Subaru has launched the new generation of its best-selling Forester All-Wheel Drive wagon, featuring fantastic new technologies, including the brand’s first-ever driver recognition system, enhancing convenience and safety.

The fifth-generation Forester Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) debuts with the Subaru Driver Monitoring System - Driver Focus (DMS) - enabling drivers to personalise cabin preferences – a first for a mainstream brand in Australia.

DMS is just one of many significant advances that underline Forester’s status as a leader in its class for driving fun, safety, whole-of-life value and sure-footed performance both on and off-road.
Among the other Forester highlights:

  • 90 per cent new direct injection engine – significantly more responsive and efficient, with 136 Kilowatts of power (+7.9 per cent) and 239 Newtonmetres of torque (+1.7 per cent).
  • Seven-speed manual mode – ultra-reliable Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) upgraded for more sporty response.
  • EyeSight® driver assist – now standard across the entire Forester range, with new features that:

    o Place Subaru at the forefront of mainstream brands for customer uptake of the award-winning tech, based on sales volume.
    o Bring yet more safety to the masses.

  • Roomiest Forester yet - distance extended between front and rear passengers.

    o Fantastic family flexibility, thanks to efficiencies gained from the Subaru Global Platform.
    o Larger, wider cargo area with easier access.
    o Forester 2.5i Premium AWD and 2.5i-S AWD have a smoother, faster operating powered cargo door.

  • X-Mode – with new features and functionality for even better sure-footed performance on challenging surfaces.
  • Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) – helps to avoid collisions and reduce damage

    o Debuts in Forester 2.5i-L, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i-S

  • Infotainment – Adds digital radio to Forester for the first time.

    o Continues the trend of Impreza and XV in offering the very latest in cabin convenience and entertainment.
    o Includes Apple CarPlay™ and Google Android Auto™ connectivity.

  • Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) - Making its debut in Forester 2.5i Premium and 2.5i-S, SI-Drive is optimized to improve fuel efficiency in I mode and increase engine speed in S mode, for even greater responsiveness.
  • Wider field of vision – Subaru Corporation claims class-leading field-of-vision
  • Steering responsive LED headlights (SRH) – across the entire Forester range.
  • Approach and departure angles - optimized in line with proper SUV ability.
  • Electronic parking brake – new to Forester, for added convenience.

Other key Forester facts:

  • Latest application of the renowned Subaru Global Platform, which has won accolades for dynamic performance and sophistication.
  • Interior quality – vast improvements, reflecting Subaru Corporation’s quality commitment.

The fifth generation of Subaru’s best-selling model, the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Forester Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), has been unveiled at New York International Auto Show. Forester will debut with a long list of new features, including the Driver Monitoring System (DMS) - Subaru’s first-ever driver recognition technology.

DMS will deliver a safer and more comfortable driving experience than ever before,  underlining Subaru’s top-of-class safety credentials. It will also be the roomiest, most capable and most versatile Forester ever made. Forester launches on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) - which has already won accolades in Impreza and XV - and enhances comfort and safety even further.

Every Forester will be powered by the newly-enhanced direct-injection 2.5-litre horizontally opposed, normally aspirated, four-cylinder Boxer engine. 

With around 90 per cent new components, the engine offers the perfect balance of excellent driving and environmental performance. Symmetrical AWD and enhanced X-Mode provide outstanding driving, combined with the off-road drivability expected of an SUV. Reverse Automatic Braking helps to avoid collisions when reversing and reduces damage in collisions.

Forester will also offer its roomiest cabin to date, with innovative packaging enhancing comfort and practicality. The new model features packaging that allows all occupants to share comfort and enjoyment, balancing easy handling with a spacious interior, and user-friendly features including, the DMS.

Australian Forester specifications will be announced in the second half of 2018, with vehicles expected in showrooms around September. New Forester is a key part of Subaru Corporation’s global strategy.  In line with Subaru’s “Dynamic x Solid,” design philosophy, the new design combines the hardiness of an SUV with user-friendly comfort and convenience. 

The SGP is expected to achieve class-topping collision safety and hazard avoidance, along with handling that responds exactly as the driver intends, plus comfortable drivability. Other core technologies include the latest generation of the award-winning EyeSight driver- assist system.

MAIN FEATURES OF THE NEW FORESTER (US SPECIFICATION) 

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR

COMFORTABLE AND FUNCTIONAL PACKAGING FOR EASE OF USE AND ENJOYMENT FOR ALL PASSENGERS

  • Wider rear door openings and a steep C-pillar angle make entry, exit and installing a child seat easier.
  • All Foresters feature lower body side cladding, which helps protect against mud, rocks and other road debris, especially on tracks and trails.
  • The new Forester design maintains outstanding driver visibility, a hallmark of Subaru models.
  • Strategically designed pillars and generous glass area ensure an excellent all-round view from inside, and all models feature a standard rear vision camera.

THE PERFECT SIZE FOR EASY HANDLING

  • Although the wheelbase is increased for a more comfortable cabin than ever, the minimum turning radius is just 5.4 metres, ensuring ease of handling.

 
EXCELLENT COMFORT, SEAT ACCESSIBILITY, AND LOADING CONVENIENCE

  • Enhanced cabin comfort, with more space between passengers and more leg room in the back seats.
  • Optimized rear door opening angle, opening area, and C-pillar shape, improves back seat accessibility.
  • A maximum cargo area opening width of 1,300 millimetres (mm) - larger than average for a mid-sized SUV - and square cargo storage space, provide a dramatic increase in loading capacity.
  • A drive unit for powered rear cargo door is integrated with the “stay”, creating more cargo storage space. It also provides faster opening and closing. A new locking system, incorporated for the first time in a Subaru vehicle, automatically closes the rear gate and locks the vehicle with just a touch of a button.

