Subaru U.S.A. has announced pricing for the 2018 Forester models, along with the introduction of the new 2.5i Black Edition package. The Forester has a starting price of USD 22,795.

The 2018 Forester 2.5i is available in standard, Premium, Limited and Touring trims and is powered by a 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard for the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium, with optional Lineartronic CVT. The Forester 2.0XT is available in Premium and Touring trims and powered by a 250-hp 2.0-liter intercooled, turbocharged 4-cylinder BOXER engine. All Forester models come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

In looks, the 2018 Forester takes up a stylish front bumper cover and hexagonal grille with Subaru’s signature C-shaped headlights and black inner bezels. The rear combination lights also feature a prominent C shape with LED illumination.

The Forester Premium comes with a panoramic power moonroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, EyeSight, X- Mode with Hill Descent Control, automatic HVAC controls, body color rear roof spoiler and a 10-way power driver’s seat, as well as a power rear gate with auto close and height memory. An All-Weather Package including heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats and windshield wiper de-icer comes standard on
Premium trim and above. All Forester trims incorporate Subaru’s STARLINK Multimedia systems that provide hands-free connectivity and entertainment services; either on a 6.2-inch or 7.0-inch touchscreen, depending on trim levels.

A new Forester 2.5i Black Edition package is an upgrade from the 2.5i Premium, with Lineartronic CVT featuring paddle shifters previously available only on turbo models that control a 6-speed manual mode. The package also comes standard with X-Mode and Hill Descent Control and LED Steering Responsive Headlights. The Black Edition rides on 18-inch black alloy wheels; fog lights with black accent trim; black finish exterior badges and mirrors; and a front grille with blacked-out wing motif and chrome frame. The package is offered on 4 exterior colors.

Inside, the exclusive black cloth upholstery seats with simulated leather bolsters are complimented by a silver metallic and black gloss finish center dash panel. Other highlights include leather-wrapped steering and shift handle, the chrome-finish door handles, and the all-weather Package with rear cargo tray and welcome lighting. The 2.5i Forester Black Edition is available exclusively on Premium trim as an option package. In addition, Forester limited trim upgrades to silver metallic with gloss black finish center dash panel trim and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever handle. Perforated leather-trimmed upholstery and a 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support are also included with this trim level. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are standard features on the Limited along with welcome light. EyeSight-equipped models include High Beam Assist, LED Steering Responsive Headlights, Automatic Low & High Beam Height Adjustment and Reverse Auto Braking. A power rear gate with auto close and height memory is standard on the Limited.

The top-of-the-line Touring models are distinguished by 18-inch alloy wheels, black with chrome trim side cladding and foldable, body colored exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. Touring trims are available with Black or Saddle Brown interiors. 10-way power driver’s seat with two-position memory (includes power lumbar support), as well as Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and heated steering wheel. Active Torque Vectoring, first introduced on the WRX and WRX STI, is now standard all 2.0XT Touring models. Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist headlights are included on Touring models.

Edited: Subaru U.S.A.