In a somewhat mystifying move, Subaru has released a Forester special edition known as
the Forester 2.5X.

But from what we can see the only difference between it and the entry level Forester 2.5i
AWD is the infotainment unit.

There are no markings to differentiate the car, but digging a little deeper into the detail
reveals more.

The “absolute beloved classic”, gushes the PR department, will feature an exclusive 7.0-
inch Alpine audio unit that introduces wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Well, if you’re a user of either system, that’s going to make things easier not having to plug
in your phone. If you’re not . . . it’s nothing to get excited about.

But, hang on a second, doesn’t the entry model have an 8.0-inch touchscreen?

It certainly does and physical control knobs to go with it, making the job of accessing
features such as volume a whole lot easier.

You do, however, gain a new hidey hole freed up by the smaller unit for keys and pocket
change and the like.

Further investigation reveals the ‘Special Edition’ also loses the single CD player and
Voice Command Recognition, as well as dropping a USB port. There’s now just the one
USB-A socket.

Forester 2.5X is priced from $37,890 plus on-roads, the same as the entry 2.5i and will be
available in six colours, Crystal White, Ice Silver, Horizon Blue, Magnetite Grey, Crimson
Red and Brilliant Bronze.

Subaru Australia’s Blair Read, said: “Subaru Forester is one of our most popular high-
volume vehicles, with Australians opting to own this car due to its all-around capability,
excellent visibility, comfort and reliable drivability.

“We’re delighted to bring the Subaru Forester 2.5X AWD to the Australian market and offer
another great choice for Subaru customers.”

Great. Can’t see too many Forester drivers trading up on this one.

Sounds like they’ve run out of standard infotainment units and this is plan B to keep sales

Just saying.

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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