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Subaru launches Forester MkIII, complete with more space, clearance, safety and value

Subaru logo14 Mar 2008

AFTER selling more than 105,000 Foresters in Australia since 1997, Subaru has given its (self-proclaimed) “most iconic model” a makeover that is designed to address the consumer resistance issues of the outgoing versions – namely, the lack of interior space and too utilitarian styling. This time around, the Forester is also larger, and almost proper SUV-like in fact, with more ground clearance. But refinement, safety, and value aspects have also been looked at, and all should give the Impreza-based Subaru a very strong presence in the hot compact SUV segment.
Model release date: 1 March 2008 to 1 January 2013

Previous model

Subaru Forester

Released: July 2005
Ended: March 2008
Family Tree: Forester

The second-generation Forester’s mid-life makeover saw a new nose, improved performance, better gearboxes and a host of other minor changes to keep it competitive against the ever-improving competition. The ‘atmo’ non-turbo 2.5-litre boxer four-cylinder petrol engine’s power and torque outputs rose to 121kW and 226Nm, while the hot-performing XT now registered 169kW and 320Nm. Model nomenclature remained – in ascending order – X, XS and XT, while the transmission choices were a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic with a new sequential-shift function.

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