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Bolder, more dynamic new look offers greater road presence
Upgraded, high-quality interior featuring new, multi-function innovations
New, four-cam naturally-aspirated ‘boxer’ engine with 33 PS power-hike
Class-leading 2.0 litre power and performance - 158 PS/122 mph top speed
Class-leading 2.5 litre turbo (XT) now has 230 PS – 19 PS up on ’05
Forester 2.5 XT now available with ‘sportshift’ automatic transmission and
Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (SVDC)
Forester 2.5 XT beats both BMW X3 2.5 manual and 3.0 auto for
performance and economy
Forester 2.5 XT manual boasts 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds
Forester 2.5 XT has braked towing limit of 2,000 kg
Full-time symmetrical all-wheel drive continues
Sporty handling thanks to low centre-of-gravity ‘Boxer’ engine
SUV all-terrain ability and constant 200 mm-plus ground clearance
Even greater handling agility and roadholding thanks to thoroughly
revised suspension and larger wheels and tyres
On-sale in August from £17,595 (Forester 2.0 X) and £21,995 OTR (Forester 2.5
A new bolder, stronger look, thoroughly revised engines, interior and suspension plus class-leading power and performance will further enhance the Subaru Forester’s appeal as the best-driving crossover sports utility vehicle on the market.

Already widely praised for its unrivalled combination of performance car handling, estate car practicality and SUV all-terrain ability, the ’06 Model Year Forester enters dealers’ showrooms in August priced from a highly competitive £17,595 on-the-road for the Forester 2.0 X. Meanwhile, the turbocharged 2.5 XT is now available from only £21,995 OTR, replacing the 2.0 XT.

Stronger Road Presence
Originally launched in 2002, the extensive facelift includes new front wings, bonnet, bumper, grille and headlamps giving far greater road-presence and visual dynamics.

Larger wheels plus design changes at the rear are all aimed at making the new Forester look taller, more imposing and closer to a conventional SUV.

However the low-centre-of-gravity horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ engine and full-time symmetrical all-wheel drive drivetrain ensure far higher degrees of active safety and driver involvement. Extensive chassis revisions reduce pitch and roll and further improve roadholding and steering precision.

The upgraded, high-quality interior boasts several new ‘surprise and delight’ features such as a multi-function centre console/armrest/table/cupholder plus a new loadbay-restraining system and water-repellent seat trim.

Class-Leading Performance
Meanwhile, a new four-cam naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre ‘Boxer’ engine is not only the most powerful in its class producing 158 PS – a staggering 33 PS more than before – but raises the top speed by 10 mph to 122 mph and slashes the 0-60 mph time from 11.1 seconds to 9.4 seconds.

This substantially beats all 2.0 litre petrol SUV rivals such as the Nissan X-Trail, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 yet the new Forester offers similar fuel economy and exhaust emissions with, for example, 37.7 mpg on the Extra Urban Cycle.

First introduced for the ’05 Model Year, the 2.5 litre turbo (XT) gains an extra 19 PS, raising power to 230 PS and reducing the 0-60 mph time to 5.7 seconds for the manual.

Advanced ‘Sportshift’ Auto Option for 2.5 XT

An advanced, new automatic transmission is available for the first time for the Forester 2.5 XT featuring ‘sportshift’ manual selection and linked to ‘Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control’ which boosts handling, roadholding and accident avoidance.

Again, performance is class-leading with both manual and automatic Forester 2.5 XTs beating the BMW X3 2.5 manual and 3.0 automatic.

For example, the Forester 2.5 XT automatic is 3 mph faster than the BMW X3 3.0 and almost 1 second quicker to 60 mph at 7.3 seconds. Forester fuel economy is 26.9 mpg compared to 23.3 mpg for the BMW on the Combined Cycle.

Revised, Simplified Model Range

A revised, simplified model range sees the previous 2.0 XT (turbo) dropped but replaced by a better value 2.5 XT similar in price to the obsolete 2.0 XT. Those wishing features such as leather trim and cruise control can choose the new 2.5 XTE.

The entry-level 2.0X continues with virtually identical equipment to the ’05 MY car, while the best-selling ‘All Weather-Pack’ is replaced by the 2.0 XE which adds – among other items – leather trim, heated front seats and cruise-control.

