The supremely developed Subaru transmission technology is designed to deliver every ounce of the Foresterís potential to the road surface at all times. There is a choice of precise manual and automatic transmissions that will keep you in full control, whilst working hand-in-hand with the Symmetrical AWD system to provide you with driving satisfaction in most conditions.

Manual transmission

To provide you with supreme control of your Forester, all vehicles are available with the combination of a 5-speed manual transmission and full-time AWD system with a viscous LSD centre differential. This proven fusion provides a superior shift feeling along with traction that enables the Forester to hug the road. Active driving is also boosted by the even distribution of torque between the front and rear wheels when traction balance changes or during slipping. The 2.0XS/2.0X models also feature a Dual-range system that allows you to switch between Hi/Lo gears, effectively doubling your ability to tackle rough road or cruising performance when towing.
This then works in tandem with the Vehicle Dynamics Control System that prevents lateral slipping, giving even finer control of the vehicle.

Automatic transmission

All Foresters are also available with a SPORTSHIFT* 4-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission. Changing exactly as you want, you can also opt for the sporty MANUAL mode which allows shifting up and down at will. Underwritten by an active torque split AWD system, torque is distributed to the front and rear wheels instantaneously to suit the conditions. This also works alongside the Vehicle Dynamics Control System when sensing lateral slipping, to give you even more control.

The new active torque split AWD system

Utilising high-tolerance sensors in each wheel and throughout the Forester, advanced processing technology is able to comprehensively analyse the vehicle driving conditions at any time. This data is then fed through to the transfer clutch which adjusts the torque distribution to all four wheels providing Dual-range select lever the optimum levels of grip.

*SPORTSHIFT is a registered trademark of Prodrive Ltd.

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