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2009 Subaru Forester news, pictures, and information
NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW PREVIEW: SUBARU RELEASES FIRST PHOTOS OF ALL-NEW 2009 FORESTER CROSSOVER SUV• All-New Design wîth Improved Comfort, Space and Útility
• All-New Platform With Sport-Sedan Dynamics
• Standard Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
Subaru of America, Inc. today released the first official photos of the all-new, third-generation 2009 Forester, a total re-design of the award-winning crossover utility vehicle (CÚV) that will debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January. The 2009 Forester, which arrives in Subaru dealerships this spring, builds upon its predecessor's reputation as an icon of safety, dependability and versatility. The new-generation 2009 model projects a bolder, more SÚV-like design and making a major leap in safety technology, comfort, refinement and driving dynamics.
As wîth all Subaru models, the 2009 Forester comes equipped as standard wîth Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. An all-new platform featuring a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase (now 103.0 inches) and double-wishbone rear suspension improves crash-worthiness and at the same time provides crisper handling, a quieter ride and increased interior space and cargo room. The 2009 Forester once again blends positive SÚV attributes including a high seating point and interior versatility wîth passenger car comfort, handling and fuel efficiency.
|Engine : 2.5 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 170 hp
Torque: 170 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.5 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 224 hp
Torque: 226 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 4-speed Automatic
Manual-transmission models also feature Incline Start Assist, which can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.
Even wîth its bolder exterior and roomier interior, the new 2009 Forester is only about three inches longer than its predecessor, thus retaining the trim exterior packaging cited by Forester owners as one of this model's most essential features. A robust body structure, heavy-duty raised four-wheel independent suspension system and up to 8.9 inches of ground clearance help make Forester equally adept at negotiating twisty roads and absorbing ruts and bumps.
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE WITH GREATER COMFORT AND VERSATILITY
The 2009 Forester offers naturally aspirated and turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter Boxer engines, both revised to provide better low-end and mid-range torque for more responsive everyday performance. New interior materials, including double-stitched fabrics and high-grade plastics, impart a feeling of higher quality. As before, Forester is offered in a wide array of models, wîth the 2009 Forester 2.5 X offering one of the best values in the crossover SÚV §egmènt and the range-topping Forester L.L.Bean Edition offering more luxury without compromising the vehicle's sporty nature.
The 2009 Forester offers a navigation system for the first time as well as advanced audio system upgrade options. The 2009 Forester comes pre-wired for XM® or SIRIÚS® Satellite Radio. An auxiliary audio input jack enables connection of an iPod® or MP3 player.Source - Subaru
FHI Introduces All-New Subaru ForesterFuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced the debut of its new generation of Subaru Forester in Japan. The new Forester went on sale nationwide through Subaru dealerships today.
The third-generation Forester is a new-generation crossover SÚV from Subaru, a car that meets the demands and needs of everyday driving. It has been designed around the concept of Best Package for Active Life, which blends high levels of comfort, performance, versatility, and safety to create the best and most versatile vehicle for drivers and their families to enjoy an active lifestyle.
Since its launch in February 1997 the Forester has earned accolades in Japan and overseas as a crossover SÚV that combines passenger car comfort, handling and convenience wîth the high seating points and rugged off-road capability of an SÚV.
FHI offers three new Forester models: • 2.0X is the basic line wîth selected standard equipment, priced in a more affordable range, and offering outstanding fuel economy
• 2.0XS features convenience and versatility wîth expanded standard equipment and offers superb fuel economy
• 2.0XT is a premium model, delivering powerful driving performance while addressing environmental concerns
1. Packaging and utility
The new Forester has realized ideal proportions that provide ample interior space and offer improved utility without substantially enlarging the body size.
• Compared to the previous model, the new Forester is 110 mm taller (excluding the roof rail) and 45 mm wider, and its wheelbase has been expanded by 90 mm, increasing interior space and improving riding comfort. On the other hand, the overall distance between the ends of the right and left door mirrors has been shortened by 10 mm through mirror position and design changes. Also, the minimum turning radius was made shorter by 0.1 meter for zippy handling.
