Subaru Forester

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Subaru Forester
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2003-05 Subaru Forester XS
ManufacturerSubaru
Parent companyFuji Heavy Industries
Also calledChevrolet Forester
Production1997–present
AssemblyŌta, Gunma, Japan
ClassCompact crossover SUV
Body style(s)4-door wagon
LayoutFront engine, four-wheel drive
Transmission(s)4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Fuel capacity60 L (15.9 U.S. gal)
First generation
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1998-2000 Subaru Forester (US)
Production1997–2002
Engine(s)2.0 L H4
2.0 L H4 turbo
2.5 L 165 hp H4
2.5 L 210 hp H4
Wheelbase2525 mm (0 in)
Length1998–2000: 4450 mm (0 in)
2001–02: 4460 mm (0 in)
Width1735 mm (0 in)
Height1650 mm (0 in)
RelatedSubaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza WRX
Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Second generation
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2003-05 Subaru Forester X
Production2003-2008
Engine(s)2.5 L 173vhp H4
2.5 L 224 hp H4
Wheelbase2525 mm (0 in)
Length2003–05: 4450 mm (0 in)
2006–08: 4485 mm (0 in)
Width1735 mm (0 in)
Height1650 mm (0 in)
Sports 2.5X: 1590 mm (0 in)
Sports 2.5XT: 1585 mm (0 in)
RelatedSubaru Impreza
Saab 9-2X
Subaru Impreza WRX
Subaru Impreza WRX STi
The Subaru Forester, is a compact crossover SUV produced since 1997 by the Japanese automaker Subaru. Released in the United States in 1998, it is based on the chassis of the Subaru Impreza.

Characteristics

As with all Subaru models marketed in the United States and other international markets since the early 1990s, the Forester is equipped with an all-wheel drive drivetrain. Subaru advertising employed the slogan SUV tough, Car Easy to appeal to the SUV-oriented market; and to this end, the Forester has features associated with SUVs such as a large, boxy cargo area and more ground clearance than other Subaru models (although it employs a unibody architecture, rather than a body-on-frame construction associated with some large trucks and large SUVs). The Forester, up until recently, was also sold in India as a Chevrolet alongside other Chevrolet models sold there. However since General Motors no longer holds an ownership stake in Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, sales in India of the Chevrolet-badged Forester have ended. The Forester is produced at the Gunma Yajima Factory in Japan.

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2003-2005 Subaru Forester XT (US)
In 2003, a turbocharged Forester, the XT, was released alongside the naturally-aspirated X and XS in the United States as a 2004 model, however the same model had been available since the late 1990s elsewhere in the world. The XT model features a 2.5 L turbocharged engine mated with the same Mitsubishi TD04 turbocharger used in the Subaru Impreza WRX. In fact, the engine in the 2004 to 2005 Forester XT is identical to the American market Subaru Impreza WRX STi except for using the smaller TD04 turbocharger from the WRX, a smaller intercooler, different exhaust system, and different engine management programming. Those seeking additional power for their Forester XT can replace the turbocharger and intercooler with used STI components which are readily available.

The 2003 Forester features weight-saving refinements such as an aluminum hood, perforated rails, and a hydro-formed front frame. The Forester was Car and Driver magazine's Best Small SUV for 2004, 2005 and 2006.

In 2005, Subaru launched an STI variant of the Forester, the Forester STI for the Japanese Market. It shared the same engine as the 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, but thanks to different tuning generated 320BHP.

In 2006, the turbocharged engine (powering the Forester XT) was awarded International Engine of the Year.[1][2] This engine is also used in the Subaru Impreza WRX, as well as the re-badged Saab 9-2X.

1997–2002

Australia

The Forester had four main models available in Australia:
  • GX - naturally-aspirated 2.0 L flat-4, 92 kW
Engine Size 1994cc (2.0)

Compression Ratio 9.7:1

Dual range gearbox - manual only

Acceleration 0-100Km/h 10.7 secs
  • Limited - naturally-aspirated 2.0 L flat-4, 92 kW
Engine Size 1994cc (2.0)

Compression Ratio 9.7:1

Dual range gearbox - manual only

Acceleration 0-100Km/h 10.7 secs
  • Special Edition - naturally-aspirated 2.0 L flat-4, 92 kW
Engine Size 1994cc (2.0)

Compression Ratio 9.7:1

Dual range gearbox - manual only

Acceleration 0-100Km/h 10.7 secs
  • GT - turbocharged 2.0 L flat-4, 130 kW
Engine Size 1994cc (2.0)

Turbo TF035

Compression Ratio 8.5:1

Acceleration 0-100Km/h 8.4 secs

2003-2005

Australia

The Forester has three main models available in Australia until July 2005.
  • X - naturally-aspirated 2.5 L flat-4, 112 kW (150 hp)
  • XS - naturally-aspirated 2.5 L flat-4, 112 kW (150 hp)
  • XT - turbocharged 2.5 L flat-4, 155 kW (208 hp)

Safety

MY03-04 Models has a 4 Star ANCAP safety rating MY05 Forester Model had a mid-life update, the update increased its ANCAP safety rating to 5 Stars.

2006-present

US

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2006-2007 Subaru Forester (US)
For 2006, the Forester exterior received a styling update. Just two models are produced:
  • 2.5 X - naturally-aspirated 2.5 L flat-4, 173 hp (129 kW)
  • 2.5 XT Limited - turbocharged 2.5 L flat-4, 224 hp (171 kW)
In 2007, the Forester line was expanded to 5 models:
  • 2.5 X
  • 2.5 X L.L. Bean edition
  • Sports 2.5 X
  • 2.5 XT Limited
  • Sports 2.5 XT

Australia

The Forester has three main models available in Australia from August 2005:
  • X - naturally-aspirated 2.5 L flat-4, 121 kW (162 hp)
  • XS - naturally-aspirated 2.5 L flat-4, 121 kW (162 hp)
  • XT - turbocharged 2.5 L flat-4, 169 kW (226 hp)

Subaru Forester X 2006 at the Melbourne International Motor Show

Subaru Forester XT 2006 at the Melbourne International Motor Show


The difference between the X and the XS is the styling of the car through its accessories. Both the XS and the XT come with the option of having a "Luxury Pack" fitted - allowing for leather seats and a sunroof. Besides the difference in engine between the X or XS when compared to the XT, there are other minor styling differences like the addition of a Momo steering wheel as standard on the XT model. Both the XS and XT include curtain airbags, whereas the X does not.

Future

The Forester will be redesigned for the 2009 model year.

Awards

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Subaru

Division of Fuji Heavy Industries
Founded FHI established July 7, 1953
first Subaru car introduced 1954
Headquarters Ota, Gunma, Japan

Key people Ikuo Mori, President and CEO
Kenji Kita, founder of Subaru division
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Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Public corporation TYO: 7270
Founded Established 1953-07-15
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan

Key people Ikuo Mori, President and CEO
Industry transportation equipment manufacturing
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Gunma Prefecture (群馬県; Gunma-ken)

Capital Maebashi
Region Kantō
Island Honshū
Governor Hiroyuki Kodera
Area 6,363.
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Subaru Impreza is a compact car that was first introduced by Subaru in 1993.

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