Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester is a Japanese compact crossover car, produced since 1997 at the Subaru brand plant. The car is very popular in the USA, Australia and Russia as a large family SUV. Outwardly, the model resembles a station wagon. The versions for the Japanese domestic market differ significantly from the export versions intended primarily for North America.

Subaru Forester, 1st generation (SF), 1997–2002

First generation Subaru Forester, 1997–2002
The first generation Subaru Forester, which debuted in 1997, was based on the Impreza platform. As conceived by the creators, the car, which became one of the first representatives of the crossover class, was supposed to combine the best qualities of a passenger car and an SUV. Forester had an all-wheel drive transmission with a center differential and a demultiplier.

Under the hood of the car was a two-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. The atmospheric version of this power unit had a power of 122–137 hp, a turbocharged version of 168–174 hp on export vehicles and 250 hp. on vehicles for the Japanese market. Later, the lineup was replenished with a modification with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine that developed 165 hp. Gearboxes – five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic transmission.

In 2000, Subaru Forester received minor changes in appearance. In total, up to 2002, 520 thousand cars were produced.

Subaru Forester, 2nd generation (SG), 2002–2008

Second generation Subaru Forester, 2002–2008
The second generation of the model debuted in 2002. Subaru Forester received a completely new body, but the basic design remained the same: only four-wheel drive, boxer engines, manual or automatic transmissions. The two-liter engine developed 137–140 hp in the atmospheric version, and 220 hp in the turbocharged version. The 2.5-liter engine had a power of 173 hp, and its turbo version – 210-224 hp.

In 2000, a “charged” Subaru Forester STi appeared with a 265-horsepower 2.5 engine, a six-speed manual transmission and a sports suspension. Such crossovers were sold only in the Japanese market.

Restyling in 2005 completely changed the look of the Forester, and power units were also modernized at the same time. The two-liter naturally aspirated engine now developed 158 hp, and the power of the 2.5-liter turbo engine increased to 230 hp. In this form, cars of the second generation were produced until 2008, in total 675 thousand cars rolled off the assembly line.

Subaru Forester, 3rd generation (SH), 2008–2013

Third generation Subaru Forester, 2008–2013
The 2008 sample model has become longer, taller, more spacious, but at the same time it has lost one of its characteristic features – frameless doors. There were few changes in technology, the only noticeable innovation was a two-liter boxer turbodiesel for the European market with a capacity of 147 hp, this was the first diesel engine in the history of the company.

The Subaru Forester was also offered with naturally aspirated 2.0 and 2.5 petrol engines, developing 150 and 172 hp, respectively, as well as with a 2.5-liter turbo engine with 230 hp. In 2011, the Forester received a new generation of gasoline engines of the same volume, and the model range was replenished with a car boosted to 263 hp with a version of the 2.5-liter turbo unit. All crossovers were equipped with a manual or automatic transmission and had all-wheel drive.

The production of the fourth generation Foresters ended in 2013, in total more than 850 thousand of these machines were produced.

Subaru Forester, 4th generation, 2012–2018

Fourth generation Subaru Forester, 2012–2018
The fourth generation of the Subaru Forester crossover was produced in Japan from 2012 to 2018. Versions with petrol boxer engines 2.0 (150 hp) and 2.5 (171 hp) were offered, as well as with a two-liter turbo engine with 241 hp. The basic two-liter cars were equipped with a manual transmission, the rest of the options had a variator. The drive could only be complete.

Subaru Forester, 5th generation, 2018

Fifth generation Subaru Forester, 2018
The 5th generation Subaru Forester is a mid-size crossover that has been produced in Japan since 2018. In 2021, the company carried out a restyling of the model.

Cars are equipped with gasoline engines of 2.0 and 2.5 liters. All versions of the Subaru Forester model have all-wheel drive and a stepless variator.

Engine Subaru EE20

The 2.0-liter Subaru EE20Z diesel engine (or EE20 for short) has been assembled at the concern’s factories since 2008 and is installed on the European versions of many of the company’s models, primarily the Forester and Outback. This motor exists in three modifications for environmentally friendly EURO 4, 5 or 6 standards, respectively.

Engine Subaru FB25

The 2.5-liter Subaru FB25B gasoline engine has been assembled at the company’s plant since 2010 and is installed on mid-size models of the concern, such as Legacy and Forester. The unit was upgraded in 2018 and changed from multipoint fuel injection to direct.

Engine Subaru FB20

The FB20 engine has an AVCS variable valve timing system on the intake and outlet camshafts. The timing chain uses a maintenance-free chain. The engine is characterized by the installation of a plastic intake manifold with TGV flaps at the intake to improve environmental performance.

Engine Subaru FA20

The Subaru FA20D 2.0-liter gasoline engine was first introduced back in 2009 as a joint development of two Japanese concerns, but it went into production in 2012. This motor is put on a sports model, which is known as the Subaru BRZ or Toyota GT86.

Engine Subaru EJ25

The EJ25 engine, which had a displacement of 2.5 liters, was released by Subaru in 1994. This engine block was identical to the EJ20 engine block – it was made of aluminum alloy and had a height of 201 mm. The only difference was in the cylinder diameter – unlike the 2.0-liter engine, which had …

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Engine Subaru EJ20T

Subaru’s EJ20 2.0-liter turbo engine has been assembled in Japan since 1989 and powered by many popular models. The engine was often refined and therefore there are several modifications of it that differ quite seriously:

Engine Subaru EJ20

The 2.0-liter Subaru EJ20 gasoline engine was produced by the concern from 1989 to 2015 and was installed on the company’s most popular models. The engine was often refined and therefore there are several modifications of it that differ quite seriously:

Engine Subaru CB18

The company first introduced the 1.8-liter Subaru CB18 engine at the 2019 auto show and so far only puts it on two of its models: the second-generation Levorg station wagon and the fifth Forester. This turbo unit is distinguished by the ability to work in a particularly economical Lean Burn mode.

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