Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc.

April 18, 2008 11:09 ET

Subaru Announces Pricing for New Third-Generation 2009 Forester

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is delighted to announce pricing for the all-new third-generation Forester, which goes on sale in Canada on April 19, 2008, as a 2009 model. Even with the new design and additional features, the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of every Forester will be lower than its predecessor and extremely attractive when compared to the competition.

The very well-equipped new 'base' Forester 2.5X, with class-leading power as well as greater ground clearance and towing capacity, will have an MSRP of $25,795 when fitted with the standard manual transmission - that's $1,200 less than the 2008 model. Starting at $27,995, the Forester 2.5X Touring model is $1,000 less. The 2.5X Limited is generously equipped with extra features, yet at $32,395 starts at $3,700 less than the previous version. And the loaded Forester 2.5XT Limited will retail for $34,895, starting at an incredible $4,100 less than its predecessor.

"The new 2009 Forester is only about three inches longer than the previous model, which allowed Subaru engineers to package a roomier interior with the trim exterior contours that owners tell us is one of this vehicle's essential features," said Katsuhiro Yokoyama, president and CEO of SCI. "In addition, the all-new platform and chassis systems enhance the outstanding on-road handling and maneuverability that have been Forester hallmarks since the model's inception."

For 2009, every Forester is equipped with roof rails, heated front seats and privacy glass, which are extra-cost items on competitive vehicles. In addition, each also features an audio system with steering-wheel controls and speed-sensitive volume, air conditioning, tilting/telescoping steering wheel and much more.

Like every Subaru, the new Forester is equipped with Symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive and 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.

A longer new platform improves ride as well as interior space, especially rear seat legroom as well as improved crash-worthiness and crisper handling.

A new double-wishbone rear suspension, mounted to a sub frame, replaces the previous strut-type configuration. The enhanced body structure 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.

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.

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.

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    Elaine Griffin
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