• Nov 13, 2007
While there's no way to verify if this particular sketch foretells the future of the Subaru Forester, we think it's probably not too far off the mark. Considering Subaru's blandification of its lineup – from the Impreza to the Tribeca – the new nose seems entirely plausible, and the upkicked D-pillar seems to be all the rage nowadays.

As in the past, the Forester will be built atop the Impreza platform, so we can expect a slightly longer wheelbase that won't necessity Yoga-like poses for passengers entering and exiting the rear seats. More trunk space out back is also assured, while power will likely come from the same naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter found in the base Impreza. We're not going to hold our breath (again) for an STI variant, but we think it's simply a matter of time before Subaru throws in the turbo'd mill from the WRX to make another XT version of the Forester.

[Source: NASIOC via Straightline]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome.

      Put that boxer diesel in it and call me when it hits dealers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I actually find the ugly Subarus of yore appealing, in a way. Like a bulldog.
      My brother and I were talking about this not long ago-- people with enough sense to buy a Subaru usually don't worry about looks as much as they do about driving experience, build quality, and reliability. The traditionally-odd styling is actually sort of fun, because it stands out in a crowd (except at work, where my boss also has an 05 Impreza).

      This, however, would be attractive if not for that stupid D-pillar, as has been said already.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Doogs: Re-reading my comment, I realize I didn't make myself clear, and I completely agree -- indisputably ugly is better than Toyota-like blandness.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lose the funky d-pillar and it's a nice car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Subaru does kinetic does ford edge headlights, they should have followed this idea with the wrx. That said, this is a nice looking Subaru. I like it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Agree with the Outlook/Acadia font end. Subaru has went from different to generic in a span of a year.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The tiny rear quarter window is as stupid on this car as on the Murano and other cars it came from.

      I don't have a problem with Subaru's "blandification". They've made some ugly cars and it's time to fix them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Gah, I totally agree. What's with all these huge rear pillars now? Can you even call them pillars anymore? They're more like walls, or panels...

        One thing I really liked about the previous Suby wagons, the Forester in particular, was the huge windows and relatively small pillars... Made for great visibility and made the interior feel larger and more spacious.

        Even the waist line on that sketch looks raised a lot. Why even have a roll down window if it doesn't start until my shoulder? Whatever happened to the good old days of being able to roll the window down on a nice day and drive around with your arm/elbow out the window?

        See this is one of the reasons why I like driving 'real' SUVs and trucks (or older vehicles) -- they're one of the last few remaining bastions of well-proportioned greenhouses (with the exception of Hummer obviously); tall windows, slim pillars (though they're getting chunkier), and a waist line that doesn't start up at my shoulders.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...Subaru's blandification of its lineup" Huh? As others have said, they are simply correcting some hideous mistakes of recent years. And this looks ten times more stylish than the current Forester!

      Like Jordan and VP though, I instantly thought "Saturn" when I first saw the sketch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BTW, on the engine comments,
      I would think they would keep a couple of variants of the non-turbo Forester, but like they do now, the XT and XT Sport are turbocharged, like the WRX.

      The XT Sport almost looks like the JDM Forester STI, but not the power level, 6MT or DCCD. (which probably aren't that hard to swap over from an STI.)

      Bottom line, they offer the current Forester in non-turbo and turbo variants, The Impreza/WRX, and the Legacy 2.5i and GT turbo variants, as well. I doubt that the new Forester will be left without a turbo option for long, if at all.

      The Tribeca is the only model without a turbo option, but it only gets the 3.6 H6/5-speed Automatic, an engine which no other model gets. Legacy/Outback gets the 3.0R H6 as a top line variant, and Impreza lineup doesn't get the H6.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So it's basically the Kuga without the big lower grille.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure the Forester XT used an STi block.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone else see Saturn in this front end treatment? Look at the grilles on the new Aura and Vue and they have the similar chrome strip with logo. Literally the first thing I said when I saw the picture was which Saturn is this? Then I read Subaru and I was like "they have become Hyundai/Kia stealing designs, look at the new Tribeca with the Chrysler/SAAB front end."

      Any one agree?
      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah, they all look similar. they all got body, 4 wheels and tires, headlamps, side window, windshield, and tail lamps.

      this looks that, that looks this.... JUST PLAINLY STUPID comments...
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