Launched in 1997, The Forester is a crossover SUV made by leading carmaker, Subaru, also known as Fuji Heavy Industries. The vehicle can accommodate up to five passengers and has outstanding cargo space. Since then, this sports utility vehicle has undergone significant advancements that wowed a lot of people. Through the generations, it has truly impressed the market with its innovations.
1997-2002: The Birth of the Subaru Forester
Back in 1995, the Subaru Forester was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show, but was only available in 1997 in Japanese market and in 1998 in the American market. It was an option for the market that was interested in purchasing compact SUVs, which were becoming popular during the time. The low center of gravity of the SUV impressed the American federal safety standards for passenger cars and did not even oblige a risk of rollover warning label on the visor. It also came with top-notch standard equipment that included power locks, cruise control, air conditioning, ABS, power windows, digital temp gauge, 24-hour roadside assistance, and tilt steering to name a few. However, the first generation ended in production in 2002.
2003-2008: Newer, Safer, Better
In 2003, the Subaru Forester second generation was launched and had significant improvements from the previous model. It came with perforated rails, a hydro-formed front sub-frame, and an aluminum hood. The XT debuted in 2003 too, which was a turbocharged Forester. The second generation model was also safer and was awarded a 4-Star NCAP safety rating, which was later increased to 5 stars. The XT model was rewarded the International Engine of the Year. It also came with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with a timing belt made of cord and rubber. However, the model ended in production in 2008.
2008-present: Modern and Magnificent
Back in 2007, the carmaker revealed that it was going to manufacture a 2008 Subaru Forester model. The American version of the SUV was launched at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It is now built with frameless side windows that were used back on old Subaru models in the 1970s. It’s taller, better, and has a better design than the previous generations. The current model has remarkable interior space and cargo capacity for a compact SUV. As for power, a five-speed manual was standard, whereas a four-speed auto became optional, depending on the driver. With comfortable interior and a lot of available equipment that makes the SUV convenient to drive, the Subaru Forester shall forever impress the potential market in the years to come.