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We have seen it at the Bangkok Motor Show a couple of weeks back and even sampled its prowess off-road. As the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia, Motor Image Malaysia finally launched the new Subaru Forester into the local market. Offering improved handling dynamics, innovative technologies and aesthetic upgrades, the new Forester is the ideal choice for an active family that lives life to the fullest.

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“Together with the launch of the Forester, Subaru is excited to roll-out a brand-new campaign to highlight the traits of the new Forester, an unstoppable vehicle that can turn any challenging terrain into an exciting adventure,” said Mr. Glenn Tan, Executive Director of Tan Chong International Ltd.

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“The campaign name “Is There Anything You Can’t Do” reminds people that they can achieve anything they have their eyes set on, and the Subaru Forester will accompany them throughout their adventure,” he added.

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The new Subaru Forester will be available in three options. The two CKD models, the 2.0i and 2.0i-P are powered by Subaru’s renowned 2.0-liter four-cylinder FB20 Horizontally-Opposed boxer engine, pushing out 150PS at 6,200rpm and a peak torque of 198Nm at 4,200rpm. But if its power you are looking for, the 2.0XT will be the perfect candidate as the FA20 Direct-Injection Turbocharged boxer engine has 241PS and 5,600rpm and a peak torque of 350Nm at 2,400-3,600rpm in its disposal.

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All three Forester variant feature Subaru’s hexagon front grille, new C-shaped taillights that matches the headlights, and a new fan-style wheel design with 17-inch rims. Both the 2.0i-P and 2.0XT get the LED headlamps with the C-shaped DRLs, while the 2.0i is equipped with the halogen reflectors and a new bumper design.

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On the inside, the cabin design has been refreshed to offer a more upmarket look and feel with the TFT LCD colour display, premium head-unit, and a redesigned steering wheel. For that premium feel, the 2.0i and 2.0XT are fitted with features such as automatic wipers and headlamps, power rear gate, power adjustable driver seat with memory function and power adjustable passenger seat, smart entry and push start, dual zone automatic air-conditioning, SI Drive, high-grade multifunction display and a PIN code access. To differentiate the XT from the others, it also comes with a sunroof, a Harman Kardon premium audio system and 18-inch rims.

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But the main highlight for the Forester is definitely the X-MODE, which ensures optimized control of the vehicle by delivering on functions such as Hill Descent Control (HDC), Enhanced All-Wheel Drive System and Enhanced Vehicle Dynamics Control. The X-MODE will get the on-board computer to coordinate the throttle, transmission, brakes and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (S-AWD) to assist the driver in navigating safely through any difficult terrain.

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The 2.0i and 2.0XT are fitted with Steering Responsive Headlights that allows the headlight beam to move according to the direction of the steering wheel to maximize driver visibility and safety. Other additional safety features which are available for all variants include seven airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, engine immobilizer, brake override, safety pedal system, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

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The CKD 2.0i and 2.0i-P are priced at RM 144,948 and RM 154,488 respectively, while the turbocharged 2.0XT CBU model from Japan is priced at RM 211,729. However for a limited time only, TC Subaru will be offering an introductory price of RM 139,800 for the 2.0i and RM 151,800 for the 2.0i-P. All prices stated are on-the-road inclusive of GST, road tax and without insurance, for private registration in Peninsular Malaysia only.