CONVENIENT FEATURES FOR COMFORT IN MOTION

  • Three separated pockets in the seat backs provide convenient storage for magazines, tablets, smartphones, etc.
  • USB charger ports provided for both front and back seat passengers.
  • A new air-conditioning Human Machine Interface (HMI) incorporated for the first time in Subaru vehicles, allows exact adjustment of temperature controls, for in-cabin comfort according to the number of passengers.
  • Debut of the Driver Monitoring System, which can alert the driver to signs of drowsiness or distraction on the road, as well as automatically adjusting driver settings for seat position, door mirror angles, and air-conditioning preferences.
  • 8-inch screen navigation and latest infotainment system.
  • Improved connectivity compatible with Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM
  • In addition to the functional and user-friendly cabin layout, the instrument panel and console are combined for a more relaxed feeling of freedom, in addition to the hardiness demanded of an SUV.
  • SUV toughness and dynamism, allied with generous storage space and intuitive functionality that can be understood at a glance.
  • Accent colors, high gloss black, and exclusive alloy wheels highlight the new model’s SUV robustness and sleek strength.

TECHNICAL
SUV TOUGHNESS AND DRIVING ENJOYMENT

  • Featuring Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the new 2.5-litre four-cylinder horizontally opposed direct injection normally aspirated engine, X-Mode for easier handling in poor driving conditions and the Subaru Global Platform; new Forester ensures a comfortable and enjoyable ride for the driver and all passengers.

POWERFUL AND COMFORTABLE DYNAMISM

  • The new model incorporates a newly developed 2.5-litre four-cylinder horizontally opposed direct injection normally aspirated engine. It features around 90 per cent new components compared with the previous 2.5-litre engine. The newly introduced direct injection improves power and torque, while also boosting environmental performance, through improved fuel efficiency - offering a powerful and enjoyable driving experience.
  • Enhanced driving enjoyment through new seven-speed manual mode Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission.
  • SI-Drive control is optimized, and in some models, Sports mode allows the driver to enjoy faster acceleration and direct-feel transmission shift.

ACTIVE ALL-TERRAIN TOUGHNESS

  • Forester incorporates Subaru’s exclusive Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, providing stable driving performance on all surfaces, from snow and mud to wet roads and highways.
  • Optimization of X-Mode, which controls engine, transmission, and brakes on slippery surfaces and - in poor driving conditions - improves drivability in off-road conditions and on poor surfaces. In some models, a dial allows easy switching between two modes, depending on road conditions - improving driver confidence and peace of mind.
  • Minimum ground clearance is 220 mm, along with the widest possible approach and departure angles, and the ramp break-over angle. The new model offers excellent road clearance for a wider range of activities than ever before.

 IMPROVED DYNAMIC FEEL

  • The Subaru Global Platform brings significant improvements to dynamic quality, achieving superior driving capability that engages the emotional senses with smooth performance and pleasant drivability.

OVERALL SAFETY TOP IN ITS CLASS

  • New Forester offers safe and enjoyable driving for all passengers - at all times and in all settings (not just in emergencies) – with safety features that place it at the top of its class, based on Subaru’s philosophy of overall safety.

OUTSTANDING VISIBILITY RECOGNIZABLE AT A GLANCE AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO THE CAR—PRIMARY SAFETY

  • The excellent high eye-level view and careful optimization of the shape of the pillars has reduced blind spots and provides outstanding visibility.
  • Optimization of the seat shape and cushion materials helps to reduce driver fatigue.

DRIVING PERFORMANCE YOU CAN DEPEND ON IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF AN INCIDENT—ACTIVE SAFETY

  • Active Torque Vectoring ensures the driver is controlling the vehicle exactly as intended.

COMPREHENSIVE ADVANCED SAFETY SYSTEMS—PREVENTIVE SAFETY

  • Subaru’s exclusive EyeSight driver assist system comes standard in all models.
  • Reverse Automatic Braking helps to avoid collisions when reversing and reduces the damage in case of collision.
  • Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection system detects vehicles approaching from the rear.
  • Steering Responsive Headlights provide clear night-time vision.
  • High-beam assist improves visibility when driving at night.
  • Subaru’s first-ever Driver Monitoring System enhances safe driving by providing a warning when it detects signs of distraction or drowsiness at the wheel.

CLASS-LEADING PROTECTION OF EVERY PASSENGER—COLLISION SAFETY

  • The Subaru Global Platform ensures class-leading passenger protection.
  • An increase in the amount of high-tensile steel panel materials ensures improved collision safety and a lighter body.
  • A total of seven airbags (SRS airbags in the driver’s seat and front passenger seat, SRS knee airbag in the driver’s seat, SRS side airbags, and SRS side curtain airbags) come as standard in all models, providing class-leading levels of passenger protection.

MAIN FEATURES OF THE NEW FORESTER (US SPEC)

Body size
(Length x width x height)

4,625 × 1,815 × 1,730*1 mm

Wheelbase

2,670 mm

Minimum ground clearance

220 mm

Engine

FA25 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder DOHC 16 valve AVCS direct injection engine

Displacement

2,498 cc

Bore x stroke

94 × 90 mm

Power

136 Kilowatts / 5,800 rpm

Torque

239 Newtonmetres / 4,400 rpm

Fuel tank capacity

63 L

Fuel type

87AKI

Transmission

Lineartronic*2

Drive system

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Tyre size

225/60 R17, 225/55 R18

Passenger capacity

Five seats

*1 Height not including roof rail: 1,715 mm 
*2 Lineartronic: Fully electronically controlled automatic continuously variable transmission

Subaru Corporation has unveiled the Subaru VIZIV Tourer Concept at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show. Since the debut of the first Subaru VIZIV Concept in 2013, Subaru has produced a series of themed models embodying the brand’s vision for the future of making cars that deliver “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind to its customers.”

Designed on a tourer theme, the VIZIV Tourer Concept unites Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive layout and Boxer engine with Subaru’s expertise in driving performance, practicality and safety. In anticipation of widespread future deployment of automated driving technologies, advanced driver-assist functions include the next-generation EyeSight driver-assist system and other devices to reduce driver fatigue on long journeys.

