2023 Subaru Forester 2.5X AWD gets aftermarket head unit

Subaru Australia has added a special version of its Forester SUV to the range, replacing the base model’s infotainment unit with a third-party system.

Priced at the same $ 37,890 plus road costs as the Forester 2.5i AWD it is based on, the 2.5X is expected to arrive “before Christmas 2022” and replaces the standard 8.0-inch infotainment system installed. from the factory from a 7.0-inch Alpine. wireless smartphone mirrored drive.

The reason for the change has not been confirmed, but is likely due to ongoing component shortages.

It is also unclear whether the 2.5i AWD is currently unavailable and if so, for how long – CarExpert is awaiting further feedback from the brand’s local subsidiary.

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While the third-party head unit brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless to the Forester range, it lacks 1.0 inches of display space, CD player, over-the-air (OTA) upgrade capability, and voice. normal recognition of system commands. There’s also one less USB-A socket, bringing the total to one.

The 2.5X AWD retains the six-speaker audio of the 2.5i AWD, the AUX jack, AM / FM / DAB + radio tuner, plus Bluetooth phone and audio streaming functions.

Six exterior colors will be available for the special edition; Crystal white, ice silver, horizon blue, magnetite gray, crimson red and shiny bronze.

The Forester 2.5X AWD also retains the full suite of active and passive safety technologies of the regular car.

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Subaru Forester 2023 price

  • Subaru Forester 2.5i of 2023: $ 37,890
  • Subaru Forester 2.5X 2023: $ 37,890 (NEW)
  • Subaru Forester 2.5iL 2023: $ 40,290
  • Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 2023: $ 43,090
  • Subaru Forester Hybrid L 2023: $ 43,290
  • Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport 2023: $ 44,840
  • Subaru Forester 2.5iS of 2023: $ 46,340
  • Subaru Forester Hybrid S 2023: $ 49,340

Prices do not include road tolls

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