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Grip : GRIP January 2013
WHAT’S IN THE PRESS GRIP FORESTER 2.0XT MEETS THE PRESS ... CONTACT GRIP THE new Subaru Forester 2.0XT was launched to the national motoring media in north-east Victoria on January 22. Already the reports from the presentation and extensive drive program up the Murray River and back to Beechwor th are being published, and it is fair to say that those that have already driven the XT have walked away impressed. It was a blisteringly hot day – the mercury hitting 38 by the lunch stop at Walwa’s Upper Murray Valley Resort – but the car performed well on a wide range of road surfaces included in the drive. Here is what some of the early reports are saying. “The Subaru Forester XT used to be a thrashy, noisy, thirsty, over-engined, under-gearboxed SUV with average grip. Not anymore. ..... the new version - while still packing plenty of power - is a more mature and pleasing car to drive, but still with plenty of punch.” Matt Campbell, Fairfax Drive “The hooligan of the SUV class has gone to finishing school. The turbocharged version of the fourth generation Subaru Forester has grown a little older, a little wiser and a lot more refined.” Joshua Dowling, News Ltd Carsguide “On the road it doesn’t take long to be impressed by the new Forester XT’s downsized engine and CVT. We were mildly sceptical about the switch from an automatic transmission to a constantly variable unit, but the new 2.0 -litre turbocharged engine mated with Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT is a cracker of a marriage.” Anthony Crawford, caradvice.com.au “The Forester XT has always stood alone in the SUV segment, and while the new model perhaps lacks some of the character of its precursors, it’s bound to give the former WRX rev-heads a decent option for a family SUV.” Matt Campbell, Fairfax Drive “(On safety) I’m also going to include Subaru’s commendable decision to include a full-size spare tyre (in an era of space- savers) as a safety plus. Do you really want to be driving home precariously with one skinny wheel after a long weekend away? Didn’t think so.” Joshua Dowling, News Ltd Carsguide “But the new car can justify the price increases, with such enhancements as direct-injection for its Euro 5-compliant turbocharged 2.0 -litre horizontally-opposed engine, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) as standard.” Ken Gratton, carpoint. com.au “Off-road, the Subaru Forester XT displayed similar levels of composure and surefootedness across extremely dry tracks littered with loose stones.” Anthony Crawford, caradvice.com.au “ While power and performance have been increased, overt “boy racer” features such as the pronounced bonnet scoop have been deleted in favour of family friendly design elements, a more refined ride and better fuel economy.” Ron Hammerton, GoAuto “Every model in the new Subaru Forester lineup is a beauty but our vote goes to the XT. The turbocharged 2.0 -litre, sportier chassis dynamics and the technology included in the XT Premium model combine to get our vote.” Brad Leach, carshowroom.com.au INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE 40 YEARS OF SUBARU FORESTER XT SALES WINNERS IN THE PRESS NEWS BATHURST 12 HOUR TRENDS DEALER STATS SPORT Send your advert to us for the next issue of GRIP
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