Summer 2002 Forward to a Friend

SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC., in a five-month period, May through September 2002, will launch one brand new model, introduce the second generation of one of its most popular vehicles and provide new features, options and safety upgrades for the rest of its line. By early fall, all 2003 model year vehicles will be at Subaru dealerships. Here’s a preview.


The second generation Forester was the hit of the Chicago Auto Show when it was previewed early this year. By May, it was in Subaru dealerships. When the Forester was launched as a 1998 model, it defined “Sport Utility Tough, Car Easy.” The all-new 2003 model takes this position even further. It’s more than a cosmetic makeover; it’s a complete tire-to-roof redefinition of a vehicle that has all the charisma of its predecessor as well as a new persona of its own.

The new Forester has a rugged, sport-utility vehicle look, while setting new standards for refinement and safety. All models have 16-inch wheels, which, coupled with heavy-duty four-wheel independent suspension with internal rebound springs in the struts, increase overall vehicle stability. Its sharp new look is complemented by significant interior improvements, including more leg room and hip room, fully adjustable sport design front seats and plenty of storage compartments. The return of the exclusive Subaru Hill-Holder™ clutch system on manual-transmission models helps prevent your vehicle from rolling back when you are starting on an incline.
Subaru has made safety a paramount factor of the Forester’s design. Additions for 2003 include a dual-stage passenger front air bag, standard front seat head/chest side-impact airbags, active front seat head/chest restraints and front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters.


For 2003, Legacy models offer a new, freshly sculpted front bumper and grille design. Choose from the smart value of the Legacy L or the athletic performance of the Legacy 2.5 GT. Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) All-Wheel Drive is now standard on all automatic transmission Legacy 2.5 GT models, as is a new Sportshift feature.

Big news in the Legacy range is the introduction of the new Legacy L with Special Edition Package. Start with all the standard features of the Legacy L, then add 16-inch alloy wheels, 205/55R16 all-season radial tires, projector-beam halogen foglights, a moonroof, in-glass antenna and luxury interior appointments including a black leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle and wood grain-patterned trim. It’s a great package and a great value.


Subaru created a new hybrid market category with the Outback as “The World’s First Sport Utility Wagon,” combining the sporty attributes of a luxury station wagon with the go-anywhere capability of an SUV. The latest Outback models improve the breed still further. For 2003, all Outback models feature internal rebound springs in the front struts to increase overall vehicle stability and reduce body roll.

From its purposeful, sporting new looks, the latest Outback instantly makes a powerful statement – even when standing still. New for 2003, Outback H6-3.0 models offer a Titanium Pearl monotone exterior color choice, and Outback models have a new Silver Stone Metallic over Titanium Pearl color choice. All Outback models have a redesigned front bumper and grille. The OnStar® communication system is standard for Outback H6-3.0 models.

2003 Legacy and Outback models are in Subaru dealerships now.


All new for 2003, the Subaru Baja is a dynamic crossover vehicle that blends the freedom and ruggedness of a compact four-door pickup truck with the driving dynamics, safety and comfort of a passenger car. Slated to arrive at Subaru dealerships in September, the Baja was meticulously designed to meet the needs of drivers with active lifestyles and active attitudes.

The Baja is powered by the proven SOHC 16V 2.5-liter boxer engine and Full-Time All-Wheel Drive. The Baja comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, and a four-speed automatic transmission is available. A power moonroof is standard, and the seats are perforated gray leather trimmed with a Baja logo embossed into the front seatbacks.

The Baja’s cargo bed has an integrated bed liner with chrome side sport bars, and the Switchback system incorporates a pass-through door in the rear bulkhead panel for carrying longer items.

Impreza and Impreza WRX

The Impreza line was all-new for 2002. For the 2003 model year, Subaru continues the Impreza mission of providing maximum utility and versatility with the highest level of active and passive safety and a driving experience that ranges from strong to exhilarating. Choose from the 2.5 TS Sport Wagon, Outback Sport, 2.5 RS Sedan, WRX Sedan or WRX Sport Wagon.

In its first year, the Impreza WRX won Automobile Magazine’s 2002 Automobile of the Year Award, among many other honors. It’s a “pocket rocket” that provides world-class performance and fun with the control found in every Subaru. WRX models rule the road, thanks to their powerful DOHC 227-horsepower turbocharged and intercooled boxer engine. Harnessing this power is Subaru All-Wheel Drive, a limited-slip rear differential, and an advanced four-channel/four-sensor anti-lock braking system. It’s race proven, not “inspired.”

Look for 2003 Impreza models at Subaru dealerships in early fall.

As always, your authorized Subaru dealer is the best source for information on the latest Subaru models. If you have additional questions on any Subaru model (or are interested in a test-drive) visit your Subaru dealer today or visit