Subaru debuts third generation 2009 Forester

    All-new design with improved comfort, space and utility; all-new platform
    with even better ride and handling

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 20 /CNW/ - The all-new 2009 Subaru Forester is a
completely new version of the award-winning icon of safety, dependability and
versatility. The new Forester builds on the reputation established by previous
generations with a bolder SUV design and significant improvements in safety
technology, comfort, refinement and driving dynamics - a noteworthy
accomplishment considering the high standards set by the previous model.
    The 2009 Forester arrives in Subaru dealerships this spring. Like every
Subaru, the new Forester is equipped with Symmetrical full-time All-Wheel
Drive. And like every generation of Forester, the third generation blends
positive SUV attributes, including a high seating point and interior
versatility, with passenger car comfort, handling and fuel efficiency in an
exceptional package that is designed for an active lifestyle.
    Using the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (Subaru DC(3)), Subaru
optimized all elements of the Forester's chassis to deliver a better balance
of ride, handling response, quietness and overall traction performance.
    A longer, more rigid new platform improves ride as well as interior
space, especially rear seat legroom. Additional high-tension steel at key
structural points increases chassis rigidity for improved crash-worthiness and
crisper handling.
    A new double-wishbone rear suspension, mounted to a sub frame, replaces
the previous strut-type configuration. The enhancement of body rigidity and
new suspension help reduce Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH), and the
suspension intrudes less into the interior so the cargo area is larger.
    All 2009 Foresters are equipped with standard side-curtain airbags with a
rollover sensor, and Subaru's Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) electronic
stability and traction control system and Brake Assist are now standard across
the range.
    Even with its bolder exterior and roomier interior, the new 2009 Forester
is only about 75 mm (2.9 inches) longer than its predecessor, so it retains
the lean exterior proportions customers appreciate.

    Packaged For an Active Life: Improved Handling and Ride Quality

    The Forester for 2009 was designed to create true SUV capability for
active lifestyles, improving ground clearance and drivability while
maintaining Forester's rugged off-road capability.
    Owners may choose between the naturally aspirated and
turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-litre Boxer engines, both revised to provide
better performance. In particular, low- and mid-range torque are improved for
both engines for more responsive everyday performance. The robust body
structure, heavy-duty raised four-wheel independent suspension and up to
225 mm (8.9 inches) of ground clearance help make Forester equally adept at
negotiating twisty roads and absorbing ruts and bumps. The ride quality,
acclaimed in the previous model as one of the best in the segment, is now even
smoother and quieter.
    The Subaru Forester was among the first crossover SUVs to ride on
four-wheel independent suspension. The 2009 Forester continues that practice
adding a new rear double-wishbone independent suspension and widened tracks,
which enhance its exceptional ride quality and handling dynamics. Reduced
camber helps keep the tires perpendicular to the road, enhancing grip. To
further improve handling in the 2009 Forester, the engine is now placed
slightly lower in the chassis, which lowers the centre of gravity. All new
Foresters have a quicker steering ratio and a more rigid steering mounting.

    Rich Interior Design

    The 2009 Forester interior places a new emphasis on comfort and
spaciousness. New materials, including double-stitched fabrics and high-grade
plastics, impart a feeling of higher quality. Front seatback comfort is
enhanced by the use of specially developed seat cushion and seatback spring.
The sweeping twin cockpit design embraces occupants, and brushed aluminum-look
insets flow into the centre stack. The centre console shape adds to the
airiness of the interior, aided by the sculpted door panels and improved
headroom. Each door panel houses a molded recess that can accommodate a 750 ml
(24 oz.) soft drink bottle, as well as loose items.
    Every 2009 Forester is equipped with generous levels of standard
equipment, including heated front seats, tinted privacy glass all around, an
audio system with steering-wheel controls and speed-sensitive volume, air
conditioning, tilting/telescoping steering wheel and much more.
    Rear passenger comfort is now enhanced by a centre armrest. A new
retractable rear centre tray (standard on 2.5XT Limited, part of the 2.5X
Touring and Limited option packages) securely holds food and drinks. The
standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks fold to provide a flat cargo floor, which
is now 132 mm (5.2 inches) wider between the wheelhouses due mainly to the
double-wishbone suspension

    Renowned Subaru Attention to Detail

    The headlights-off with ignition switch is a traditional Subaru
convenience that can preserve battery life, and the 2009 Forester offers
several important new conveniences, as well. On models with the 5-speed manual
transmission, electronic Hill Holder helps prevent the vehicle from rolling
backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.
    With the optional automatic transmission, Forester is pre-wired for a
remote-starting system. The dual gas-strut hood supports make opening the hood
easier and safer than a prop rod.

    About Subaru Canada, Inc.

    Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries
Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and
distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 95
authorized dealers across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Elaine Griffin, (905) 568-4959

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