• Off-road capability is further improved by optimization of approach and departure angles, coupled wîth a generous 225-mm ground clearance. (2.0XT only. The ground clearance on the 2.0X and 2.0XS is 215 mm.)
• The double-wishbone rear suspension makes room for a deeper and wider luggage compartment. This enhances the utility of this car that already features cargo area tie-down hooks and a DC12V/120W power outlet, as well as a push button switch for folding down the rear seatbacks.
• Larger door openings, which are enabled through new sash construction, afford improved ingress and egress, and the rear doors open 75 degrees to allow for better rear seat access.
• Through the enhancement of body rigidity, less road noise reaches the interior of the car. All door openings are sealed wîth double-layered weather stripping placed along the door trim for the optimal pressure to tightly seal the doors and ensure a quieter ride.
• The multi-functional center console provides a spacious compartment that can accommodate an A4-size notebook PC and a purse of equivalent size. It also incorporates a removable tray that can be used to hold portable media players and cell phones. The console compartment has a sliding lid that is cushioned on top to serve as an armrest.
• A retractable rear tray wîth a cup holder is installed between the rear seats, further elevating rear passenger comfort. (Available on the 2.0XS and 2.0XT)
Cosmopolitan sophistication is integrated into bolder SÚV design elements, making the new Forester an SÚV that is suitable to drive on business occasions.
• Streamlined, yet sculpted styling evokes images of powerful, well defined muscles carved out of stone.
• Sharply defined character lines running from the sides of headlights to the tail lights, combined wîth boxed front fenders and projected rear quarter panels, accentuate a more pronounced SÚV profile.
• The center of the redesigned front grill is metallic gray in color, making a sharp yet elegant contrast to its chrome-plated contours.
• Headlamps are chrome-plated on the inside to project the light outward evenly. Rear lights are clustered and designed to highlight a luminous and translucent look in the rear styling.
• 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wîth distinctively sculptured spokes emphasize the vehicle's commanding presence and high quality. 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels also feature sharp lines of spokes, expressing high quality and smartness.
• Eight exterior colors are available.
The vehicle information display, which constantly shows outside temperature, average mileage and time on the digital clock, as well as a navigation screen and audio display, are placed nearer the top of the dashboard for improved visibility and functionality.
The front seat cushions employ highly resilient urethane materials that effectively absorb vibration during a drive. In addition, newly developed seatback springs firmly support the driver's hips and back to maintain the optimal driving position.
3. Power units
2.0-L DOHC engines on the 2.0X and 2.0XS
Powered by regular gasoline, the 2.0-L naturally aspirated Boxer engine features better combustion efficiency, as well as eco-friendly performance and fuel economy, thanks to a newly designed DOHC cylinder head and the use of the active valve control system (AVCS).
Fuel economy has been improved wîth the redesigned DOHC cylinder head, as well as through optimization of the compression ratio and reduction of the volume of the combustion chamber.
Low-end and mid-range torque is improved, while better fuel economy and lower gas emissions are achieved, primarily through design changes in the engine that generate a stronger tumble gas flow and raise gas intake efficiency.
The use of AVCS contributes to higher power output, while fuel economy is also achieved by improving combustion efficiency through the optimized timing of valve openings and closings.
A design change in the cooling water channel around the spark plug further prevents engine knocking and also helps improve low-end and mid-range torque output.
With the optimization of the diameter and length of the intake manifold, and the adoption of the equal length/constant pulsation independent exhaust system, the engine's intake and exhaust performance has been elevated.
Two catalytic convertors have been placed in tandem. The layout enables the convertors to quickly heat up, which facilitates catalytic activation during engine startup and improves on emission reduction efficiency.
The twin mufflers expand the muffler capacity, bringing noise levels down even lower and reducing exhaust back pressure.
