Subaru Forester, an all-wheel drive crossover station wagon was first introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1995. Replacing the 4-door Subaru Outback Sport, it went on sale in the U.S. in 1998. Appearing as a hybrid vehicle, Subaru Forester shared the same platform with Subaru Impreza. It was based on the subcompact Impreza station wagon with its roofline raised and a few inches added to the width and body length. Designed to have a “trucky” look, the sedan combined the attributes of a passenger car and a sport-utility vehicle. Subaru Forester meets the United States federal safety standards for Passenger Vehicles, featuring low center of gravity. For the first generation there were three models available: base, L, and S models. They were equipped with 2,5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, which produced 165 hp at 5600 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. A 5-speed manual transmission was standard, and 4-speed automatic was optional. The standard equipment included split folding rear seats and air conditioning. Antilock braking was available for L and S versions. In 2001 Forester L featured new three-point seatbelts for all five seating positions. There were also force limiters in the front, height-adjustable shoulder belt anchors for front and rear outboard positions, and rear seat headrests for all three seating positions. The S version featured rear disc brakes, larger wheels, a chrome grille, updated interior, and bigger power mirrors.
Second generation Subaru Forester was unveiled in 2003. Based on the new Impreza platform, the redesigned model featured aluminum hood, perforated rails, and a hydro-formed front sub-frame. Though the wheelbase stayed the same, the new Forester offered more front, rear leg and head room than the predecessor. The most noticeable change was the presenting of the turbocharged 2,5- liter model. As for safety, head-and-chest-protecting front side airbags were added to the list of standard equipment. The standard equipment also included air conditioning, power windows, tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and a CD player. Automatic-transmission model offered leather upholstery and the optional Premium Package. In 2007 there were 5 models: 2,5 X, the 2,5 X L.L. Bean edition, Sports 2,5 X, the 2,5 XT limited, and Sports 2,5 XT.
The third generation Forester was first introduced at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The model received SUV-like styling and got larger than the previous generation with increases in size appearing in the wheelbase (103 inches), length (179,5 inches), width (70,1 inches), and height (65,9 inches). For the third generation, five models are offered, 2.5 X, 2.5 X Premium, 2.5 X L.L. Bean (only till July 2008), 2.5 XT, and 2.5 XT Limited. The horizontally-opposed 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 170 hp and the turbocharged version makes 224 hp. Safety equipment includes traction control, front and curtain side airbags, an antiskid system, and antilock all-disc brakes. Gaining the status of best small SUV in 2004-2006, Subaru Forester was also 2009 Sport/Utility of the Year, according to Motor Trend, one of America's most respected automotive publications.
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