MIAS 2011: Subaru Forester gets an upgrade

For performance and fuel-efficiency boost
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Apr 7, 2011

Subaru Forester at MIAS 2011

Subaru has updated the Forester but instead of giving it just a simple facelift, the Japanese carmaker has done something drastic by replacing the engine with an all-new one.

Replacing the old "EJ" series engine, specifically in the 2.0-liter XS variant Forester is the all-new "FB" series--Subaru's first all-new engine in over 20 years. The new engine features an entirely new basic structure while still exhibiting the unique advantages of Subaru's renowned horizontally-opposed boxer engine layout like its light weight, compact size and low center of gravity.

Benefits given by the all-new engine include a 10-percent increase in fuel efficiency and an improvement in the car's driving performance through smooth acceleration in all speed ranges.

The subtle facelift the Forester gets also benefits the 2.5-liter XT variant like the new front grille and side-view mirror integrated turn signals for the exterior;  while Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control and a newly-designed instrument cluster are the new changes to the interior.

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The Forester 2.5XT is available for P1.758 million and the 2.0XS is available for P1.388 million.

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