2.0-L DOHC Turbo engine
A newly developed DOHC cylinder head is used in this engine. The intake port and the combustion chamber have been redesigned to reduce residual gasses, thus raising combustion efficiency.
By using a resin-based intake manifold, the inner walls of the manifold are smooth and less resistant to the intake flow. The weight is also reduced by 30% compared to the earlier manifold.
A design change in the cooling water channel around the spark plug further prevents engine knocking and also helps improve low-end and mid-range torque output.
The injector nozzle has been redesigned to atomize fuel and finely disperse it into the combustion chamber for improved combustion. This also helps reduce harmful substances in emissions.
Also adopted is a secondary air system that forces air into the exhaust port to burn out any gasoline remaining in it. The system helps eliminate harmful substances when the powertrain is still cool, and it promotes early activation of catalytic converters.
The twin mufflers expand the muffler capacity, bringing noise levels down even lower and reducing exhaust back pressure.
An expanded ground clearance further improves the off-road capability of the vehicle. The raising of the clearance does not alter the low center of gravity that is attained by mounting the engine low in the vehicle, thereby securing outstanding vehicle stability.
4-speed AT models are equipped wîth the Sportshift gear selection. By optimizing the final gear ratio and torque convertor characteristics, as well as through reducing friction among part assemblies, driving performance and fuel economy has been improved. The N Control System on AT models automatically shifts the transmission back to neutral from driving positions after the brake pedal is depressed for some time. Gear shift operation has also been enhanced by the redesigned shift lever positions and the use of roller bearings.
(Sport shift is the trademark of Prodrive Ltd.)
The SI-Dive (Subaru Intelligent Drive) system on the 2.0XT model offers three different modes of driving for the driver to enjoy: Intelligent; Sport; and Sport Sharp.
Gear ratios on MT models, from the second through the five-speed, as well as the final drive gear ratio, have been modified to improve driving performance and fuel economy. Reducing friction inside the transmission also contributes to better gear shift operation on MT models.
The Active Torque Split AWD system is mounted on AT models. MT models come wîth the center differential AWD system wîth viscous LSD (limited slip differential). Both AWD systems distribute optimal power to the wheels wîth the firm grip and traction, providing unrivalled vehicle stability.
The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) is standards on all models. Fed by information gathered by sensors that monitor vehicle and road conditions, the VDC coordinates the engine, transmission, and brakes in order to recover the vehicle's position should unstable movements occur on a slippery road.
4. Chassis and body construction
The new Forester was developed on the basis of a new chassis concept, the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (Subaru DC3). Integrating robust body structure wîth finely tuned chassis elements, vehicle stability and excellent comfort are perfectly blended in the new model.
The vehicle is equipped wîth a strut-type front suspension and the newly designed double-wishbone rear suspension. Its widened tread, and optimized suspension geometry settings wîth adjusted camber angles and toe-in alignment have made substantial improvements in road-hugging traction and riding comfort.
A new double-wishbone rear suspension is mounted on the sub frame, which provides improved ride and handling, as well as helps to reduce road noise.
The §teering gear box construction adopts a low-hysteresis cannon mount method that further enhances linear §teering movements.
The power §teering system on the 2.0X and the 2.0XS ensures smooth §teering and contributes to fuel mileage through an electronic control that responds to the speed of the vehicle and §teering maneuvers.
Four-wheel disc ABS brakes come wîth the Brake Assist system, which detects the depressed pressure put on the brake to control braking appropriately in an emergency.
MT models feature Incline Start Assist, which can prevent the vehicle from momentarily rolling backward when accelerating away from a stop on an incline.
Models wîth 16-inch wheels use 215/65R16; models wîth 17-inch wheels feature 225/55R17 tires. Both are capable of balancing various vehicle elements, including stability, braking, comfort, and mileage.
