View Full Version : 2006 Subaru Forester

01-27-2005, 05:24 AM
Another facelift for the subaru forester! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1zhelp.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><A HREF="http://www.autoweek.nl" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.nl</A><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/9027.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/9028.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>

01-27-2005, 06:03 AM
Interior included:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.subaru.co.jp/forester/x20_tough_package/utility/08/imgs/top.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: Subaru.co.jp<p>This facelift version looks alright but the back end looks better than current Forester.

01-27-2005, 09:24 AM
i dont like that it looks a bit cheep

01-27-2005, 09:37 AM
Front reminds me real Toyota's SUVs..nice interior...still not sure about front...

01-27-2005, 12:26 PM
Are these pictures really legit? To me it would seem that doing a Forrester face-lift right before the sale start of the Tribeca would be a good opportunity to present the new Subaru-face to the unsuspecting public. This car goes in the opposite direction from the Tribeca design-wise. I don't think Subaru would pass on this opportunity and therefore I believe these pictures, apart from the interior maybe, are fake.<p>However, although dull it looks much better than the Tribeca.

01-27-2005, 12:38 PM
Yes they are legit...check out Subaru Forester's official website:<p><A HREF="http://www.subaru.co.jp/forester/index.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.subaru.co.jp/forester/index.html</A>

01-27-2005, 12:48 PM
Look carefully at the face of this car. Subaru has snuck in a version of the new corporate face that isn't so ugly and obvious. The grille shape is there, in this case however, it is much larger and not as tall vertically. Perhaps the shape of the headlamps also exemplifies the 'wings' in the grille of the Tribeca. It may not be obvious, but Subaru's new face is, at the very least, implied on this facelift.

01-27-2005, 12:51 PM
The old ones front looked aggresive while this looks a bit cheaper and more bland. Interior and rear do look better

01-27-2005, 01:10 PM
I think the Tribeca would be easier to swallow if it had a simpler front end like this...

01-27-2005, 01:39 PM
The Tribeca should have gotten this grille treatment. Im not saying that I like this(which I dont) but it looks better.

01-27-2005, 01:43 PM
I think it's time for a redesign, not another facelift.....

01-27-2005, 02:09 PM
Pick a BMW 7 series headlight and a toyota pickup grill and there you go, you have just ruined a great car!

01-27-2005, 02:09 PM
It looks like a HYUNDAI

01-27-2005, 02:54 PM
Huh, it looks more like a SUV now than before. I kinda like front, the rear, less so.

01-27-2005, 03:42 PM
I am not impressed. I am glad they didn't use the stupid airplane grill, but the front end looks.... weird. I do see a little Toyota in the grill and headlamp placement. Subaru is falling fast...

01-27-2005, 03:47 PM
although i (actually) liked the tribeca, this is a dissapointment. the front, overall, is even duller than before and ruins the styling IMO.

Top Secret
01-28-2005, 03:23 AM
Dammit - that front looks messed up. The rear looks alright though. Nice going Subaru, you have just ruined the looks of another car - 2 cars left eh?

01-28-2005, 05:22 AM
It's good that it does not have the Tribeca nose. The Tribeca will be Subaru's Aztec.

01-28-2005, 07:11 AM
This car does look for the worse. I would not expect an entirely new front end, without an entirely new car. The front looks nothing like new or old Subarus. Even though Tribeca is not the best of looking cars, I think the new direction that Subaru is going in is good, and so far I have like the concepts of the new Impreza and such. This Forester looks as though it was made by one of the new Chinese car manufacturers, as the rest of them just rip-off all the existing cars and slap thier badges on it. But, oh well, we will see how this will turn out.

01-28-2005, 11:16 AM
I have to say that The forrester has never been what you would call great styling. It was always a practical little wagon, that somehow missed much of the sporting ambitions of Subaru's other models. Sure Subaru has refreshed it's looks over time (IMO, every time to it's benefit), but It would be a strech to say that this is a memorable vehicle, from a styling POV. Subaru should consider a more distinctive replacement, and creating a version of it with the same fire of their WRX models.

01-28-2005, 03:44 PM
I completely agree.<p>The Forester is a great product but the concept is wrong. Should change the concept toward a more aggressive SUV than this soft roader.

01-28-2005, 06:22 PM
The interior still looks good - thank goodness - but the new tailgate look very wrong, as if somebody were to smile with no teeth.