New features include larger 16 ins diameter wheels for the naturally-aspirated models and 17 ins wheels for the turbos which also gain HID xenon headlamps with self-levelling. Beige or black leather seat trim is a new no-cost option on the 2.0 XE and 2.5 XTE.

All models boast pop-up headlamp washers while all but the entry-level 2.0 X have audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. The Forester’s trademark large electric sliding and tilting sunroof continues on all but the 2.0 X and 2.5 XT.


Bolder, Dynamic New Exterior

The ’06 Forester looks both more dynamic and bolder, with clever styling cues aimed at making it look taller and more imposing without affecting its class-leading low centre-of-gravity.

For example, the new four-globe headlamps sweep back into the front wings, visually lifting the perceived height of the car.

This is further enhanced by a new front grille which is deeper and more prominent, with strong swage lines which continuously flow from the base of the bumper right to the windscreen. The effect is one of strength, coherence and presence.

Equally, at the rear, the bar below the window has been raised by 30 mm and painted body-colour instead of anthracite. This makes the tailgate appear deeper and window higher, further aided by the rear window base now being level with the shoulder line of the car.

In addition, the bottom lower centre section of the rear bumper has been made black giving the impression of a higher ground-clearance.

And to forge a unified link with the four-globe headlamps, the rear lamps have cylinder-like lenses behind clear glass with a bright finish to highlight their roundness.

Other changes include a smoother design to the lower body-cladding, smaller, circular front projector fog lamps and larger door mirrors with indicators inset into their lower section.

Upgraded, High-Quality, ‘Surprise And Delight’ Interior

Complementing the new-exterior look is an upgraded, high-quality interior which is both stylish and practical with several new ‘surprise and delight’ features.

For example, a new multi-function centre console between the front seats offers a multitude of uses. These include an armrest which slides forward, hinges vertically and flips backwards creating a small table. It also slides far enough rearwards to provide the rear-seat passengers with two cup-holders.

The multi-function centre console also has a console pocket able to hold four CDs, while a 12 volt power outlet allows driver and passengers to recharge their mobile ’phones.

The loadbay has a new luggage-restraining system. This includes four hooks for holding a net and bar hangers to allow karabiners and hooks to be attached to form a hammock-type net. All of these restraining devices are fitted below the conventional load-cover, enhancing security.

In order to improve rear-seat comfort, the seat base has been extended by 50 mm, while front seat fore and aft adjustment is now via an easy to access full-width towel bar.

And in keeping with its active lifestyle role, the Forester’s seats and doors feature water-repellent material. Trim choice is also extended with the new XE and XTE models offering the choice of black or beige leather. The X and XT models have off-black cloth trim.

All models except the entry-level Forester 2.0 X have audio controls mounted conveniently on the steering wheel plus a six-stacker radio CD player and seven speakers. The Forester 2.0 X has a single-disc radio CD player.

Class-Leading Power And Performance From New 2.0 Litre ‘Boxer’ Engine

The facelifted ’06 Forester features a new four-cylinder horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ engine which not only produces the highest power in its class but strong pulling power (torque) and low engine speeds.

Subaru’s advanced unit features twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank (DOHC) plus an Active Valve Control System (AVCS) which is a form of variable valve timing. This ensures ultimate efficiency regardless of engine revs.

Power leaps by 33 PS to an unbeatable 158 PS at 6,400 rpm. Meanwhile torque is slightly higher than before at 137 lb ft at 3,200 rpm – yet at 400 rpm lower down the rev-range.

This – coupled with a special new electronic throttle – gives an ‘elastic’ feel to the engine, meaning acceleration from standstill is especially lively and responsive, the need for changing down a gear for hills reduced yet the ability to rev at high speeds and still produce power enhanced.

Other technical highlights include a 4-2-1 equal length, ‘constant-pulsation’ exhaust system which avoids gas flow interference and speeds the warm-up of the catalytic converter which is relocated closer to the hotter part of the engine.

‘Constant pulsation’ also greatly enhances low to mid-speed torque and gives higher power outputs. The air resistance inside the exhaust pipe is halved, liberating more power. However, despite the pipe being larger, the silencer has been enlarged, keeping noise to previous levels.

