PETALING JAYA: The new Subaru Forester for 2016 has arrived and is now more competitively priced as two variants are locally assembled or completely knocked down (CKD): the 2.0i at RM144,948 and 2.0i-P RM154,488.
Motor Image Malaysia, the official distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia, is now offering an introductory price of RM139,800 (2.0i) and RM151,800 (2.0i-P) for a limited time only.
There is also a third variant, the turbocharged and fully imported from Japan 2.0XT at RM211,729. All prices are on-the-road inclusive of GST and road tax without insurance.
The new Forester features a unique hexagon front grille, new C-shape taillights to match the headlights and a fan-style wheel design with 17in rims.
The 2.0i-P and 2.0XT variants have LED headlamps and C-shaped daytime running lights while the base variant comes with halogen reflectors and a new bumper design.
The cabin has been refreshed for a more upmarket look and feel. The 2.0i-P and 2.0XT variants include such features as automatic wipers and headlamps, power rear gate, power adjustable front and passenger seats, smart entry and push start, dual zone automatic climate control, SI Drive, high grade multifunction display and a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) code access.
The new PIN-code access is convenient and offers more protection against misplaced or damaged key fobs.
Standard across all variants is the X-MODE which includes such functions as Hill Descent Control (HDC), Enhanced All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System and Enhanced Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC).
The 2.0i and 2.0i-P variants comes with a 2.0 litre four cylinder 16-valve, horizontally opposed Boxer engine which produces 150PS at 6,200rpm and a maximum torque of 198Nm at 4,200rpm.
The turbocharged XT produces 241PS at 5,600rpm and 350Nm of torque at 2,400rpm - 3,600rpm as a result of the Direct-Injection Turbocharged Boxer Engine.
Safety-wise, all variants come with seven airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
“We are looking at a sales figure of around 500-600 units of the Forester a month. Our overall sales is 7,000 units a year and the Forester is now the key driving force for 2016 in Malaysia,” said Tan Chong International Ltd, executive director, Glenn Tan.
The new Forester comes in five colour options - Pure White, Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic, Sepia Bronze Metallic and Obsidian Black Metallic.