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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.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      i have a question, why are most european/australian headlights white/clear? [compared to cars that come to america]
        • 5 Years Ago
        North American law says that cars have to have amber front and red rear side marker lights. I guess there has to be an amber reflector too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Correct indijanac - they do flash amber when indicating. It really improves the look of the cars too!

      A question for Autoblog though as one of your Australian readers - Foresters are decent vehicles (except for the big drop in interior quality across the Subaru range), but of all the interesting cars we get here why place a press release on such an ordinary car? You ought to post something like the new Oz-specific AMG Performance Pack for the Benz C63...
        • 5 Years Ago
        If I had to guess, I'd say it was because it was a very very slow news day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Call me when there's a turbo+manual available on the US Forester again. Forester STi perhaps?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Word. I miss the previous boxy Forester. The "sport" XT with the black mesh grill and stuff was nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It does look good, especially that kind of blue.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good idea for the roof rack. They can keep the rest of that stuff and give me like a skid plate or maybe some bigger tires or something. Nothing to gaudy as it wouldn't fit on a Subaru. This is an Eddie Bauer edition rip off. 500 dollars for gear is cool though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Huh? No LL Bean edition?
      • 5 Years Ago
      YESSSS
      • 5 Years Ago
      does it come with compartments to hide the coke and the AK?
      • 5 Years Ago
      is it just me or does this look like a rebadged Dacia Sandero? or Vice Versa?
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