The all-aluminium engine also has a secondary air intake system for the cylinder head exhaust port during cold starts. This pumps unburnt exhaust gas back into the cylinder for re-combustion, reducing emissions and speeding the warm-up of the catalytic converter.

The 1,994 cc engine retains the same 92mm bore and 75 mm stroke as before but the compression ratio is now a high – and therefore more efficient – 11.1:1.

Performance Comparisons

Not only is the new Forester 10 mph faster than before at 122 mph but comfortably ahead of the Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail and Toyota RAV4 by approximately the same amount.

Its 0-60 mph time of 9.4 seconds is typically 2 seconds quicker than its main rivals while fuel economy and exhaust emissions are roughly the same. The Extra Urban figure for the Forester 2.0X and XE manual, for example, is 37.7 mpg.

Meanwhile, the automatic version shows even greater improvements with a 14 mph boost to its top speed at 118 mph and a 1.3 second cut in its 0-60 mph time which is now 11.6 seconds. The Extra Urban figure is almost as good as the manual at 37.2 mpg.

Turbo 2.5 XT Even Quicker

The updated 230 PS version of the Forester 2.5 XT takes its performance to new heights – and with the new option of an automatic transmission version for 2006.

Top speed rockets from 125 mph for the superseded 2.0 XT to 134 mph for the 2.5 XT, while the 0-60 mph time drops from an already brisk 7.9 seconds to only 5.7 seconds.

Mid-range torque is also greatly enhanced with peak pulling power now being 236 lb ft instead of 180.7 lb ft. As a result, the braked towing limit is a useful 2,000 kg.

First introduced for the ’05 model, the four-cylinder 2.5 litre turbo now has 19PS more at the same 5,600 rpm thanks to a compression ratio raised from 8.0:1 to 8.4:1 and revisions to the exhaust system plus the introduction of a secondary air intake.

As a further attraction for the towing fraternity the Forester 2.5 XT has a rear limited-slip differential, full-time symmetrical all-wheel drive and self-levelling rear suspension.

The Forester 2.0 XT was voted the Caravan Club’s ‘Towcar of the Year 2004’ and ‘Compact 4x4 Winner 2005’.

Extensive Engine Upgrade

Modifications to enlarge the horizontally-opposed four cylinder 2.0 litre ‘boxer’ engine to 2.5 litres are extensive.

They include using a semi-closed deck cylinder block for strength and smoothness, strengthened pistons and connecting rods, sodium-filled hollow exhaust valves to improve cooling and hollow camshafts for lightness and efficiency.

Like the new Legacy, the Forester 2.5 XT uses a sintered steel journal cast cylinder block to reduce Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH).

Both the bore and stroke are enlarged compared to the 2.0 litre unit – now standing at 99.5 x 79 mm instead of 92 x 75mm – while the 16 valves are operated by two overhead camshafts per bank as before.

The intercooled turbo remains small-sized for strong initial acceleration and flexible in-gear response.

Virtually In A Class Of Its Own

Virtually in a class of its own, the facelifted Forester 2.5’s closest rival is the considerably more expensive BMW X3 which is available as a 192 PS 2.5 litre manual or a 231 PS 3.0 litre automatic.

Not only is the Forester 5 mph faster than the BMW X3 2.5 but around 3 seconds quicker to 60 mph, while being 1.2 mpg better on the Combined Cycle at 26.4 mpg.

Comparisons between the Forester 2.5 XT automatic and BMW X3 3.0 auto show a 3 mph higher top speed at 133 mph and 0-60 mph time almost 1 second quicker at 7.3 seconds. Combined Cycle fuel economy is 26.9 mpg compared to the BMW’s 23.3 mpg.

Improved Manual And Automatic Transmissions

Both manual and automatic transmissions have been improved for the facelifted ’06 Forester with, for example, all manual transmissions having a shorter travel for a slicker shift.

The shift-stroke, for example, is now 10 mm shorter, while the firmness of the gear-change itself is enhanced by 15 percent.

The Forester 2.0 X and XE have a double-cone synchroniser for first and third gears giving a lighter gear change, while the 2.5 XT and XTE feature a simplified, push instead of pull-type clutch mechanism which smoothes the pedal feel.

Naturally-aspirated Forester 2.0 X and XE models with automatic transmission feature a 3 kg lighter transmission with direct-control type system for smoother changes.

