Motor Image Malaysia has officially launched the 2016 Subaru Forester facelift, following its debut at the Bangkok Motor Show a few weeks ago. The SUV is offered here in three variants: 2.0i, 2.0i-P and the range-topping 2.0XT.
According to Subaru, both the 2.0i and 2.0i-P are locally assembled (CKD) alongside the XV crossover at Tan Chong’s Segambut facility while the 2.0XT is fully imported (CBU) from Japan. Prices start at RM144,948 for the 2.0i, RM154,488 for the 2.0i-P, and RM211,729 for the 2.0XT. All prices are OTR inclusive of GST. However, early birds will enjoy an introductory price of RM139,800 for the 2.0i and RM151,800 for the 2.0i-P.
Exterior changes are subtle yet evident. The entry-level variant wears a new bumper design with matt aluminium grille trim while the model above it adorns the XT’s front bumper, combined with chrome finishing on the five-point grille. Both the CKD models roll on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 225/60 tyres while the 2.0XT rill on 18-inch wheels shod with 225/55 tyres.
Equipment-wise, both the 2.0i-P and 2.0XT are kitted with a pair of LED headlamps with C-shaped DRLs, which come with a Steering Responsive Headlight function. The 2.0-i gets the same C-shaped DRLs but settles with halogen reflector headlamps. Other standard equipment include roof spoiler, roof rails, as well as power folding side mirrors with LED indicators. LED wing mirror, headlamp washers, and front and rear fog lamps are exclusive for the 2.0i-P.
Inside, the cabin retains its layout but gains a few enhancements to give it a more upmarket feel. Standard across the range are leather upholstery, TFT LCD colour display as well as redesigned steering wheel. The premium look is further enhanced in the 2.0i-P and 2.0XT, where features such as automatic wipers, power rear gate, power adjustable seats with memory function, dual-zone auto air-conditioning as well as push start button are present.
Additionally, buyers of the two variants can now access their Forester without the key fob, thanks to the new PIN-code access function. It offers protection against misplaced or damaged key fobs that could occur while spending time outdoors.
The 2.0i and 2.0i-P are powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine with an output of 150 PS at 6,200 rpm and 198 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. The power routes to all four wheels via Subaru’s Lineatronic CVT and Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system.
The 2.0XT, on the other hand, employs the same drivetrain formula, except that it has a turbocharged 2.0-litre boxer engine packing 241 PS at 5,600 rpm and 350 Nm from 2,400 to 3,600 rpm under the hood. The X-Mode, which controls functions such as Hill Descent Control (HDC), AWD system and Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) are standard in all variants.
On the safety front, all three variants are equipped with the same level of equipment. There are seven airbags (front, side, knee and curtain), ABS with EBD, side door reinforcement beams, brake assist, engine immobiliser, ISODIX child seat anchors as well as brake override.