Subaru South Africa has introduced a revamped Forester range, complete with cosmetic changes, updated engines and specifications, but have the much-lauded SUV’s looks been watered down too much?

Subaru South Africa has introduced a revamped Forester range, complete with cosmetic changes, updated engines and specifications, but have the much-lauded SUV’s looks been watered down too much?


The 2006 Forester range includes 2,5-litre normally-aspirated manual (with low-range transfer ‘box) and automatic models, as well as 2,5-litre turbocharged versions, which are available with either five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions.


The new front end of the SUV is characterised by reshaped headlights, smaller bumper-mounted fog lights, and new exterior mirrors with integrated side repeaters. The grille has additional slats, and pronounced side sections that reach from the bonnet’s ridges into the revised bumper, which extends 35 mm further than before. Whereas the previous-generation Forester had a passenger car-like front end, the new model – although neater – has a more generic look not unlike that seen on various other SUVs.


At the rear, a pair of distinct circles is visible behind each clear-lens tail light. The embellishing strip that carries the six-star Subaru logo on the tailgate is 30 mm thicker than before, with the base of the rear glass now at the same height as the side glass.


To read more about the Forester range, including specifications and pricing, and view the gallery click here.