1 Aug 2005
SUBARU’S second-generation Forester compact SUV received its first facelift after three years, receiving more power, sportier suspension, extra features and a new nose.
The latter includes a different grille, new front and rear bumpers, new front quarter guards, new-look twin headlights and tail-lights, and larger new wing mirrors now incorporating indicators.
While the mid-range XS and turbocharged XT receive compact new front foglights, XT adds high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights with pop-out washers, plus unique 17-inch alloy wheels to replace the current XT’s 16s.
Inside, all MY2006 Foresters gain a multi-function centre console, which doubles as a sliding front armrest and includes two cup-holders and a sliding mini-tray for rear passengers.
Along with other minor interior changes, such as a 50mm-longer rear seat base for improved rear occupant thigh support, Forester now comes with the choice of either beige or black interior trim, making it the first compact SUV to offer two interior colours.
Changes within the Forester engine bay are just as extensive, with Subaru’s 2.5-litre flat (boxer) four receiving “drive-by-wire” electronic throttle control and more power in both naturally aspirated (X and XS) and turbocharged (XT) guises.
Forester X and XS now offer 121kW at 5600rpm (up eight per cent from 112kW), plus an extra 3Nm of peak torque (now 226Nm at 4400rpm).
The turbo XT, which currently commands 14 per cent of Forester sales, now delivers 169kW at 5600rpm (up nine per cent from 155kW).