Top Secret
01-28-2005, 07:41 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">and creating a version of it with the same fire of their WRX models.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>It's called the XT Santeno - and it's very quick indeed. 0-100km/h in mid-6's.<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2003/09/04/168055.1-lg.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>And then you have the STi version, but pity it's only JDM.<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.carview.co.jp/tas/2004/car/photo/sti/forester_sti/01.jpg" BORDER="0">

01-28-2005, 08:04 PM
I think it looks awful. It looks...I don't know how to say it, but it looks bad. The altezza lights aren't helping much either

01-28-2005, 10:01 PM
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Top Secret
01-28-2005, 10:30 PM
My my, it does look awfully similar - but I don't to start another 'they copied this' and that business.

01-29-2005, 08:35 PM
Santeno said it for me. I do think that if they are fully serious about the new front, at least this way it doesnt look to ugly.

01-29-2005, 08:41 PM
On my point of view, all that the Forester needed was a little extra leg room, and that's about it, maybe a diesel range. <p>It's a simple 4X4 for the tracks, for those that want the space of a SUV and the handling / performance of a car. It's great and it's best in class. Why redesign it? Why even facelift it? yes I know, ppl want a fresh product, but to my point of view they should leave that old model there. <p>Yeah front looks a bit Toyota, but not that much. Anyways this is a lot better than Toyota. The rear looks better.

01-29-2005, 10:43 PM
I think this is a chop.<p>Look at the front, and the way that the headlight wraps around to the side of the fender.<p>On the shot from the rear, at least some of that light should be visible, but it isn't.

01-29-2005, 10:46 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Knutsaq</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I think this is a chop.<p>Look at the front, and the way that the headlight wraps around to the side of the fender.<p>On the shot from the rear, at least some of that light should be visible, but it isn't.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I highly doubt it, those pics are on the official Subaru website <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bonk.gif" BORDER="0">

01-30-2005, 07:08 PM
It is Photoshoped, just not in the way you think it is. Looks like these pics were taken outside (look at the reflections on the side), and then the photoshoped them back inside.

01-30-2005, 10:11 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>scorpio14</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/9027.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://toyota.jp/Showroom/Updates/hiluxsurf/20thanniversaryedition/ex_int/images/ex01_prv.jpg" BORDER="0"><p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>EXACTLY what I was thinking. <p>I'm neutral on the whole thing. I think it looks a bit more upscale, if not necessarily prettier. I also like the interior a little better... but what's with the cheap looking aftermarket head unit for the stereo?

02-01-2005, 10:34 AM
It finally looks like the SUV they have been claiming it to be. Although one has to ask where the Alfa grille is...

02-01-2005, 11:42 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>GerjurdKing</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">It finally looks like the SUV they have been claiming it to be. Although one has to ask where the Alfa grille is...</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Actually, while not exactly a grill, the outline of it is there. See how the outline of the main grill continues onto the airdam below it giving it the squared-off egg look of the central part. Then look at the two bumper blisters sorounding the fog-lamps. Bingo, there is your neo-alfa grill. Perhaps someone can outline them in color for all to see.

02-05-2005, 11:57 AM
You have touched on a point which seems to have been lost in all of the bashing which is taking place. This is a new and different interpretation of the Zap front end. The question I would like to have answered is, will we only see this on the Forester, or will all new Subaru's favor this new approach, rather than the Tribeca interpretation of the flight heritage design?<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by coolbluelb at 10:51 PM 2/5/2005</i>

02-05-2005, 12:00 PM
Yes I do see it now. It is quite understated but definitely there.

12-22-2005, 06:54 PM
Here's the facelifted one<br><A HREF="http://www.subaru.co.jp/forester/index.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.subaru.co.jp/forester/index.html</A><p>L.L. Bean Edition<br><A HREF="http://www.subaru.co.jp/forester/llbeanedition" TARGET="_blank">http://www.subaru.co.jp/forester/llbeanedition</A>/<p>STI version<br><A HREF="http://www.subaru.co.jp/forester/stiversion/index.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.subaru.co.jp/forest....html</A><p>Forester Airbreak<br><A HREF="http://www.subaru.co.jp/forester/airbreak" TARGET="_blank">http://www.subaru.co.jp/forester/airbreak</A>/<p>

12-22-2005, 09:05 PM
Yes, but its been arround for ages now...<p>I dont see whats so special about those four links ^^

08-23-2007, 03:50 AM
JDM Alcantara Style<br><IMG SRC="http://www.subaru.jp/forester/alcantarastyle/interior/img/ph_index_01.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><A HREF="http://www.subaru.jp/forester/alcantarastyle/index.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.subaru.jp/forester/....html</A>

08-23-2007, 06:40 AM
I never really liked this current generation Forester, unlike the original. The fuselage-inspired nose of the facelifted version I think was a negative change. <br>