Subaru Forester: The original family SUV is all grown up | Sam's Review
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In 1997 the Subaru Forester arrived in New Zealand where it proved popular as one of the first go-anywhere family SUVs.
Fast-forward two decades and Forester has grown up just as much as the younger customer base that embraced the first model. And in 2018 the Forester takes its biggest step forward yet in its fifth generation.
The 2019 Forester is the most advanced SUV Subaru has ever produced, built on Subaru's latest global platform.
Then and now: All-new 2019 Subaru Forester with the original 1997 model.
The Forester is 19mm longer than the previous model and 21mm wider, with the larger dimensions allowing for more interior space.
The Forester's 2.5-litre, direct injection petrol engine Boxer engine has 90 per cent new components, producing 136kW of power and 239Nm of torque.
The Forester features Subaru’s X-Mode off-road system with dedicated snow and mud settings.
The Subaru Forester is ready to go anywhere.
The Forester was the first Japanese-made vehicle to receive a five-star Ancap safety rating in early 2003. And that safety focus continues with an updated EyeSight system – Subaru’s dual cameras under the rear view mirror that scan the road ahead.
New for 2018 is the driver monitoring system that uses facial recognition software in dash-mounted cameras that monitor the driver’s eyes and head for drowsiness or distraction.