The new Forester uses an advanced form of Subaru's proprietary Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame Body Structure. Through streamlined body construction and the extensive use of high-tensile steel, including 590 MPa–level steel for key structural body frames, the new model has achieved high body rigidity, improved straight-line driving stability, and riding comfort. Despite its larger body and platform, compared to the predecessor, the vehicle weight increased only minimally.
A cowl stay enhancement is used to connect front side frame and A pillar, improving rigidity in the front of the car and increasing vehicle stability at high speeds and during lane changes.
The new Forester, wîth its advanced frame construction, has realized high levels of safety and crash-worthiness through effectively absorbing and dispersing crash impact in frontal, side-, or rear-impact crashes.
By enhancing impact absorption in the front bumper and incorporating structural changes to the hood, the new Forester addresses safety features for pedestrians and other vehicles in collisions.
A pressurized spray washer nozzle effectively sprays washer liquid as the vehicle drives at high speeds, and the wiper blade covers a wider windshield area, ensuring better frontal visibility in heavy rain.
Front seats are equipped wîth 3-point seatbelts wîth pre-tensioners and force limiters; and rear seats are equipped wîth 3-point seatbelts and headrests.
Dual SRS (supplemental restraint system) air bags are standard on all models. SRS side air bags and curtain air bags are manufacturer's options.
To reduce the risk of whiplash injuries in a rear collision, all pillar trim adopts impact-absorbing structures, and the seatbacks employ new impact-absorbing designs.
A collapsible brake pedal is available on all models to reduce the risk of foot injuries in frontal collisions
An anti-theft alarm device is installed that activates the horn and hazard lamps, when a door is unlawfully opened.
An immobilizer is standard equipment on the 2.0XT and is available as a manufacturer's option on the 2.0XS.
6. Environmental considerations
The 2.0-L DOHC naturally aspired engine meets the standards of Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, which call for an additional 75% reduction in emissions from the levels of the 2005 exhaust emission regulations. The 2.0-L DOHC turbo engine has achieved an additional 50% reduction in emissions from the 2005 levels.
The fuel efficiency of Forester 2.0XS AT models (>1,520 kg in weight) wîth a 2.0-L non-turbo engine is at least 20% better than the level called for by Japan's 2010 standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com) The 2.0XT (>1,520 kg) wîth a 2.0-L turbo engine also achieved fuel efficiency levels that are 10% better than the 2010 standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com) These vehicles qualify for incentives under Japan's Green Taxation System. Green Taxation gives tax breaks to consumers when they buy fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles.
The Forester utilizes interior materials and adhesives that release much smaller amounts of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Such VOCs as formaldehyde and toluene, which are believed to cause irritation in the nose and throat, have been largely reduced. VOCs in paints have also been substantially cut down.
2.0X and 2.0XS AT models come wîth the Info-Eco mode, and the Info-Eco Indicator on the instrumentation lights up when running on low fuel consumption, encouraging mileage-conscious driving. The SI-Drive Intelligent mode on the 2.0XT model includes the Info-Eco Indicator.
7. Comfort and convenience
Despite increasing its maximum air output over the prior model's level, the AC unit is quieter wîth lowered airflow and operating noise through the adoption of a sub-cooling type condenser that allows efficient use of the compressor and refrigerant and reduces air resistance inside the unit. The new AC unit is designed to consume less energy, contributing to better fuel economy.
Audio and navigation systems
1) An audio system that combines a CD player and an AM/FM tuner (compatible wîth MP3 and WMA formats) is standard on the 2.0XS and 2.0XT. It features not only improved audio quality and fine-tuning to meet acoustic conditions, but it also includes a function that cancels vibration and echo from the doors. In addition, it also comes wîth an automatic audio volume control that adjusts the volume to a comfortable level set by the driver, and which automatically changes its output at different speeds. An auxiliary outlet is a standard feature on the center console for easy connection of portable media players and mobile devices.
2) An HDD navigation system wîth audio capability (compatible wîth Subaru G-Book Alpha telematics service) is optional on all models except on the 2.0X.
