Subaru has unveiled its crossover SUV Forester in 2007. The dimensions derive from engineers using the basic body structure of the Japanese-spec Impreza wagon with the rear platform of the U.S.-spec Impreza sedan. The new model added 3.5 inches (89 mm) to the Forester’s wheelbase, improving interior space and cargo room (31 cu ft (0.88 m3) expandable to 69 cu ft (2.0 m3)). Ground clearance was 8.9 inches (230 mm).
The independent double-wishbone rear suspension was redesigned for better handling and a smoother ride. A “Sportshift” mode was added to the four-speed computer-controlled automatic transmission. The in-dash, touch-screen satellite navigation system became Bluetooth compatible and integrated with a premium stereo. A six-speaker surround sound enhancement was optional.