Motor Image, authorized distributor of Subaru vehicles in Asia Pacific ten countries, has today introduced the all-new fourth-generation Subaru Forester in Malaysia. Available only in one variant, the Forester 2.0 XT is priced at RM206,481.70 with insurance.
Measuring 4,595mm stem to stern with seats for five, the Forester is of similar size to a Honda CR-V. Its considerable premium over the CR-V and other mid-sized SUVs is justified by the used of a turbocharged direct injection engine, which pumps out 237hp @ 5,500rpm and 350Nm @ 2,400 – 3,600rpm.
Performance numbers, for the record, are 7.5 seconds to 100kph and a top speed of 221kph. Consumption and carbon emissions measured to ECE R101-01 standards are at 8.5 l/100km and 197 g/km respectively on the combined cycle.
Sporting all-new sheet metal and underpinnings, the Forester nevertheless consists of familiar ingredients that are quintessentially Subaru. Its four-cylinder Boxer engine distributes power to all corners through a symmetrical all-wheel drive setup which Subaru has perfected for decades. A CVT facilitates transmission of power, and suspension is independent all-round with MacPherson struts up front and double wishbones at the rear. Front and rear ventilated discs are standard.
Incorporated in the Forester’s AWD system featured X-Mode is a switch-activated X-mode that activates off-road optimized settings for its engine, transmission, brakes, and stability control. Drivers can also fiddle between three driving modes – Intelligent, Sports, and Sports Sharp – using the Subaru SI-DRIVE system to adjust engine and transmission behaviour.
A generous equipment manifest appropriately justifies the Forester’s premium asking price. Standard kit include self-leveling auto HID headlamps, front and rear fog lamps, auto wipers, powered sunroof, ISOFIX, seven airbags, keyless entry, push-button start, reverse camera, powered tail gate, electric driver seat adjustment, and steering mounted controls.
Fully imported from Japan, the all-new Forester is available for booking at all Subaru showrooms nationwide.