With its optimized software and large-capacity HDD of 40 GB, the system processes 3D screen scroll and directional information searching much faster and more easily than did earlier systems.
The system features a 7-inch VGA LC screen wîth LED backlighting, allowing clear and detailed images.
• The system has adopted Audyssey MultEQ3 technology that corrects in-car sound distortion and offers the best sound quality in any seat.
• The woofer 7-speaker system provides dynamic sounds, as well as features fine-tuning capabilities by reducing noise and distortion to a minimum in order to replay music and sound that is closer to their original recordings.
3. Audyssey MultEQ is the trademark of Audyssey Laboratories, Inc.
• In addition to playing CDs and DVDs, the system is compatible wîth DVD±R/RW and CR-R/RW, as well as MP3 and WMA. An auxiliary outlet is a standard feature on the center console for easy connection of such portable devices as digital audio and media players and video camera.
• The Forester PLATIMÚN Selection package is a manufacturer's option and features a lighter sliver-color interior finish.
• The package also includes a larger sunroof, ÚV-cut and Infrared-cut glass (front and sunroof), and an air conditioner wîth an anti-allergen filter.
• Gas-dumper hood supports are standard on all models.
• A keyless entry system wîth a push-start button is a manufacturer's option.
• HID headlights come wîth retractable headlight washers.
• A driver's seat lifter, tilt adjustable §teering column, and telescopic §teering are standard on the 2.0XS and 2.0XT.
• Front seats fully recline flat (when headrests are removed).
• 60/40 split fold down rear seatback wîth reclining feature
• Durable, water repellent, double-stitched fabrics (available on jet-black interior versions of the 2.0XS and 2.0XT) A 12-volt power outlet available on all models; and an auxiliary outlet on the 2.0XS and 2.0XT
Source - Subaru
Subaru Forester Named One of the 'Best Family Cars for 2009' by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com- Visibility, Interior Space, Comfort and Ergonomics Cited by Editors -
The 2009 Subaru Forester today was named to the 'Best Family Cars for 2009' list by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com. The award is the culmination of six months of test-driving and analyzing dozens of vehicles, plus feedback from parents who own and drive the vehicles on a daily basis. As part of a rigorous evaluation, each vehicle was judged on safety, performance, interior, exterior qualities and family-friendly features. Focusing on the Subaru Forester's safety attributes, the article detailing the awards -- which appears in the June 2009 issue of Parents -- highlights the vehicle's standard all-wheel drive and stability control, as well as the Forester's designation as a Top Safety Pick by the Information Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
'When Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com team up to review a vehicle, you can be sure you are getting a thorough evaluation from both parenting experts and automotive professionals,' notes Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO for Subaru of America, Inc. 'We are doubly pleased that the Subaru Forester's safety features and family-friendly design have won over not only the experts, but also the parents who rely on our vehicles to keep their families safe.'
This latest recognition by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com joins a growing list of accolades for the Subaru Forester, which was also named a 'Best Bet for SÚVs and Crossovers' by Cars.com and recognized by Kiplinger's Personal Finance 2009 Car Buyer's Guide as 'Best New Crossover' in the category of 'Small Crossovers.' Other awards received by the 2009 Subaru Forester include: Motor Trend's 2009 Sport/Útility of the Year; a 'good' rating (the highest available rating, indicating a vehicle's roof is more than twice as strong as minimum federal safety standards require) in the new IIHS roof strength test and the MotorWeek Driver's Choice Award for Best Small Útility.Source - Subaru
Subaru had envisioned the 5 passenger Forester being a more ‘truck-like' SUV much like the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. Trying to appeal to the SUV oriented market, Subaru advertising employed the slogan ‘SUV tough, Car Easy'. The Forester features associated with SUVs such as a large, boxy cargo area, and more ground clearance than other Subaru models. The Forester does employ a car-like unibody chassis instead of the body-on-frame construction that is associated with trucks and larger SUVs.
