSight computer, which is also networked with the car’s braking system and electronic throttle control. It can even detect pedestrians in the vehicle’s path and notify the driver. At speeds under 30 mph, Eyesight is able to bring the car to a complete stop, thus avoiding a collision.
There's nothing outside that announces what is underneath for performance enthusiasts. But this will be a sporty family hauler that will get the kids to soccer practice or to the ski slope quickly. Look for the all-new 2015 Forester “2.0XT EyeSight Advantage Line” to launch in Japan on May 30. Hopefully we’ll get some version of the new special edition 2.0XT here in the U.S. and other global markets.
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