Subaru of America, Inc. recently released the first official photos of the all-new, third-generation 2009 Forester, a total re-design of the crossover utility vehicle that will debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The 2009 Forester, which arrives in Subaru dealerships this spring, builds upon its predecessor's reputation as an icon of safety, dependability and versatility. The new-generation 2009 model projects a more SUV-like design.As with all Subaru models, the 2009 Forester comes equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. An all-new platform featuring a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase (now 103.0 inches) and double-wishbone rear suspension improves crash-worthiness and provides crisper handling, a quieter ride and increased interior space and cargo room. All Forester models for 2009 feature standard side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, and the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard on all models for the first time. With the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (Subaru DC3), Subaru optimized all elements of the Forester's chassis to deliver a better balance of ride, handling response, quietness and overall traction performance than offered by competitive vehicles. The 2009 Forester offers a navigation system for the first time as well as advanced audio system upgrade options. The 2009 Forester comes pre-wired for XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio. An auxiliary audio input jack enables connection of an MP3 player.