In India the Forester was sold as a Chevrolet along with other Chevrolet models sold there. However, since General Motors no longer holds ownership stake in Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, sales in India of the Chevrolet-badged Forester have since ended. The Forester is produced at the Gunma Yajima Factory in Japan.
Going on sale were Base, L, and S models, each using Subaru's horizontally opposed, 165-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that was borrowed from the compact Legacy. Standard was a 5-speed manual transmission and optional was the 4-speed automatic. Power was sent automatically to the wheels with the most traction due to Forester's standard all-wheel-drive system that sensed wheel slip. Driver action was not needed. Compared to the Impreza wagon, ground clearance was elevated though Forester had no provision for low-range gearing, and was unimpressive when attempting serious off-road treks. The Forester featured 2000 pounds towing capacity.
Air conditioning and split folding rear seats were standard on the Forester, while L and S version added antilock braking. The Subaru S edition featured larger wheels and tires, a chrome grille, rear disc brakes, larger power mirrors and an upgraded interior.
For 1999 the Subaru Forester received modifications to quiet the engine, along with adding four pound-feet of torque. In an attempt to provide smoother, quicker shifts, transmission were revised. For this year new interior fabrics and colors were now available. L models received power side mirrors as standard. To improve crashworthiness, Foresters also gained structural modifications. In 1999 base-model Foresters could no longer receive the optional leather upholstery and remote keyless entry system.
For 2000 the Forester lineup was trimmed by Subaru, deleting the base-trimmed model while L and upscale S editions went on sale. The S model added a standard limited-slip differential while the Forester L received standard cruise control.
The following year the Forester received a slight facelift that included the addition of a new chrome grille, revised bumper and taillights and a reshaped bumper.
For 2002 the Subaru Forester received a standard retractable cargo-area cover along with two new option packages. The S Premium model was replaced by the OV Premium Package option. This new package included front side airbags, sunroof, and distinctive alloy wheels to the S. OV equipment plus leather upholstery was added to the new OK Package. For 2000, 2001 and 2002 the Forester was the winner of Australia's Best Recreational Four Wheel Drive.
A turbocharged Forester, the XT was introduced in 2003 alongside the naturally-aspirated XS. Similar to the turbo system of the Subaru Impreza WRX, the XT model features a 2.5L turbocharged engine. The engine in the Forester XT is most similar to the engine used in the US market Subaru Impreza WRX STi. This year's model Forester showcased weight-saving refinements that included an aluminum hood, hydro-formated front frame and perforated rails.
For 2004 and 2005 the Forester was Car and Driver magazine's Best Small SUV. For 2005 Subaru launched an STI variant of the Forester for the Japanese market. Sharing the same engine as the '05 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, the Forester STI featured a different tuning that generated 320 bhp. This year also featured the introduction of Subaru's AVCS system as a standard feature on all engines used in the Forester.
The Forester was updated to include a more upscale look for 2006. Only two models were produced for this year and they included the 2.5X which had a naturally-aspirated 2.5 L flat-4, 173hp and the 2.5 XT Limited, turbocharged 2.5 L flat-4 250 hp. The turbocharged engine that powered the Forest XT was awarded International Engine of the year in 2006. This engine is also used in the re-badged Saab 9-2X as well as the Subaru Impreza WRX.
In Australia three main models are available and these are the X which is naturally-aspirated with a 2.5 L flat-4 121 kW, the XS also naturally-aspirated 2.5 L flat-4, 121 kW, and the XT, turbocharged 2.5 L flat-4 169 kW. The XS and XT came with the option of having a ‘Luxury Pack' fitted, which allowed for leather seats and a sunroof. The XT model featured minor styling differences like the addition of a MOMO steering wheel as a standard feature. The X does not include curtain airbags, while both the XS and XT do.
Redesigned for the 2009 model year, the Subaru Forester was debuted in Japan on Christmas day 2007. The North American version was unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.By Jessica Donaldson
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