2015 Subaru Forester, front Subaru has announced updated information of the 2015 Forester SUV, which features a raft of changes to its interior, powertrain and drivability. A new diesel Lineartronic CVT powertrain is the major highlight for Subaru’s best-selling SUV in the U.K.

The 2015 Subaru Forester’s exterior remains unchanged, with the exception of a new shark-fin antenna which replaces the pole antenna found on the previous edition. Most of the enhancements for the Subaru Forester are found on the inside, in accordance with an effort 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 versions, 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. The system also takes on voice control as well as Bluetooth functionality that connects smartphones via the StarLink.

2015 Subaru Forester, interior

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 version, meanwhile, the MFD now features a turbo boost gauge for all versions fitted with the 241 ps 2.0-liter DIT (direct injection turbo) engine. Lastly, NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) throughout the cabin is further improved with the adoption of greater soundproofing material under the bonnet and around the air intake.

Subaru Forester: Lineartronic with Boxer diesel powertrain

2015 Subaru Forester, rear 3/4

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

By pairing the popular 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed ‘Boxer’ diesel engine with Lineartronic, the Forester promises a more relaxing drive and, at the same time, exemplary 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 Forester’s Lineartronic powertrain is the similar CVT found on the 240 ps XT Turbo version, and is engineered to manage the diesel engine’s high 350 Nm torque output.

The 148 ps Boxer diesel engine itself has also received a range of modifications designed to reduce NVH 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 range, aiding engine cooling.

With the new diesel engine and gearbox combination, the 2015 Subaru Forester returns 6.1l/100km (46.3 mpg) and 158 g/km CO2 on the combined cycle, and go from zero to 100 km/h in 9.6 seconds. Diesel versions equipped with the standard six-speed manual return 5.7l/100km (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 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds (down from 10.2 seconds).

The upgraded 2015 Subaru Forester hits dealerships on 1 April and is priced between 24,995 pounds (Subaru 2.0D X) up till 30,995 pounds (2.0 DIT XT Turbo Lineartronic).