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.