Subaru will present at the SEMA Show the Forester XTI, a concept based on the Forester 2.5XT, while adding elements from the Impreza WRX STI.
The Forester XTI starts with the same drivetrain as the Impreza WRX STI, and then a stainless steel cat-back exhaust system from the Subaru Performance Tuning raises the output to 315 hp (up from 305) and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
The XTI Concept is fitted with 18 x 8-in. S204 forged alloy wheels, adjustable coil-over suspension, Brembo brakes, 4-piston front calipers, 2-piston rear calipers, Super Sport ABS and Electronic Brake-force Distribution.
Although there are a lot of extra add-ons to this car, we may be looking at something that is ready for production. After all, the Forester XT already uses the engine from the standard WRX, and the Forester and Impreza share so many major components (like the platform) that most WRX STI parts could easily fit in the Forester.
Subaru will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the Forester and Impreza models equipped with Subaru Boxer Diesel. Both models will go on sale in Europe after this autumn.
The Forester is a crossover SUV that not only offers safe and stable driving performance that is enhanced by Subaru’s unique Symmetrical AWD (all-wheel-drive) system, but it also excels in environmental friendliness. The Forester 2.0D model boasts the lowest CO2 emission level (167 g/km) in the compact SUV category.
The Impreza incorporates three core Subaru values: sophisticated styling; useful and convenient packaging; and a quality ride. Now with the addition of the Subaru Boxer Diesel, the six-speed manual transmission, and a finely tuned suspension, the 5-door hatchback Impreza 2.0D model offers agile and sporty drivability, comfort and advanced safety, along with environmental features.
Subaru today announced that the 2009 Subaru Forester earned the highest rating in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests. The Subaru Forester received five stars in both the frontal and side-impact crash tests for all seating positions.
"Subaru customers have come to expect the highest level of safety in their vehicles," said Thomas J. Doll, Executive Vice President, Subaru of America, Inc. "The Subaru Forester continues to deliver the highest levels of occupant safety as evidenced by its recent five star performance in the NHTSA NCAP tests."
New for 2009, all Subaru Forester models feature standard side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system and Brake Assist safety system. A roll-over sensor activates seatbelt pre-tensioners and the side-curtain air bags.
The all-new 2009 Subaru Forester has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s, "2008 Top Safety Pick" award. To win this award, a vehicle must offer superior overall crash protection among the vehicles in their class. To qualify, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of good in the Institute’s front, side, and rear tests and be equipped with electronic stability control.
"We are delighted that once again, a Subaru vehicle is recognized as a "Top Safety Pick", said Tom Doll, executive vice president and CFO for Subaru of America. "This award speaks to the quality work our engineers put into equipping our cars with industry leading safety while still making them affordable with standard all-wheel drive."
Criteria to win is tough because the award is intended to drive continued safety improvements such as top crash test ratings and the rapid addition of electronic stability control, which is standard on the Forester.
Subaru today announced the pricing for the all-new 2009 Forester that made its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show. The SUV starts from $19,995, a $1200 decrease compare with the previous model.
The naturally aspirated model is available in three trim levels; X, 2.5X Premium Package and 2.5X L.L. Bean (L.L. Bean equipped with automatic transmission only). The 2.5XT turbocharged model is available in standard X trim or as a Forester 2.5XT Limited model.
The 2.5X is priced of $19,995; the 2.5X with Premium Package, equipped with manual transmission, has a starting price of $22,495; the 2.5X L.L.Bean Edition with standard automatic transmission starts at $25,995 and the 2.5XT model starts at $26,195 and features a 2.5-liter, turbocharged engine that produces 224 HP.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, announced the debut of its new generation of Subaru Forester in Japan. The new Forester went on sale nationwide through Subaru dealerships on Christmas.
Subaru launched a teaser image of the 2009 Forester, model which, according to the Japanese page will be launched in 27 days. Also a member from NASIOC Forum published a few images scanned from a magazine. This give us a first look of how the future model will look like.
Subaru will unveil the all-new redesigned 2009 Forester next year at the Detroit Auto Show. As the previous model, the 2009 Forester will be built on the Impreza platform, so it can easily compete with Toyota RAV-4 and Honda CR-V.