2013 Subaru Forester unveiling_2 Motor Image yesterday brought forward its latest variant the 4th generation Subaru Forester 2.0XT as the main exhibit at mini Subaru showcase on the Highstreet Concourse of the One utama Shopping mall in Petaling Jaya.

2013 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT front

4th Gen Subaru Forester debut in the U.S. in December 2012

The new Subaru Forester first appeared at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, followed by the variant’s U.S. debut. Motor Image initially planned to introduce the Forester to the Asean markets much sooner. Regardless, the newest generation Subaru Forester incorporates bolder exterior motifs and has a roomier cabin, along with much improved performance and higher fuel economy across the line; there are two versions to the Forester, a 2.0 XT and 2.5i. All the essential Subaru elements such as the BOXER engine, X-Mode all-wheel drive (AWD) control system and direct injection Turbo powerplant with SI-Drive are in place in the new Subaru Forester.

2013 Subaru Forester unveiling

Motor Image has decided on distributing just the Forester 2.0XT in the country at this point in time. The Subaru Forester takes up sharper edges on an all-new body, particularly the 2.0-liter’s aggressive front bumper with a one-piece mesh grille and chrome-framed fog lights. HID headlights, power-folding signal lights on the door mirrors, the rear’s twin muffler and a sturdy rear spoiler are quintessential elements that derive the sportiness of the Forester. Completing the Forester’s overall impression are the 18-inch Wheel and 225 / 55 R18 tyres. Further, the new Subaru SUV AWD, based on a new platform, has a longer wheelbase (now at 2,640mm). The SUV’s overall length is increased to 4,595mm as did the width at 1,795mm, while the car’s ground clearance is measured at 220mm.

2013 Subaru Forester inteior dashboard overview

A wide field of view for all seats and spacious visibility for stress-free driving have also been achieved in the Subaru Forester’s re-designed interior. Drivers will also get more convenience on-the-go with expanded cargo space and a new power-lift tailgate operated by push-button, a first for Subaru. That said, the new Forester gets notable gains in roominess, particularly in the rear seat, where legroom is now 1059 mm. Additionally, maximum rear cargo area room with the 60/40 split rear seats lowered is now 2,115 liters, which is among the best in class.

The Subaru Forester 2.0XT variant features Subaru’s Horizontally-Opposed Direct Injection Turbo (DIT) engine. Combined with the high-torque, responsive Lineartronic transmission, the Boxer engine ensures that the vehicle delivers a more dynamic and enjoyable driving experience with increased mid-to-low range torque and smoother acceleration. In numbers, the output and torque goes up to 240 PS and 350 Nm. In additon, environmentally-friendly technologies have also been designed to reduce friction and improve combustion efficiency.

At the core of the Forester is Subaru’s unique Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive technology (AWD) that provides a sense of stability and allows for quick response to all types of roads. Enhancing the AWD’s ability is a newly developed X-mode control system that is designed for any driver to easily navigate on tough roads or 4X4 courses, handle slippery surfaces or steep hills with just one switch. Moreover, the new Forester includes the SI-DRIVE which is a sort drive mode switch that enables the driver to select “Intelligent”, “Sports” and “S# (Sports sharp)” modes.

The Subaru Forester’s safety features are among the most ample in this class, including front, side and curtain Airbags with knee airbags for driver only; immobilizer; safety pedal syatem; Hill Descent control; Hill Start Assist; VDC (Vehicle Dynamics control); reinforced beams; and 4-sensor/4-channel ABS with EBD and Brake Assist.

Subaru Forester 2.0 XT rear

New Subaru Forester Price and Avaliabilty

The all-new Forester is available for booking from late July at all Subaru showrooms across Malaysia. The on-the-road with insurance price for the Subaru Forester is RM206,481.70, inclusive of a 5-year 0r 100,000km warranty. Colors available are Satin White Pearl, Jasmine Green Metallic, Burnished Bronze Metallic (limited), Dark Grey Metallic and Crystal Black silica.