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Preview: 2006 Forester
Subaru introduced an improved 2006 Forester at the New York International Auto Show in late March. Changes include exterior and interior redesigns along with added power and enhanced technology.
EXTERIOR: Revisions at the front and rear ends are the most prominent. The front has restyled 4-bulb headlights and a bolder grille. The front bumper with integrated fog lights is more sophisticated. Body-colored side mirrors (except on base model) and C-pillars enhance Forester’s premium appearance. The rear has more contemporary taillight assemblies and appearance panel. The redesign has practical effects as well, helping to lower drag coefficents of all models – contributing to a quieter ride and improved fuel economy. Exterior monotone colors now include Steel Gray, with Evergreen replacing Woodland Green and Garnet Red replacing Cayenne Red.
INTERIOR: The new multifunctional center console has a sliding armrest. The rear seat includes a new armrest and extended cushions for improved thigh support. In the cargo area, added bars and hooks improve convenience. The L.L.Bean model receives a MOMO wood/leather steering wheel, wood shift knob and water-resistant lower side walls in the cargo area. This model also receives new beige leather and perforated alcantara seats. Normally aspirated models have new gray or Desert Beige cloth interiors, and Turbo models have black or beige Leather.
MECHANICAL: The normally aspirated engine has eight more horsepower and adds Active Valve Control System, (AVCS) improving performance and fuel economy. (See the AVCS article in the Winter 2005 Drive for more details.) The turbocharged engine adds 20 horsepower. Furthermore, a new automatic transmission improves AWD control with revised logic that provides better cornering performance and traction. The suspension has been retuned for enhanced comfort and handling, and brakes operate with a better feel from reduced step force.
These changes give the 2006 Subaru Forester a new sense of dynamic strength. See the next issue of Drive magazine for more information.