Subaru’s design and development will advance in directions indicated by the VIZIV Concept models. The name VIZIV has been coined from the phrase “Vision for Innovation.”

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS OF SUBARU VIZIV TOURER CONCEPT

Body size (overall length × width × height): 4,775 × 1,930 × 1,435 mm
Wheelbase: 2,730 mm
Tyre size: 245/40 R20
Seating capacity: 4

DESIGN FEATURES

Evoking successive generations of Subaru touring wagon models that have paired superior driving with high levels of practicality, the VIZIV Tourer Concept design is based on Subaru’s shared “Dynamic x Solid” design philosophy. Large luggage space offers utility and practicality.

ADVANCED DRIVER-ASSIST TECHNOLOGIES

Subaru has teamed advanced driver-assist technologies scheduled for launch around 2020, with the high performance offered by the boxer engine and symmetrical AWD, creating a tourer symbolizing the Enjoyment and Peace of Mind to be expected of its cars. By also incorporating further enhancements to EyeSight driver-assist technology, radar, and highly accurate GPS and navigation systems, Subaru continues to pursue ultimate levels of safety in the aim of eliminating accidents.

Steve Glenney and Andy Sarandis have taken out this year's Targa North West in a 2015 Subaru WRX Sti.

The overnight leaders stretched their lead over the final five stages to finish clear of Paul Stokell and Jason Page in a 2014 Lotus Exige by just under four minutes, with Tony Quinn and Kate Catford claiming third, a further 52 seconds back in a 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo. After taking a 37 second lead, GT2 frontrunners Paul Stokell and Jason Page extended their lead over Peter Nunn and Keith Johnstone in a Porsche GTS, to take out the class by a comfortable one minute 39 seconds. Alan Roe and Michael Lloyd finished third.

Glenney and Sarandis also took the honours in GT4, with Crichton Lewis and Adam Kudra finishing second, also in a Subaru WRX Sti almost ten minutes back. Nathan and Nicholas Stokes finished third, to make it a Subaru trifecta on the podium. For Glenney, he was thrilled at how the car performed over the whole weekend.

"The weekend went well, brand new car, reliable, fast, safe and easy to drive as ever, so great weekend and good to get a good result, and Andy did a fantastic job next to me," Glenney said. "It was a great podium result; one, two, three for Subaru, so the Buckby boys are going well," Glenney added.

It was a tremendous weekend for Graham Copeland and Josh Herbert in their 1941 GMC Jimmy Special, as they led from start-to-finish to take out Shannons Classic by a margin of eight minutes 29 seconds. Nik Prieston and Dylan Braithwaite, in a 1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rallye had a consistent weekend, to claim second place.

Copeland was understandably thrilled with the result.

"It's awesome; it's my first Targa North West title and Josh did such a fantastic job also," Copeland said. "The roads were fantastic; the Hellyer Gorge North stage is probably the best Targa stage I've ever done," Copeland added.

The 1975 Holden Torana of Michael and Daniel Bray extended their overnight lead to take out Shannons Classic GT comfortably by almost 12 minutes from Mick Downey and Jarrod Van Den Akker in a 1977 Holden Commodore, with Geoff Goodwin and Phillip Smith third.

Just 14 seconds separated Tony Quinn and Kate Catford in their 2001 Porsche 911, and Jon Mitchell and Joshua Sutcliffe in a 2006 Subaru WRX S204 after the opening day in Early Modern, however Quinn dominated the final day, increasing his lead over the five stages to claim victory by 55 seconds. Richard Woodman and Marcus Towle have taken out the GT Sports Trophy in a 2004 Subaru WRX Sti. They increased their lead over Geoff Storr and Steve Caplice in their 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV at every stage, to take out the class by over 16 minutes.

In TSD Trophy it was Jeffrey Wilson and Ian Samson in a 2010 Subaru WRX Sti who finished well clear of Luke Anear and Alan Stephensen in a 2017 Ford Focus RS. Round two of the 2018 Australian Targa Championship is the running of Targa Tasmania from 16th - 21st April, to be followed by the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef from 31st August to 2nd September. The Championship finishes with Targa High Country from 9th - 11th November.


2018 Targa North West – Provisional results

Outright:

  1. Steve Glenney / Andy Sarandis, 2015 Subaru WRX Sti
  2. Paul Stokell / Jason Page, 2014 Lotus Exige, +3m55s
  3. Tony Quinn / Kate Catford, 2001 Porsche 996 Turbo, 4m47ss
  4. Peter Nunn / Keith Johnstone, 2016 Porsche GTS, +5m34s
  5. Jon Mitchell / Joshua Sutcliffe, 2006 Subaru WRX S204, +5m42s


GT2:

  1. Paul Stokell / Jason Page, 2014 Lotus Exige
  2. Peter Nunn / Keith Johnstone, 2016 Porsche GTS, +1m39s
  3. Alan Roe / Michael Lloyd, 2016 BMW M2, +3m28s


GT4:

  1. Steve Glenney / Andy Sarandis, 2015 Subaru WRX Sti
  2. Crichton Lewis / Adam Kudra, 2015 Subaru WRX Sti, +9m38s
  3. Nathan Stokes / Nicholas Stokes, 2014 Subaru Sti +11m34s


Shannons Classic:

  1. Graham Copeland / Josh Herbert, 1941 GMC Jimmy Special
  2. Nik Prieston / Dylan Braithwaite, 1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rallye, +8m29ss
  3. Peter Gluskie / Samantha Winter, 1985 BMW E30 325i, +10m51s


Shannons Classic GT:

  1. Michael Bray / Daniel Bray, 1975 Holden Torana
  2. Mick Downey / Jarrod Van Den Akker, 1977 Holden Commodore, +11m43s
  3. Geoff Goodwin / Phillip Smith, 1983 Nissan 300ZX, +18m13s


Duttons Garage Early Modern:

  1. Tony Quinn / Kate Catford, 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo
  2. Jon Mitchell / Joshua Sutcliffe, 2006 Subaru WRX S204, +55s
  3. Peter Roberts / Suzanne Atkins, 1992 Nissan Skyline GTS-t, +7m40s


GT Sports Trophy:

  1. Richard Woodman / Marcus Towle, 2004 Subaru WRX Sti
  2. Geoff Storr / Steve Caplice, 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV, +16m15s


TSD Trophy:

  1. Jeffrey Wilson / Ian Samson, 2010 Subaru WRX STi, 46 points
  2. Luke Anear / Alan Stephensen, 2017 Ford Focus RS, 171 points

Subaru unveiled its VIZIV Performance Concept at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. The VIZIV series of concepts embodies Subaru’s vision for the future of making cars that deliver “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind.”

