Principal interest was around the launch of Subaru's long awaited FB engine which debuted with the Series Three Forester 2.5X Premier Crossover. Considerably more powerful than its predecessors, The FB engine in the 2.5X Subaru Forester Premium Version is their 2.5 liter double overhead camshaft version.
Subaru are confident the FB 25 will be regarded as being worth the wait, which is to be expected, as it is the first engine the company has released in more than twenty years. In keeping with the times, the engine offers new levels of fuel economy while at the same time improving engine performance through reducing rpm and considerably increasing torque rates, according to reviews.
Subaru maintain that the 2012 Forrester 2.5x Premier crossover will offer increases in miles per gallon, both in the city and on the open road, with consumption figures of 21miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the open road, irrespective of whether the car is manual or automatic.
Add to that, the Forester's rear suspension that has also undergone some considerable modifications. Subaru have remained with an independent double wishbone formula in the Series Three, with upgrades designed to improve handling as well as providing a silky smooth driving experience, according to all reviews. The Forester is available with either a Sportshift four-speed computer-controlled automatic transmission or manually geared, integrating Subaru's ingenious Incline Start Assist feature.
Safety is obviously a major issue with Subaru with the Forester offering no less than six airbags, (two in the front, two in the front sides and two in the back passenger doors). Another important safety feature debuting in the 2012 model is Subaru's brake assist feature, developed to detect signs of panic braking, which will automatically intervene and cause the Forester to come to an immediate stop.
The 2012 Forester is considerably longer than the One and Two series, 3.5 inches (89 mm) to be exact , giving the Series Three a combined interior space and cargo room area going up from 31 cubic feet and topping out on a maximum of 69 cubic feet. The ground clearance problem that was an issue with the earlier models has also been addressed in the Series Three Forester 2.5X Premier, which now sits nine inches of the ground.