Subaru has given us a preview of the changes it has in store for its Forester crossover, with the automaker unveiling a special concept version of the car packed with all its latest technologies. The concept is dubbed the 2010 Subaru Forester S-Edition and it’s made its world debut this past week at the 2010 Australian Motor Show in Sydney.

Based around the sporty Forester XT platform, the Subaru Forester S-Edition features a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine developing 260 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque, up 32 horsepower and 20 pound-feet of torque on the current XT. The new powerplant features Subaru’s third-generation horizontally opposed engine design, which the automaker claims offers fuel efficiency gains of up to 10 percent over the previous design.

The Subaru Forester S-Edition’s drivetrain also includes a paddleshift five-speed automatic gearbox, revised sports suspension and a variable torque distribution all-wheel drive system.

Other special features include exclusive styling accents on the interior, STI 17 inch alloy wheels, Alcantara seat trim with S-Edition logos, drilled alloy pedals, and special badging.

As Subaru points out, the new concept points towards a development in its Forester range scheduled for early next year.