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Subaru gives the Forester a major freshen up to keep pace with other key players

Subaru logo4 Oct 2002

THE original Forester proved wildly successful for Subaru. Debuting Down Under in 1997, it sold in big numbers until the end of its life cycle five years later. The turbocharged GT flagship was a hit with buyers wanting sports car performance from their suburban off-roader, and - along with the Impreza WRX - played a major role in re-establishing the marque after a grim period during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The new Forester may look a lot like the original, but that's a result of the evolutionary way Subaru goes about its new models. Underneath the revised exterior are plenty of improvements and refinements to keep Forester fresh, from its improved new Impreza-based chassis, to a new interior and the larger, 2.5-litre boxer engine.
Model release date: 1 July 2002 to 1 June 2005

Previous model

Subaru Forester

Released: August 1997
Ended: June 2002
Family Tree: Forester

A FOURTH model line to a burgeoning Subaru range in mid-1997, Forester was seen as a spiritual successor to the legendary '80s Touring wagon. Initially offered in 2.0-litre GX and RX Limited form, the Forester range was topped by the GT turbo in September, 1998. Comprising simply the Forester and Forester Limited, the revised 2000 Model Year line-up was replaced by the second generation Forester in July, 2002.

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