The first sedan body of the series, the VIZIV Performance Concept symbolizes superior Subaru driving performance and the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) layout, powered by a Boxer engine honed over more than five decades of development.

In sports sedan form, it conveys the concept of driving enjoyment that Subaru continues to pursue. In anticipation of widespread future deployment of automated driving technologies, advanced driver assist functions, combining the next generation EyeSight® system with other devices, are installed.

The name VIZIV derives from “Vision for Innovation.” 

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS

Body size (overall length × width × height): 4,630 × 1,950 × 1,430 mm
Wheelbase: 2,730 mm
Tyre size: 245/40 R20
Seating capacity: Five

Design Features

The VIZIV Performance Concept draws inspiration from previous production models symbolizing the Subaru driving experience: the Legacy (Liberty in Australia), which defined Subaru as a driver’s car, plus Impreza and WRX, which took the World Rally Championship by storm. 

Based on Subaru’s “Dynamic X Solid” design philosophy, this next-generation sports sedan encapsulates driving enjoyment. 

Driving performance is highlighted by a low centre of gravity, the dynamic flare of the guards, use of carbon fibre parts in the bumpers, guards and roof, and the glimpse of the exhaust in the rear bumper. The three-dimensional form of the front grille is flanked by hawk-eye headlights while the muscular guards point to the reliability of Symmetrical AWD. 

ADVANCED DRIVER ASSIST TECHNOLOGIES

Subaru has teamed advanced driver assist technologies scheduled for launch around 2020, with the high performance offered by the Boxer engine and Symmetrical AWD - creating a sports sedan symbolizing the “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” expected of its cars. 

By also incorporating further enhancements to EyeSight driver assist technology, radar and highly accurate GPS and navigation systems, Subaru continues to pursue the ultimate levels of safety, aimed at eliminating accidents.

BRZ STI SPORT

Also unveiled in Tokyo was the BRZ STI Sport. While on-sale only in the Japan domestic market, some elements will be included in a yet-to-be disclosed Australian variant, which will be on sale around end of year. The new range-topping variant in Japan has been jointly developed with Subaru Tecnica International (STI), to achieve new levels of driving performance, quality feel and luxury.

The suspension features flexible V-braces and flexible draw stiffener front suspension. Exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels and high-performance tyres are used. The ZF-made SACHS shock absorbers, and coil springs specially tuned by STI, improve steering response and suppress roll - achieving flexible but highly stable driving performance.

The exterior is highlighted by an exclusive front bumper and adopts glossy black components, emphasizing strength and superb driving performance. The interior colour motif is unique to the variant, featuring Bordeaux red coordination. Quality materials include genuine leather and Alcantara® seats. 

Exclusive components are used for the instrument panel and its glare shield, and for the steering wheel, creating a sporty and special space.

MAIN FEATURES OF BRZ STI SPORT

Suspension and wheels

  • Specially tuned SACHS shock absorbers (made by ZF) and coil springs
  • STI-designed flexible V-braces
  • STI-designed flexible draw stiffeners (front)
  • 18-inch black alloy wheels
  • 215/40R18 high-performance tyres
  • Brembo four-wheel ventilated disc brakes

Exterior

  • Exclusive front bumper
  • STI emblem (front and rear)
  • BRZ emblem (black)
  • Exclusive front bumper garnish (with STI logo)
  • Power-retractable remote-control door mirrors (black)
  • Black shark fin antenna

Interior

  • Exclusive Alcantara® leather seats (Black/Bordeaux red; front seat heater)
  • Instrument panel with exclusive TFT colour Multi-Information Display (STI logo)
  • Exclusive instrument panel glare shield (Grande Luxe, red stitching)
  • Exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel (high-tactile leather, red stitching, with dark cast metallic trim)
  • Exclusive door armrests (Bordeaux red, red stitching)
  • Exclusive shoulder pads (Grande Luxe, red stitching)
  • Piano black trim (air conditioner switch panel, power window switch panel)
  • Stainless steel side sill plates with STI logo

Subaru Corporation has completed new test tracks for advanced driver assist technologies at its Bifuka proving ground, in Hokkaido, Japan. The new test tracks will begin use next month.

The proving ground was established in 1995 as a development facility for conducting performance evaluations in cold climates and driving tests on snow. The 361-hectare site includes a variety of test and handling courses, and was expanded to include a high-speed circuit in 2003.

Designed to simulate public roads, the tracks are used to conduct a variety of tests throughout the year. Existing tracks at the proving ground have been upgraded to build the new Advanced Driver Assist Technologies test areas, making conditions closer to those on actual public roads.

BIFUKA PROVING GROUND OUTLINE
High-speed circuit: Total length 4.2 km (existing high-speed course upgraded to bring it closer to actual road conditions)

  • New gentle curves simulating those on motorways
  • New entry and exit lanes, simulating interchanges and service areas on motorways
  • New multi-lane track, simulating a four-lane road
  • New concrete paved road simulating North American freeway surfaces

Urban road course

  • New urban road course, simulating two-way traffic on roads
  • Road forms designed to resemble actual conditions, including intersections with and without turning lanes, guiding zones (pedestrian crossings)
  • A roundabout intersection

Other facilities

  • The general test tracks have been expanded and new functions added
  • The proving ground’s administration building has been rebuilt.

