The latest car manufacturer to delve into the common realm of noir, Subaru has announced a brand-new 2018 Forester 2.5 i Black Edition Package. Available specifically on the 2.5 i Premium version of its popular AWD compact SUV, the Black Edition combines a choice of appropriately color-keyed cosmetic touches plus a number of practical upgrades. Used in Crystal Black Silica, Dark Gray Metallic, Crystal White Pearl and Ice Silver Metallic, this brand-new Subaru features 18-inch black-finished alloy wheels plus black accent cut on its foglamps, mirrors and badges while the chrome-framed grille brings blacked-out wing aspects. It also boasts steering-responsive LED headlamps from the Forester Touring/Limited.
Beyond the brand-new 2.5 i Black Edition, all 2.0 XT models add Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist headlamps while the 2.0 XT Touring trim also acquires Active Torque Vectoring chose from the WRX and WRX STI.
Inside, this most current Forester variant gets exclusive black fabric upholstery with synthetic leather side reinforces, a leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob, plus shifter paddles for its CVT automatic that control 6 virtual equipments– a touch previously just offered on XT Turbo models. Rounding out the $1,150 option group are the All-Weather Package, traction-enhancing X-Mode with Hill Descent Control, a rear freight tray and Welcome Lighting.
For 2018, the Forester lineup returns in 2.5 i, 2.5 i Premium, 2.5 i Limited and 2.5 i Touring spec with a 170-horsepower/2.5- liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder fighter engine as well as 2.0 XT Premium and Touring models with a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-4 that shows up the volume to 250 horse power.
Pricing for the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5 i with a 6-speed handbook transmission opens at $23,710– a bump of $200 over its 2017 sticker– and upgrading to the CVT includes $1,000 to that figure. The Forester 2.5 i Premium commands $26,510 (6M) or $27,100 (CVT) while the CVT-only 2.5 i Limited starts at $30,310, the 2.5 i Touring at $34,005, the Forester 2.0 XT Premium at $30,410 and the 2.0 XT Touring at $37,005, all including $915 in location.