It isn't just the exciting new Impreza range that's drawing visitors to the 2002 British International Motor Show to the Subaru stand - the Japanese manufacturer has also given the new Forester its UK debut at this year's event.
The sports utility comes in two models, the X and the turbo-powered XT. “X symbolises the Forester's ability to 'cross over' and tackle on or off road terrain,” explained Subaru's national fleet and used car manager Harvey France.
“It boasts best-in-class emissions, best-in-class fuel economy and best-in-class tax benefit in kind for company car drivers. We also think it's a great looking vehicle!”
Forester features include a limited slip differential and self-levelling suspension for coping with heavy loads. The XT also boasts improved performance, with a 0-60 mph dash in less than eight seconds.
Around 40% of Forester sales are to “business buyers”, and all models include Subaru's famous all-wheel drive system and boxer engine.
“The sports utility is a lifestyle vehicle,” said Harvey. “It's a growing market sector that combines estate car practicality in a raised vehicle with off-road capabilities. The Subaru Forester has always been popular, but we expect the new model to do even better and raise sales volumes considerably.”Published 27 October 2002