As part of initiatives to strengthen the brand, set out in its mid-term management vision, Subaru Corporation is pursuing technological development with the aim of becoming the top automotive company for overall safety.

Subaru is particularly focused on further enhancement of the EyeSight® driver assist system. The new Japan domestic market Levorg and WRX S4 models, released in August, are both fitted with Touring Assist, a new feature added to EyeSight, as standard equipment.

The new test tracks will be used to further accelerate the development needed for driver assist technologies, as they become increasingly advanced. By 2020, Subaru plans to offer an automated lane-changing function, by adding minimal devices such as digital maps, GPS, and radar to the EyeSight stereo camera.

The company also aims to develop an EyeSight-based technology that prevents collisions with vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians at intersections.

The reinvigorated Levorg range offers greater customer choice in both specification and pricing, with the entry-level 1.6 GT priced from $35,990 Manufacturer’s List Price*. Subtle cosmetic changes to Levorg’s front add to its stylish road presence, aided by newly-designed LED headlights and higher quality LED fog lights.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “Levorg has opened up a whole new performance niche for Subaru since we launched just over a year ago.

“We can now see even greater opportunity with the addition of two 1.6-litre turbo variants that will make this fun, flexible wagon available to an even greater cross-section of customers. Equally, by adding the prestige of the STI badge to the range-topping 2.0 STI Sport, we’re catering to customer demand for something even more exclusive at the top of the range - so the freshened MY18 line-up represents a significant opportunity for us.”

As with the entire Subaru new car range, every Levorg has an independent five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

NEW 1.6-LITRE TURBOCHARGED ENGINE

Entry-level Levorgs offer the 1.6-litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder Boxer engine, which has never previously been available on any Australian Subaru. Producing 125 Kilowatts of power at 4,800-5,600 rpm and 250 Newtonmetres of torque at 1800-4800 rpm, the compact unit offers even greater fuel efficiency within the expanded Levorg range.

The direct injection engine features direct cylinder injection and a forced induction supercharger intake. Each cylinder has a four-valve Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) valvetrain and Active Valve Control System (AVCS). It consumes 7.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres in the combined cycle.

As with the 2.0-litre variants, it is mated to an efficient Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

SMART REARVIEW MIRROR (SRM) – 1.6 GT Premium, 2.0 GT-S, 2.0 STI Sport

The SRM offers better rear visibility. Images of the area behind the car are taken by a camera mounted inside and above the rear gate glass, and displayed in the rearview mirror. It is particularly effective when the standard rearview mirror provides poor visibility in fluctuating light conditions, such as evening or at night; or if passengers or cargo are obscuring the view.

Two modes are available:

  • Mirror Mode is used as an ordinary mirror, without displaying images from the rear camera.
  • Display Mode is used for displaying images from the rear camera.

SRM modes are activated using a switch at the bottom of the mirror.

FRONT VIEW MONITOR (FVM) 1.6 GT Premium, 2.0GT-S, 2.0 STI Sport 

The FVM helps prevent collisions at intersections, or when parking close to walls or other objects. Images from a camera mounted at the front of the vehicle can be shown on the Multi- Function Display, to check for approaching vehicles, or pedestrians, at intersections with poor visibility; or other scenarios.

It helps the driver check for blind spots in front of the car, which can help avoid accidents occurring at intersections.

SUSPENSION

The Bilstein front and rear suspension in Levorg 1.6 GT Premium, 2.0 GT-S and 2.0 STI Sport is enhanced from the superseded model year for smoother ride comfort, while retaining sporty capabilities. Both the front and rear suspension configurations are changed for better flat ride comfort with minimal pitching.

The changes help absorb even the smallest bumps and subtle changes in the road surface, for superior ride comfort.

The result is a more consistent, comfortable ride in all situations.

Front suspension changes:

  • Front arm rubber bush plate
  • Spring constant of coils
  • Damping force
  • Rebound length

Rear suspension changes:

  • Spring constant of coils
  • Damping force
  • Rebound length
  • Diameter of rear stabilizers

AUTO VEHICLE HOLD (AVH)

Another debut feature for Subaru, AVH alleviates driver fatigue by holding the vehicle in position, even when releasing the brake pedal when stopped. This means drivers no longer have to keep their foot on the brake pedal in situations like traffic congestion, traffic lights or when stopped on hills.

Instead, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) takes over, maintaining brake fluid pressure to keep the car in position.

STEERING RESPONSIVE HEADLIGHTS

Every Levorg now features, Steering Responsive Headlights, which operate with both high and low beam. The headlight beams move to match steering input when turning corners, or at intersections - improving night-time visibility. Headlight angle is calculated from steering angle and vehicle speed.

BRAKES

Newly developed brake pads in Levorg 2.0-litre variants are used with a high friction coefficient material. This material improves brake efficiency by approximately 20 per cent compared to the superseded pads - giving drivers control of immense braking power with minimal effort, to help improve braking performance.

LOAD CARRYING CONVENIENCE

A significant number of Levorg customers lead active lifestyles that involve skiing, surfing and other outdoor activities, so a greater number of seat configuration options are added to enhance rear seat and cargo space usability. Levorg is Subaru’s first model with a 40/20/40 split-fold rear seat. The new layout is particularly suited to loading long items. Even with two passengers seated in the rear, the centre seat can be folded, enabling equipment such as skis to be positioned from the cargo space. 

With three passengers and sizable cargo, the rear seat passenger can sit on either side of the car. As an additional safety measure, the Levorg is also the first Subaru to use oil dampers within the seats, limiting the speed at which seats fold, to prevent users from trapping their fingers.

The reclining function and one-touch folding function are retained too. The centre seat is designed so there is no step to the cargo space when folded down.

MULTI-FUNCTION DISPLAY (MFD)

The larger 5.9-inch MFD located in the centre dashboard offers a wide variety of information including:

  • Seatbelt warning for passengers
  • Automatic air conditioning operation status
  • Calendar, fuel economy screen, eco assessment screen, preventative safety, clock and outside temperature, self-check etc.

