The Subaru Forester is a 5-door midsize crossover SUV produced since 1997. The concept for the car, called the Streega, was first introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show of 1995 and was one of the first crossover SUVs to be produced worldwide. The Forester was initially produced as a compact crossover wagon by Fuji Heavy Industries until 2008. It replaced the Subaru Impreza Gravel Express and the Subaru Outback in some markets. Its competitors in the segment include the Mitsubishi RVR and the Suzuki Grand Vitara.
The first generation Forester came with 3 trim versions: standard, L and S. Four models were available in Australia: GX, Limited, Special Edition, and 2 GT versions. The SF first generation was produced until 2002.
The SG second generation was manufactured from 2003 to 2008. It was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show of 2002, and showcased new engine options and exterior restyling. An STI version for the Japanese market was added to the line in 2004. The Forester XT was awarded International Engine of the Year in 2006.
The third generation, named SH, was unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show and designed by the company’s chief designer Mamoru Ishii. It received a facelift in 2010, including grille and motor. The latest generation SJ started production since 2012.