Vehicle Launches

2022 Subaru Forester SUV enhances its appeal

Vehicle Launches
01 September 2021

The supremely popular Subaru Forester has been a top pick for Kiwi families as one of the most capable mid-sized SUVs on the market, winning New Zealand Car of the Year in 2019.

In September Armstrong’s will welcome the refreshed 2022 Subaru Forester to its Subaru dealerships in Lower Hutt and Christchurch.

The award-winning SUV’s front end has been refreshed with revised headlights, fog lights, front bumper, and grille treatment.

Subaru of New Zealand’s Managing Director Wallis Dumper says the 2022 Forester is simply more of a good thing.

“Over the years we’ve watched our capable Forester climb the sales ranks and after the game-changing, new generation was launched in 2018, its sales ascended close to our top-selling Subaru Outback.”

Subaru will offer a five model Forester line-up, which includes the self-titled Forester, X Sport, Premium, e-Boxer Hybrid and Premium e-Boxer Hybrid variants.

Subaru have added even more features to the Forester’s existing suite of impressive driving aids.

Added to Forester’s suite of EyeSight® features are:

  • Lane Centring Function
  • Lane Departure Prevention
  • Autonomous Emergency Steering

The 2022 Forester also boasts improved technology further enhancing its off-road capabilities.

Retuned front suspension coil springs and dampers improve ride comfort, steering responsiveness, and handling, while the new aluminium engine mount bracket reduces vibrations and noise.

For more challenging All-Wheel Drive terrain, X-Mode is also revised, with the ability to automatically re-engage once the vehicle speed drops to 35 km/h or less, while revised Hill Descent Control improves vehicle control speed.

The award-winning SUV’s front end has been refreshed with revised headlights, fog lights, front bumper and grille treatment.

2022 Subaru Forester – The Details

  • For improved driver vision in all variants, other than the entry model Forester, Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB) is updated to an array head lamp system.
  • An 8-inch touchscreen is now standard across the range – upgrading the Forester, and Forester e-Boxer Hybrid models, which previously had 6.5-inch screens.
  • Elsewhere in the cabin, an updated instrument panel design is introduced in Forester X Sport and Forester Premium.
  • In Forester X Sport, gunmetal and orange interior highlights are added throughout the cabin. Geometric black door mirrors are also exclusive to this variant.
  • Forester Premium gets platinum-coloured door armrest underside inserts.
  • Outside, Forester Premium and Forester Premium e-Boxer Hybrid feature new alloy wheel designs.
  • Forester X Sport is distinguished by a circular fog light design featuring six LED lights. This variant joins the Forester Premium and the e-Boxer Hybrid and Forester Premium e-Boxer Hybrid in receiving updated rear bumper lower cladding.
  • Forester Premium and both the Hybrid variants also have a revised silver roof rail finish.
  • New colours are Autumn Green, Brilliant Bronze and Cascade Green, which are available on all variants other than Forester X Sport.


Subaru Forester 2022 Recommended Retail Price*
Forester  AWD $42,990
Forester X Sport AWD $47,990
Forester Premium AWD $52,990
Forester e-Boxer Hybrid AWD $47,990
Forester Premium e-Boxer Hybrid  AWD $54,990


*Recommended Retail Pricing (RRP) includes GST. On road costs and accessories are not included.

**Overseas model shown in all accompanying images.


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