The display can be switched and various settings changed from both front passenger and driver’s seats.

COLOURS

  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Dark Grey Metallic
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Pure Red
  • Storm Grey Metallic – new
  • Lapis Blue Pearl
  • WR Blue – 2.0 STI Sport-only

LEVORG MY18 SPECIFICATIONS AT A GLANCE:

LEVORG 1.6 GT

SAFETY

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Automatic Vehicle Hold 
  • Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual side airbags
  • Dusk sensing LED steering responsive headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
  • EyeSight® Driver Assist System featuring:
  •      -Adaptive cruise control
  •      -Lane departure warning
  •      -Lane sway warning
  •      -Lead vehicle start alert
  •      -Pre-collision braking system
  •      -Pre-collision brake assist
  •      -Pre-collision throttle management
  •      -Pre-collision steering assist
  •      -Brake light recognition
  •      -Lane Keep Assist
  • Fog lights – front and rear
  • Four wheel disc brakes (ventilated)
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Front adjustable seatbelt anchorage
  • Rear door child lock
  • Rear seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Reverse camera
  • Seatbelt indicator lights
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Three-point A/ELR rear seatbelts
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (electronic stability control system)
  • Welcome lighting

INTERIOR

  • 6.2-inch touch screen AM/FM radio, single in-dash CD, six speakers
  • AUX jack +USB port
  • Bluetooth audio streaming 
  • Bottle holders in each door + two cup holders in centre console and rear
  • Cargo area light
  • Central locking – remote
  • Climate control air conditioning – dual zone
  • Cloth trim
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather trim steering wheel with audio controls; leather gearshift
  • Map lights (2)
  • Multi-Function Display (MFD) – 5.9 inches
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Privacy glass – rear
  • Push button start with smart key
  • Electroluminescent instrument cluster with Multi-Information Display
  • Seatback pockets
  • Subaru-branded front door sill panel
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • USB charger ports for rear passengers
  • Vanity mirrors - illuminated
  • 40/20/40 split/fold rear seat
  • 12V/120W power jacks

EXTERIOR

  • Double locking system
  • Electronic folding mirrors
  • Headlights auto off
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Rear diffuser
  • Rear cargo door spoiler
  • Rear LED brake lights
  • Rear roof mounted colour-coded shark fin radio antenna
  • Self-levelling automatic LED headlights with pop-up washers
  • Tail pipe covers
  • 17-inch alloy wheels – space saver spare

OTHER FEATURES

  • Auto lights and wipers
  • Auto Stop Start
  • DataDot security technology
  • Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
  • One-touch indicators
  • Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive)
  • 12-months Roadside Assist
  • Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty
  • 1.6 litre turbocharged engine. 125 kW/4800-5600 rpm, 250 Nm/1800-4800 rpm

LEVORG 1.6 GT PREMIUM ADDS:

  • Bilstein suspension
  • Black accents in headlights
  • Electric lumbar support (driver)
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front windscreen de-icer
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather trim with blue stitching
  • Power driver’s seat with dual memory function – 10-way adjustable, including lumbar
  • Factory fitted satellite navigation – 7.0-inch screen
  • Rear view mirror with auto glare function
  • Silver coloured mirrors
  • Smart Rearview Mirror
  • Sports front seats
  • Vision Assist Features
  •      -Side View Monitor
  •      -Blind Spot Detection
  •      -Lane Change Assist
  •      -Rear Cross Traffic Alerts
  •      -High Beam Assist
  •      -Front View Camera
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with gray accents – space saver spare
  • 2 x USB in lower centre dashboard

LEVORG 2.0 GT-S ADDS (does not include Auto Stop Start):

  • Sport # mode
  • 2.0 litre turbocharged engine. 197 kW/5600 rpm, 350 Nm/2400-5200 rpm
  • Black accents in wheels

LEVORG 2.0 STI SPORT (adds to 2.0 GT-S specification):

  • Exclusive maroon leather trimmed seats
  • Front bumper and grille unique to variant
  • Red stitching
  • STI exhaust tips
  • STI instrument cluster logo
  • STI side sill plates
  • STI steering wheel logo
  • STI tuned suspension
  • STI 18-inch alloy wheels
  • WR Blue colour option unique to variant

LEVORG MY 18 MANUFACTURER’S LIST PRICING*

  • Levorg 1.6 GT - $35,990
  • Levorg 1.6 GT Premium - $42,890
  • Levorg 2.0 GT-S - $49,140
  • Levorg 2.0 STI Sport - $51,990

*Prices are Subaru (Aust) Pty Limited’s Manufacturer’s List Prices only and include GST on the list price but exclude dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges. For the drive away price of Subaru vehicles consumers should be advised to contact their local authorised Subaru dealer.

Major changes to Subaru’s performance twins, the All-Wheel Drive turbocharged WRX and WRX STI, are set to add more white-hot thrills for drivers of the brand’s long-established pocket rockets.

Mechanical and cosmetic changes will drive the owner experience to a new adrenaline-charged level as the “Rex” pair add to their rally-backed reputation.

Driving performance, the features list and quality are all big winners in Subaru’s heavily revised Model Year 2018 line-up, which despite all the extra kit, still has a starting price of $39,240 Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP)* for WRX manual.

WRX and WRX STI share multiple external and cabin changes to produce even more sporty presence, including a revised nose with more aggressive grille design.

Even greater attention to interior quality adds to the air of exclusivity, while introduction of EyeSight® Driver Assist in WRX automatic transmission variants, extends Subaru’s dominance in bringing the potentially accident-avoiding technology to the masses.

All automatic WRXs also add an electronic parking brake and Automatic Vehicle Hold – meaning the driver doesn’t have to keep their foot on the brake pedal in situations such as traffic lights and road congestion.

Subaru’s performance flagship model introduces a new range-topper – the WRX STI spec.R, featuring Recaro seats.