Fuel economy is also optimised thanks to a slip lock-up device and the use of advanced electronics to control change-points.

‘Sportshift’ is introduced for turbo Forester 2.5 XT and XTE models. This gives a more responsive reaction – especially during enthusiastic driving – and allows manual selection up and down the gearbox for greater involvement and control.

Standard Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control For Forester XT And XTE Auto

New for ’06 is an automatic version of the turbocharged Forester 2.5. Standard on this model is Subaru’s acclaimed Vehicle Dynamics Control.

Instead of using technology to smother driver involvement and react too early to potential danger, SVDC combines active safety with enhanced cornering control.

SVDC uses sensors on all four wheels to detect slip. It also relies on sensors to register front to rear G-forces and side-to-side G-forces.

Symmetrical AWD Transmission – More Intelligent Than Ever

Subaru’s rally-honed symmetrical all-wheel drive transmission reduces drive friction, fuel consumption and power loss because:

The short ‘boxer’ engine is in-line with the transmission
The low engine height allows the front drive-shafts to be almost horizontal
Power to the rear wheels is in a straight line via a prop shaft rather than via an awkward transfer ’box
The light and compact AWD system can be installed in the transmission case
The perfectly symmetrical AWD system allows chassis engineers to tune the suspension for excellent handling and roadholding
The Forester’s quick-thinking full-time AWD system on manual models splits power 50/50 front to rear which gives enhanced straight-line tracking and extra agility through corners.

However, as soon as slip is detected, the centre differential with its viscous-coupling distributes torque to the axle with the most grip. This happens in milliseconds.

All the driver is aware of is less understeer/oversteer than expected and reassuring grip where a 2WD car would be sliding.

Low Centre Of Gravity

Fundamental to the Forester is the low centre of gravity afforded by its all-alloy horizontally-opposed engine and Impreza-based chassis with long-travel all independent suspension.

This low centre of gravity means the Forester can offer a similar high seating position and ground clearance to a conventional SUV but with outstanding handling and active safety.

Thoroughly Revised Suspension For Facelifted Forester

Already the class-leader for chassis dynamics, the facelifted Forester has been further refined for ’06, offering sharper, more consistent steering feel, enhanced cornering roll-resistance and reduced pitch during rapid acceleration or sudden braking.

Strengthened suspension mounts and revised spring and damper settings better control wheel movement – again, best appreciated when undertaking sudden lane-change movements.

As before, the Forester’s front and rear struts are fitted with rebound springs which reduce pitch and better control body roll.

Its coil springs and damper valves have been fine-tuned, geometry tweaked and suspension bushing revised to give a linear response to the slightest of steering movements.

An obvious advantage of the standard self-levelling rear suspension is that the ground clearance for covering unmade tracks/rough terrain remains constant – even when the car is fully laden with passengers and luggage.

Thanks to larger 16 ins wheels with 215/60 tyres on the naturally-aspirated models and 17 ins featuring 215/55 tyres on the turbos, the Forester X and XE now boast a greater 205 mm ground clearance and the XT and XTE a still generous 200 mm.

Coupled with Subaru’s AWD transmission – and standard rear limited-slip differential – all Foresters offer tremendous off-road grip and on-road stability.

Manual naturally-aspirated Foresters have a dual-range gearbox which gives 10 speeds. Dual-range is selected by depressing the clutch and raising a small lever next to the gear-shift. This can be done on the move.

Low-ratio advantages include extra control through enhanced engine-braking in slippery conditions. This could be while driving down a snow-lined street littered with abandoned cars or while pulling a caravan off a rain-soaked field.

Caravanners especially like the Forester’s dual-range system because it makes hill starts that much easier and is kinder to the clutch. Another caravanner’s favourite is the hill-holder clutch – standard on all manual models. This prevents the outfit rolling backwards when stationary on a gradient.

Outstanding Active And Passive Safety

The Forester XT’s active and passive safety measures include electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), four-channel, four-sensor anti-lock brakes and large-diameter ventilated front and rear discs.

Active front head-restraints reduce the risk of whiplash injuries while the passenger airbag is dual-stage allowing progressive protection during less severe impacts and total deployment in a more serious crash. Large side airbags are also standard, protecting both the torso and head.

