2010 Australian Motor Show: Subaru Forester S-Edition Concept

Article by Christian A., on October 15, 2010

The 2010 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney also saw the debut of the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester Concept, a new car that previews some strong clues pointing to a new variant next year.

Dubbed Subaru Forester S-Edition Concept, the new car is more powerful than any other version of the current Forester, and is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter delivering 262 hp and 347 Nm of torque.

Some of the significant additions include paddleshift five-speed automatic gearbox, revised sports suspension, Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) All-Wheel Drive, exclusive styling accents, a new set of STI 17-inch high lustre alloy wheels, Alcantara seat trim with S-Edition logos, new aluminum sport pedals, luminescent instruments with centre design unique to the model and Forester S-Edition badging.

The year 2011 saw the launch of the all-new engine for the Subaru Forester compact sports utility vehicle (SUV). The 2.5-liter engine was in fact the first new engine to be developed by the company in 21 years. The horizontally exposed Boxer engine had four cylinders, and had a stroke longer than its predecessors’ strokes.

Its combustion chamber was also more compact than earlier Forester engines. The engine’s moving parts were also lighter compared to the parts of other Forester engines. An official said that the new engine will be a boost to the already impressive popularity of the compact SUV, which the official said is a favorite among Australian drivers for both urban and rural driving.

A huge part of the SUV’s sales were driven by models fitted with diesel engines. Specifically, 29% of the Forester units sold were diesel variants, which were launched in the market in June 2010.

Prior to its launch, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program had given the Forester an independent 5-star rating for occupant safety. Its electronics are given protection by the DataDot security program.

Press Release

Forester Boosts Profile In Worldwide Debut

An exciting Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester concept with some strong clues pointing to a new variant next year has been unveiled at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.

The Forester S-Edition concept, making its worldwide debut in Sydney, builds on the turbocharged following of the existing Forester XT.

Forester S-Edition's turbocharged 2.5 litre 193 Kilowatt engine is 24 kW more powerful than the XT and produces 347 Newtonmetres of torque, up 27 Nm.

Other significant additions include:

  • Paddleshift five-speed automatic gearbox
  • Revised sports suspension
  • Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) All-Wheel Drive
  • Exclusive styling accents
  • STI 17-inch high lustre alloy wheels
  • Alcantara seat trim with S-Edition logos
  • Drilled alloy pedals
  • Luminescent instruments with centre design unique to the model
  • Forester S-Edition badging

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: "We're delighted and honoured that Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) have chosen Sydney for the worldwide unveil of this Forester concept.

"It points towards an exciting development in our Forester range early next year.

"Forester is firmly established as Australia's best selling compact sports utility vehicle, with the most recent addition to the range being the diesel variants that are proving a sales winner for our All-Wheel Drive brand.

"There's no denying Forester's appeal to Australians in both urban and rural environments, so we think this concept will only add to the huge interest," added Mr Senior.

Today's unveil follows FHI's recent announcement of its first all-new new engine in 21 years, which will debut on normally aspirated Foresters in Australia in early 2011.

The third-generation four cylinder horizontally opposed Boxer engine will launch as a 2.5 litre in Australia.

It features a longer stroke, compact combustion chamber and lighter moving parts.

Forester remains Australia's best-selling compact sports utility vehicle year-to-date, with recently launched diesel variants drawing even more customers to the multi-award-winning model.

Since going on the market in June, diesel variants have represented 29 per cent of Forester sales.

Along with every vehicle in the Subaru range, Forester has an independent five-star rating for occupant safety from the respected Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and is protected by DataDot security.

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