Among the new features on all WRX variants:

  • Jurid performance brake pads – for superior fade resistance
  • Red painted brake callipers (front-only in auto variants)
  • New design 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Fog lights upgraded to LED
  • Revised suspension
  • Electric lumbar support – WRX Premium and WRX STI Premium

Every WRX and WRX STI also adds:

  • Steering responsive LED headlights, with LED Daytime Running Lights
  • 5.9-inch Multi-Function Display – upgraded from 4.3-inch - wider with higher definition, making viewing and reading data easier
  • Greater practicality and convenience, with the introduction of roof carrier brackets

Also new in entry-level WRX are dusk sensing headlights and rain sensing windscreen wipers, which are already featured in WRX Premium. WRX Premium adds a 8-way power seat with dual memory and electric lumbar support for the driver’s seat - and heated driver and front passenger seat. 

WRX Premium with Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) adds the EyeSight® Assist Monitor, which displays warnings and status on the lower windscreen. 

WRX STI also adds new sports features including:

  • Yellow Brembo 6-pot front + 2-pot rear brake callipers
  • Cross-drilled brake rotors – for even greater braking performance
  • 19-inch alloy wheels - for greater agility, handling and tremendous performance – the first time the larger wheels have featured on WRX STI
  • New front bumper and grille
  • Red seatbelts
  • Revised suspension - optimized roll rigidity, suspension coils and shock absorbers, for both excellent control, stability, and flat ride comfort

New on entry-level WRX STI are heated door mirrors, while WRX STI Premium and WRX STI spec.R also add the Front View Camera. WRX STI Premium also gets a 8-waypower and electric lumbar support driver’s seat, while spec.R adds eight-way adjustable Recaro driver’s seat, designed for both excellent support and comfort.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie said: “Current generation WRX and WRX STI have truly taken on a life of their own in sales terms, harking back to the success they achieved in first generation back in the late 1990s.

“WRX fans recognise the amazing value these cars represent – and also engineering integrity – which sees these fantastic fun cars growing their audience more than 23 years after they launched in Australia, to create a cult following that is now well and truly mainstream. These comprehensive changes right across the range underline that fun, value, performance and safety can go hand-in-hand.”

As with the entire Subaru new car range, every WRX and WRX STI has an independent five-star rating for occupant safety.

EXTERIOR

The outside of both WRX and WRX STI offers a high-performance look, with an even more aggressive face. The revised design evokes a more powerful, precise driving style, befitting their sports sedan capabilities.

The design blends functional elegance honed in the motorsport arena - through events like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring - with a high-impact visual statement in line with high-performance, spirited driving.

Among the detail exterior changes:

More refined front end common to new generation Subarus

  • The front retains the classic Subaru hexagonal grille and C-shaped design elements for head lights, but is revamped with a more seamless look, for a sharper style, reinforcing distinctive Subaru design and helping boost on-road presence.

Powerful front bumper and fog light bezel design, for better performance

  • The blacked out opening in the lower grille is enlarged for a much more potent look. Its shape also helps promote cooling capability, while adding to the cars’ dynamic, low centre-of-gravity feel.
  • The functional design of the fog light bezels in WRX is enhanced to produce a more performance-oriented look.

Newly designed LED headlights for a sharper look

  • Steering Responsive LED headlights, in both high and low beam modes. The use of a single light point in the headlights gives the front a sharper, more intense appearance.
  • Indicator lights are moved inside the headlights, simplifying the fog light bezels, with the updated shape making the opening look larger. This produces a lower looking stance similar to a race car.

New 19-inch wheels on WRX STI and 18-inch wheels on WRX

  • Further accentuate the cars’ driving potential, with a racing car look. The 19-inch forged alloy wheels on WRX STI symbolize the car’s very essence and its exceptional handling capability. The spokes also provide glimpses of the impressive brakes - a show of its performance potential. Both wheel sizes provide excellent functionality with their lightweight, high-rigidity design, and serve to enhance the car’s performance driving enjoyment. The wheel surface is finished with dark gun-metal paint, producing an extra sporty look. The newly-designed 18-inch wheels on all WRX variants also feature straight spokes and dark gun metal paint to create an even sportier finish.

Roof carrier brackets

  • WRX and WRX STI also offer utility with the addition of the brackets, making attaching and removing roof carrier accessories - such as bike and canoe racks - much easier

FRONT BUMPER

The front bumper is revamped with a design that evokes a more powerful, precise driving style. A border around the lower grille is blacked out with a spun-dyed geometric texture and the opening enlarged.

This improves cooling capability and also emphasizes the car’s powerful, low centre of gravity look.

GRILLE

The hexagonal grille is changed and the frame painted black, producing a sharper, well-defined shape. A line running from both sides of the Subaru Constellation six-star emblem is added, with the horizontal theme flowing through to the headlights, highlighting the distinctive Subaru design.

INTERIOR

The upgraded interiors on both WRX and WRX STI produce a sportier, prestigious feel. The cabin design adds to driving excitement and makes the cars even more enjoyable to own, with a black colour scheme that creates a sportier mood.

Changes for Model Year 2018 are focused on creating an even more engaging interior design and raising quality, with more cohesive interior finish and a greater sense of performance potential.

Interior decorations with a rigid, shiny black finish are increased to provide a sportier, elegant feel. WRX STI adds even more exclusive special touches, including Recaro seats in WRX STI spec.R, with excellent support; and red seatbelts befitting the brand’s performance flagship.

The cabin areas updated to color-coded black (WRX STI: high gloss black, WRX: black molding) include:

  • Door switch panel 
  • Instrument panel centre
  • Gear shift surround panel
  • Steering centre bezel

RECARO FRONT SEATS (WRX STI spec.R)

The Recaro seats are designed for both excellent support and comfort.

The shape around the shoulder area is wide, for a greater contact area with the occupant, reducing the pressure that the body is subjected to from forces generated when turning - maintaining a better seating posture.

