The Subaru Forester GT Edition, which was launched in early 2020 in Singapore, has landed in Malaysia. The GT Edition kit uses the Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight as its host and is priced at RM177,788. That makes it about RM8,000 extra over the regular 2.0i-S EyeSight.
That additional will get you items inside and outside. Notably, the GT Edition has an exterior aero kit consisting of four integrated elements to give the Forester a sportier look:
- Front bumper lip extension
- Side skirts
- Roof spoiler
- Rear bumper lip extension
This body kit is complemented by 18″ bespoke alloy wheels with ‘GT’ badging. Within this all-wheel-drive SUV, there is a new 8″ Display Audio System with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, as well as a Superview Around Recognition 360 System which is a surround view camera system for easier parking and manouevring. The seats also boast seat-leather design unique to this variant.
The Forester GT Edition is the second such model brought in by TC Subaru Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia, the first being the XV. The special edition Forester is created in close collaboration with renowned engineering company Giken Co. Ltd and Mr Masahiko “Jack” Kobayashi.
Mr Kobayashi is the former Chief Designer (Head of Global Advanced Design Studio) at Subaru Corporation. He originally trained and practiced as a fashion designer in Tokyo before graduating with a degree in Transportation Design. In his 25-year career with Subaru, he is known as the ‘hit maker’, after designing numerous successful models, including the original Outback – the world’s first sports utility wagon, several generations of the Legacy and Impreza, the current WRX and WRX STI sports saloons, the Levorg sports tourer and the first-generation XV. He is now an independent designer.
Meanwhile, Giken is an award-winning engineering and design company involved in the automotive and industrial equipment sectors. It holds numerous patents in Japan, South Korea and USA, and is an established global supplier of aero parts and other automotive components to Subaru and other car manufacturers.
The Forester GT Edition is tailored specifically with Motor Image’s in-depth understanding of the market, Mr Kobayashi’s expertise, as well as Giken’s experience, and is expected to be a game-changer for Subaru in Malaysia. The Forester comes with the four hallmark Subaru Core Technologies – Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Boxer Engine, Subaru Global Platform and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology – all of which contribute to a total of more than 100 safety features. It is powered by a 2.0L boxer engine with 156 PS and 196 Nm of torque, which is prioritised for fuel efficiency. The power is transferred via a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with seven speed manual mode.
“We are proud to introduce the Forester GT Edition to Malaysia. Now, the Forester looks more rugged yet refined, sophisticated and sporty. It is specially made for those who want to stand out from the crowd and defy convention. With it, we are offering customers here a better line-up, better quality and value. I believe it will excite the market and drive product interest,” said Mr Glenn Tan, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Tan Chong International Ltd. Tan Chong International Ltd owns the Motor Image Group of companies.
The Subaru Forester GT Edition has seven exterior colours on offer i.e. Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Jasper Green Metallic, Horizon Blue Pearl, Sepia Bronze Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic and Crystal Black Silica.
It is on display at all authorised Subaru showrooms nationwide. In line with Subaru’s focus on safety, the company has implemented stringent protocols at all its facilities for the health, safety and peace of mind of customers when they visit.