The new Subaru Forester e-BOXER
The new Subaru Forester e-BOXER

Subaru Ireland has launched the new Subaru Forester e-BOXER in Ireland.

The new Forester hybrid will go on sale here priced from €45,545 and is the first Subaru to feature the e-BOXER power.

All wheel drive comes as standard as does a customised Lineartronic transmission that integrates an electric motor, powered by a high-performance Lithium ion battery, DC/DC Converter and Electric Motor Inverter. There is 220 millimetres of ground clearance, along with the widest possible approach and departure angles for off-roading and a towing capacity of 1,870kg.

First launched in 1997, the fifth-generation Forester is built on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) and has been engineered to be more comfortable and dynamic.

The new Subaru Forester e-BOXER uses a direct-injection 2.0-litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine. 80% the components are new. The hybrid system adjusts the power-split ratio between the engine and the electric motor to match the driving condition, offering three driving modes: Engine driving, EV driving, and Motor Assist driving.

From standstill, or at low speed, the electric motor alone powers the vehicle. Depending on the vehicle and battery condition, it can drive on EV-Mode for distances ranging up to about 1.6km and up to 80km/h. At medium speeds, power from both the motor and the engine combine to give a responsive, linear and fuel-efficient acceleration, while at high-speed the 2.0-litre BOXER powers the vehicle while recharging the battery.

The interior of the new Subaru Forester e-BOXER
The interior of the new Subaru Forester e-BOXER

Safety technologies as standard include EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, and Driver Monitoring System, a new facial recognition technology that alerts the driver of fatigue or distraction while on the road, as well as automatically adjusting driver settings for seat position, door mirror angles, and air-conditioning preferences for added comfort. Additionally, the new model introduces the Reverse Automatic Braking, to help avoiding collisions when reversing and reduces the damage in case of collision.

The new Forester e-BOXER is roomier inside with overall width increased by 20mm to provide more front seat comfort. The wheelbase was stretched 30 mm, as a result, the distance between the front and the rear seat passenger was extended by 33mm for improved rear seat comfort.

The all new Forester is priced at €45,545 for the XE model and is equipped with LED headlights, keyless entry and electrically adjustable driver’s seat as standard (in addition to the Driver monitoring system, Eyesight and X-Mode 2 functions). The XE Premium edition is priced at €49,245 and includes 18” alloys, sunroof, leather seats, satellite navigation, power tailgate, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel.

The new Subaru Forester e-BOXER is available now from Subaru’s 12 dealers in Ireland.