The Forester’s body is extremely strong yet light with new ring-shaped reinforcement frames for all pillars plus reinforced subframes – the front boasting 60 per cent more strength than the pre-2003 model.

High-tensile steel panels with tailored blanks are also used in key impact areas. These combine strength with good energy-absorbing properties, especially during side-impacts.

For the same reason, aluminium is used in the bumper beams, keeping down weight yet performing well in offset impacts.

Active safety – the ability to avoid a potential accident – is well catered for by the symmetrical AWD system and agile handling.

It is further boosted by the use of aluminium for the bonnet, front and rear bumper beams, roof rails and sunroof frames.

This lowers the centre of gravity and yaw moment of inertia. The result is extra stability, sharper steering response and reduced body roll.

Lower Insurance Groups
UK-inspired security measures range from deadlocks, keyless entry and shielded door locks to a sophisticated Thatcham Category One immobiliser and alarm.

These initiatives plus easier-to-repair accident-damage parts have led to lower insurance costs for the 2002Model Year car compared to the original model. Subaru (UK) Limited is confident of a similar rating for the ’06 MY range.

Confident, Upmarket Exterior
Subaru’s new Forester now has the road presence to match its driving dynamics thanks to confident new looks with upmarket styling cues.

However, like the 1997 original, all fashion-led SUV clichés are avoided such as a rear door-mounted spare wheel. This would hamper handling by introducing a pendulum-effect weight just where it is not wanted.

Instead, the full-sized spare is mounted low in the boot floor with the striking rear-end featuring a hexagonal-shaped tailgate and unusual, triangular tail-lamps.

Every detail and function of the new Forester has been carefully studied to give a quality feel – even down to the operation of the door handles. These boast low-friction resin bushings for the moving parts of the handle and a disulphide molybdenum coating and low-friction resin for the moving parts of the door latches.

Equally, the new Forester’s doors close with a soft quality ‘thud’ thanks to the use of fully moulded elastomer resin for the part where the door latch makes contact with the striker.

Reassuring, Expensive-Feeling Interior
Once inside, the reassuring, expensive-feel continues, with an interior ambience closer to an executive-class car than the Forester’s mainly Japanese 4x4 rivals.

For example, the tops of the doors and fascia have a tactile, dimple-pattern texture, while the roof lining and entire length of the door armrest area are covered in softly-padded cloth.

Also by way of contrast, the instruments feature high-tech motorcycle-style cowls and the centre console has a smooth, metallic-look finish yet the seat trim has a deliberately rough texture with leather-effect side panels.

The cup-holders and most lidded storage compartments have damped mechanisms and storage nets are fitted to both front doors, front seat backs and the passenger side of the transmission tunnel.

Two holders for sunglasses are fitted above the rear-view mirror together with the Forester’s famous washing-up bowl in the boot floor and other loadfloor compartments such as one for an umbrella.

Supreme Customer Care
Like all new Subarus officially imported by Subaru (UK) Limited, the new Forester 2.5 XT offers the reassurance of a three year/60,000 mile warranty plus three years’ paintwork and 12 years’ anti-corrosion cover (with inspections).

This is in addition to three years’ free membership of Subaru Assistance – a comprehensive home and roadside repair and recovery package throughout the UK and Europe, administered by Mondial Assistance.

’06 Forester Model Line-up and Prices: On-The-Road
2.0 X Manual £17,595.00

2.0 X Automatic £18,595.00

2.0 XE Manual £20,495.00

2.0 XE Automatic £21,495.00

2.5 XT Manual £21,995.00

2.5 XT Automatic £23,345.00

2.5 XTE Manual £23,595.00

2.5 XTE Automatic £24,945.00

* Note – All prices include mica/metallic

Performance And Economy Top Speed
0-60 mph
Extra Urban

Forester 2.0

122 mph
9.4 sec
30.4 mpg

Forester 2.0

118 mph
11.6 sec
30.4 mpg

Forester 2.5

134 mph
5.7 sec
26.4 mpg

Forester 2.5

133 mph
7.3 sec
26.9 mpg

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2.5 litre turbo (XT) now has 230 PS – 19 PS up on ’05 very nice 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds 8)

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although BHP isn't everything, JDM spec 2.0 cars have always been in the region of 250ps........................................

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