Use of high-density urethane foam in the backrest and cushion ensures excellent ride comfort. The seats are designed with exceptional collision safety, as well as a full range of practical features like power adjustment – a first for Recaros in Subarus - seat heaters and seatback pockets. 

The Recaros offer the highest level of protection against whiplash and other collision effects. In WRX Premium and WRX STI Premium, electric lumbar support is added to the specification list.

Subaru’s second generation XV All-Wheel Drive Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) combines style and substance to deliver a highly capable high-riding package, set to surpass already impressive sales success. Upper range XVs launch with two all-new features on Australian Subarus: Lane Keep Assist and Reverse Automatic Braking, underlining the brand’s five-star safety credentials.

Range-topping XV 2.0i-S also adds High Beam Assist. Every XV also features Active Torque Vectoring, helping the car turn better and improving response with steering and control. And with X-Mode across the range adding to the off-road fun factor, XV offers a strong, sassy presence on both tarmac and dirt.

As announced last month, XV sales have begun with a reduced entry-level price of $27,990* Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP), representing great value-for-money XV also offers a sporty and contrasting interior to match the energetic exterior design, including amazing connectivity via new generation infotainment units. 

XV follows the hugely successful new generation Impreza to become the second model underpinned by the widely acclaimed Subaru Global Platform, boosting dynamic performance plus on and off road capability. Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “XV arrives at a pivotal time for Subaru, with our sales growing to a whole new level. First generation XV continued Subaru’s remarkable track record in Australia of exploring niche markets with considerable success. Just like Outback and Forester before it, our small SUV has carved a hugely successful path that will only grow with the debut of the even more capable second generation XV.

“It has the ideal combination of style and substance that will drive it to the next level in the hearts of Australian buyers. Features like X-Mode show XV is no pretender in the small SUV stakes. Ride height and full-time All-Wheel Drive also distinguish XV from the pack and I think we’re safe in saying that its genuine SUV credentials are unmatched in its class on dirt roads and trails, while offering equally impressive ability around town as a fun-themed and stylish wagon.”

As with Subaru’s entire Australian new car range, XV maintains a top five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

Among the XV range highlights: 

XV 2.0i

  • New generation touchscreen infotainment system featuring:
  •      -Apple CarPlay™ connectivity
  •      -Google Android Auto™ connectivity
  • Subaru Global Platform
  • Active Torque Vectoring
  • Front fog lights with integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 115 Kilowatts of power at 6000 rpm and 196 Newtonmetres of torque at 4000 rpm
  •      -Higher power output, up from 110 kW
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

XV 2.0i-L adds (to 2.0i specification):

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Premium cloth trim
  • Dual zone fully automatic air conditioning
  • Electric folding mirrors with integrated indicators
  • EyeSight® driver assist, with new Lane Keep Assist feature
  • Leather accented trim steering wheel and gear shift

XV 2.0i Premium adds (to 2.0i-L specification):

  • Electric sunroof
  • Factory fitted SatNav powered by TomTom

XV 2.0i-S adds (to 2.0i Premium specification):

  • Automatic head lights
  • Automatic front wipers
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • High Beam Assist
  • Leather accented trim
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Steering responsive LED head lights with integrated DRLs
  • Vision Assist features:
  •      -Blind Spot Monitoring
  •      -Lane Change Assist
  •      -Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  •      -Reverse Automatic Braking – debut feature in Australia
  • 18-inch wheels – pattern unique to the variant 

X-Mode

XV’s X-Mode feature makes it easier for drivers to safely navigate bad roads, slippery surfaces and steep hills, with just one switch. X-Mode’s status is indicated visually on the Multi-Function Display (MFD) screen. When X-Mode is engaged, at 40 km/h or less, status information is displayed on the MFD and instrument cluster, including Hill Descent Control and Vehicle Dynamics Control.

X-Mode centralizes control of the engine, All-Wheel Drive, brakes and other critical components to help ensure safe driving even on poor surfaces. Hill Descent Control helps maintain a constant speed when the vehicle is travelling down hill. 

Key X-Mode Controls:

At 40 km/h or less:

  • Engine Control Unit (ECU) – in low load range, the throttle opens slowly to avoid sudden torque changes and improves drivability
  • Traction Control Unit (TCU) – AWD clutch pressure is increased by around 25 per cent, controlling differential rotation between front and rear wheels, improving traction
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) – Enhances Limited Slip Differential (LSD) Control. To improve traction on slippery road surfaces, it counteracts differential rotation between left and right wheels by accelerating brake boosting speed and delaying reduction of brake pressure when wheel rotation returns to normal.

At 20 km/h or less:

  • VDC also uses Hill Descent Control (HDC) to control brakes on steep hills, so vehicle speed can be maintained when neither accelerator or brake pedals are pressed. It improves safety by allowing the driver to focus on steering without operating the brakes. HDC is automatically activated if speed is increasing on a descent, resulting in constant speed. Control is based on speed data, not hill angle. Therefore a constant speed can be maintained when the vehicle begins a descent from the flat. HDC brake control allows the driver to focus on safe steering while leaving braking to the vehicle.

Two new cars have entered the Australasian market this week with 5 star ANCAP safety ratings - the Subaru XV and Holden Astra sedan.

“The Astra sedan and XV offer high levels of protection to occupants across a variety of crash scenarios including frontal, side and rear-end crashes,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. The Subaru XV achieved a ‘Good’ pedestrian protection rating and a ‘Good’ rating for whiplash protection. The 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all variants.

“Autonomous emergency braking, which can assist the driver by braking automatically in a critical situation, is offered as standard on the three higher XV variants however it is not available on the base variant.”

The pedestrian protection rating for the Astra sedan was ‘Acceptable’ and its whiplash rating was ‘Good’. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is not available on the Astra sedan.

“It is disappointing autonomous emergency braking is not available across the board on two new models and we continue to encourage consumers to ask for, and brands to offer, this potentially life-saving technology,” said Goodwin. “As our requirements become more stringent next year, it will not be possible for new models to achieve a 5 star ANCAP safety rating without an effective AEB system fitted as standard.”