Subaru Forester Cross Sports
The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover SUV—or arguably a station wagon—produced since 1998 by the Japanese automaker Subaru. When it was released in the United States in 1998, it was based off the Subaru Impreza chassis. To meet the needs of the SUV-oriented market, the Forester was equipped with an all-wheel drivetrain. It also features a large, boxy cargo area and more ground clearance than other Subaru models, as well as a unibody architecture. Up until recently, the Forester was also being sold as a Chevrolet in India, but since General Motors no longer has an ownership stake in Subaru's parent company—Fuji Heavy Industries—sales of the Chevrolet-badged Forester have been discontinued. The Forester is produced at the Gunma Yajima plant in Japan.
In 2003, a turbocharged version—the Forester XT—was released in the United States as a 2004 model and had been available in other markets since the late 1990s. The XT model features a 2.5 L turbocharged engine mated with the same Mitsubishi TD04 turbocharger as the Subaru Impreza WRX. This engine is actually identical to the American market Subaru Impreza WRX STi, except it uses the smaller TD04 turbocharger from the WRX and a smaller intercooler, a different exhaust system, and a different engine management programming. To make the vehicle even lighter, the 2003 Forester featured refinements such as an aluminum hood, perforated rails, and a hydro-formed front frame.
In 2006, the turbocharged engine of the Forester XT was awarded the International Engine of the Year. This same engine is used in the Subaru Impreza WRX and the re-badged Saab 9-2X. Car and Driver magazine's named the Forester the Best Small SUV for 2004, 2005, and 2006.
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