Subaru Ireland has announced the arrival of the all-new Forester.

Pricing is competitive, with reductions of roughly 7% on the outgoing model, despite an array of improvements in safety, refinement and dynamics.

Prices start at €34,995 for the new 2.0D X diesel, or the new, low CO2 2.0i XE Lineartronic CVT automatic, rising to €38,295 for the range-topping 2.0D XC.

New Forester will build upon the model's reputation as a go-anywhere, user-friendly SUV with improved performance, safety and efficiency and a more spacious and better appointed cabin.

Subaru's unique Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system remains at the heart of the Forester, while a low centre of gravity and improved body rigidity contribute to improved refinement and a typically engaging drive on the road.

The engine line-up includes 2.0-litre Boxer diesel and petrol units, with all units showing improved CO2 and economy figures over the outgoing model.

The new Subaru Forester is the fourth-generation of the SUV and is expected to quickly become the Japanese brand's most popular model.

Last year, the Forester accounted for 170,000 sales globally – 27% of Subaru's total sales – with 15,000 sold in Europe.