Subaru performance. SUV styling
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
The sign of a true performer, is good balance. And when it comes to driving a Subaru, superior balance equals superior vehicle control. That’s why Subaru has built its reputation on its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system and a symmetrical drivetrain that delivers an innate sense of balance from the ground up.
AWD delivers engine power to all four wheels simultaneously. Having power distributed across all four wheels, rather than two on conventional vehicles, gives you twice the grip capacity. So under acceleration there’s more grip for cornering and more capacity to keep on track through the corners. Ultimately, having the driving force spread across all four wheels means greater control and confidence.
The Boxer engine is designed to sit lower and flatter in the engine bay, than traditional engines.
Due to this unique horizontally-opposed configuration the engine delivers less noise and vibration to the cabin, while the lowered centre of gravity improves stability, cornering and traction with the road.
Also due to its low height, the engine is driven downwards and under the floor of the cabin in the event of a severe frontal collision to reduce the risk of injury to occupants.
The Forester’s X-Mode has evolved with the addition of new functions, strengthening its off-road and steep hill performance.
Forester 2.5 Premium has two switchable modes, controlled using an easy-to-check dial. When D.SNOW/MUD is selected, ECU torque control allows the engine to generate maximum torque more quickly, producing moderate wheel slip, making it easier to move unstick the vehicle, in deep snow or mud.
Incline angles, plus left and right roll angle are displayed in detail on the Multi-Function Display (upper centre console), for easy viewing while driving.
X-Mode also includes a hill descent control function.