• Dec 7, 2007
The crew at NASIOC came across more leaked shots of Subaru's forthcoming Forester, and this time, we get a closer look at the new sub-CUV's interior. Like most of the new products coming out of the Subie camp, the inside receives a significant restyling that takes its cues from the Tribeca's interior arrangement, with flowing brushed metal accents that dip down towards the HVAC controls. In addition to improvements both in style and materials, the Forester will also benefit from Subaru's Sportshift transmission.

Unlike the leaks we've seen previously, this new exterior pic provides a much better view of the front three-quarters of the new Forester. The hood scoop is much more subtle than previous iterations, similar to the one found on the redesigned Impreza, while the ride-height keeps the Forester true to its off-road nature. We're expecting more to follow soon, so, as always, watch this space.

Thanks for the tip Phil!


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Interior is lifted from a Impreza. The writer needs to get it right. The generic grill needs to go and not towards the funky weirdness of last year's corp. grill. Otherwise it looks fine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes. It's lifted from the Impreza, but the original design debuted on the Tribeca and it's carrying over to the rest of Subaru's models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For some reason, this set of pictures makes me rethink my initial impression of this vehicle. I actually... like it. On looks alone.
      • 7 Years Ago
      headlights are a total photocopy of the touareg's (the new one, not the old one).
      • 7 Years Ago
      is this still based off the impreza? i can't seem to wrap my head that subaru would use their small car platform for a car this big?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Overall, from what I've seen so far, I think Subaru did a decent job with this re-design - particularly on the interior. Some may think that the '08 Impreza/'09 Forester's interior treatment is too bland, but prefer to see it as simple and uncluttered. Granted, it's not on par with the interior quality of the new Accord, but it looks better than Toyota's recent offerings and more upscale than Nissan's.

      I certainly hope Subaru comes out with a sportier variant, like the '07/'08 Sport/Sport XT model - mesh grill, lip spoiler, different wheels, etc. Anyway, I'll reserve my final opinion until I see it in person, but it looks promising.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, according to some Japanese mag scans, I seen these
        items as options. There was a picture of the 09' Forester
        with a black mess grill.

        I think the Forester looks nice and it is a back to basic
        type of ute. I will want to see a comparison of the Rogue, Rav, CR-V and this in a magazine soon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's getting too big proportionally. At least this generation I hope a 5/6 speed transmission is available, the 4 gear auto in the current gen is a joke.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Years ago, Subarus used to have quirky styling. Now, their cars look bland, even boring. Whenever they have tried to stray from either bland or quirky, and introduce some swoops and doops, they get nailed for it (e.g., XT, SVX, Tribeca). So they go back to the cautious boringness of the new (or old) Impreza, the Forester and the Outback. The Tribeca has now been toned down (borified) without removing all of its style, so we'll see. But that new Forester looks so much like an amalgam of every little SUV cliche with nothing to bring of its own I hope Subaru can figure its way out of this rut in time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, I think it looks less and less like a Chrysler/ Kia/ Subaru blend than does the "vag-less," post-face-lifted Tribeca...

      ...and more like the cute-utes you might remember seeing fleeing from the giant feet of Godzilla in films of yore.

      Wonder how it'll look in appliance avacado green?

      And, I agree: that dash is pretty much pure Impreza.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Leakage?!? Well, at least you didn't say "Seepage".
      • 7 Years Ago
      The interior looks exactly like an impreza, because it has all the same parts. The Forester is a tall roof impreza Outback Sport wagon at heart, just square enough on the outside to look like a small SUV. It is an impreza variant.

      And the hood scoop, which used to be a previous impreza part, is now a Legacy GT/Outback XT scoop. Not similar. The exact same, from the look of it. the hood shell is specific to the Forester and looks flatter horizontally than the new WRX and STI, but the scoop insert piece looks to be the very same part as the Legacy line. I have one on my hood, too. And it is a nicely designed piece. No need to re-invent that wheel.

      Unfortunately, one of the rumors is that the Forester won't be getting the 5-speed automatic from the Legacy/Outback, but is going to stick with the 4-speed auto, but that is just what I have read.

      All in all, not bad for a little SUV... But I think I am going to stick with my pleiades-badged sport sedan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Little side mirrors are typical of large JDM cars. Satisfies both style and function.

      Why does the interior look EXACTLY like an Impreza? Not impressive at all. It's kind of a downgrade.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Isn't Mitsubishi doing that? PR guys will probably be screaming "IT'S OUR CORPORATE INTERIOR DESIGN SIGNATURE" or something along those lines.
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