Subaru has collaborated with outdoor gear company Columbia for some time in other markets, and the latest result is the limited edition 2010 Forester X Columbia. This version swaps out the standard steel wheels for 16-inch alloys and adds fog lights, a roof rack, cargo tray, rear step panel, and a $500 voucher for actual Columbia gear. Not bad, but it's arguably a step down from the 2007 Forester X Columbia, which also got a sunroof and heated seats.

There will be 1,050 examples on offer and they go on sale in Australia beginning Monday, January 4. The "driveaway" price has been announced as $33,990 AUD for the manual ($30,486 USD – note: that's a straight conversion and does not correspond to the car's U.S. price), which is $600 less than the Forester X price on Subaru's Aussie site. Unless we're missing something, that can't be all bad for the country's best-selling crossover. Just for our Aussie readers, we've placed the official press release after the jump.

[Source: Subaru]


PRESS RELEASE:

01 Jan 2010
Special edition Forester X Columbia

Subaru has partnered with global sportswear company, Columbia, to produce a new special edition – the Forester X Columbia.

Australia's best selling SUV, the Forester, adds an extensive list of extras and is priced from just $33,990 driveaway.

Forester X Columbia is ready for weekend adventures adding 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, roof cross bars, cargo tray and rear step panel.

Special edition badging is also added and customers receive a $500 voucher to spend on Columbia merchandise.

Available in both manual and automatic transmissions, this special edition is available in all Forester colours.

Only 1050 are available, and are priced at $33,990 driveaway for the manual and $35,990 for the automatic.

Standard Forester features include:

· ABS brakes with EBD
· Airbags - dual front, side and curtain
· Air-conditioning
· All-Wheel Drive
· AM/FM radio/CD player
· DataDot security system
· Electronic throttle control system
· Headlights auto off
· Hill holder (manual only)
· Immobiliser security system
· Power steering, mirrors and windows
· Three year/unlimited kilometre warranty

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: "Forester is the highest-selling SUV in the country and is perfectly suited to the Australian lifestyle.

"It's a natural fit to partner with Columbia and we think this special edition offers customers a fantastic recreational package at a very competitive price."

The Forester X Columbia is on sale from 4 January 2010.

About Subaru

Every Subaru sold in Australia features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a horizontally opposed boxer engine, standard Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability program, and a five-star rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The result – driving confidence.