Published on April 14th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair


New Subaru Forester Launched in Malaysia with RM139800 Introductory Price

Motor Image Malaysia, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia, today launched the new Subaru Forester – offering improved handling dynamics, innovative technologies and aesthetic upgrades, making it the ideal choice for an active family that lives life to the fullest.

The new Subaru Forester is available in three options. Two Completely Knocked Down (CKD) variants – 2.0i are competitively priced at RM144,948 and 2.0i-P at RM154,488 respectively. A third variant is the fully imported turbocharged 2.0XT Complete Built Up (CBU) from Japan, priced at RM211,729.


For a limited time only, TC Subaru is offering an introductory price for the 2.0i at RM139,800 and 2.0i-P for RM151,800. All prices stated are on-the-road inclusive of GST, road tax and without insurance, for private registration in Peninsular Malaysia only.

To mark the arrival of the new Subaru Forester, Motor Image recently launched a new brand campaign ‘Is There Anything You Can’t Do?’ This campaign is aligned with families and drivers who have an unstoppable attitude – there is nothing they can’t do in life. The New Subaru Forester is the car designed for their lifestyle. A car that represents the resilience and endless capacity to get what they desire.


The new Subaru Forester’s suspension has been enhanced for maximum comfort and handling performance. With a stiffer front cross member, enhanced coil and damper, drivers will experience a more comfortable ride quality with agile and nimble handling across all urban and off-road terrains

To maximize occupant comfort and ride quality, noise from inside and outside the cabin has been reduced as a result of improved sound proofing materials and increased window thickness.

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Staying true to the roots of an all-terrain vehicle, the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) continues to complement the new Forester’s performance. Subaru’s CVT allows power to be delivered consistently and smoothly at all times, regardless of terrain, making it ideal for adventurous customers who take their car off the beaten track.

The new Forester 2.0i and 2.0i-P variants feature Subaru’s renown 2.0-litre four-cylinder 16-valve FB20 horizontally-opposed boxer engine which produces a maximum power of 150PS at 6200 rpm and a peak torque of 198Nm at 4200 rpm. Better fuel efficiency of 7.9L/100km (combined) is also achieved as a result of a long stroke engine coupled with a lightweight engine block.


The 2.0XT variant produced maximum power of 241PS at 5600 rpm and peak torque of 350Nm at 2400-3600 rpm as a result of a FA20 direct injection turbocharged boxer engine for higher power and decent fuel efficiency of 8.5L/100km (combined).

All three Forester variants feature Subaru’s unique hexagon front grille, new C-shaped taillights to match the headlights and a new fan-style wheel design with 17” rims. The facelifted 2.0-P and 2.0XT Forester variants also receive LED headlamps with C-shaped daytime running lights, while the 2.0i variant gets halogen reflectors and a new bumper design.


The interior now offers a more upmarket look and feel with a refreshed cabin design, stylish TFT LCD colour display, premium head unit and redesigned steering wheel. The premium feel is further enhanced in the 2.0i-P and 2.0XT Forester variants 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 unique Personal Identification Number code access.


The new PIN-code access is ultra-convenient and offers more protection against misplaced or damaged key fobs, especially when spending time outdoors or enjoying adventurous sports like running, rock climbing or mountain biking. This clever feature allows customers to access their new Subaru Forester without a key fob, which can be safely and securely left in the car.

The top-of-the-range Subaru Forester 2.0XT adds even more luxurious features such as a sunroof, premium audio system with Harman Kardon speakers and 18” rims.

A key highlight of the new Subaru Forester is the new X-MODE, which ensures optimised control of the vehicle by delivering on functions such as Hill Descent Control (HDC), Enhanced All-Wheel Drive,  and Enhanced Vehicle Dynamic Control. X-MODE comes standard across all three variants available in Malaysia.


When in X-MODE, the on-board computer coordinates the throttle, transmission, brakes and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to help anyone safely drive through any difficult terrain. X-MODE’s HDC helps modulate speed whether the vehicle is going down a steep hill in the city or through gravel slopes. Additionally, the combination of X-MODE with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive can also help the new Forester get out of muddy situations when one or more wheels gets stuck.

Steering Responsive Headlights have been fitted on the 2.0i-P and 2.0XT variants. This innovation allows the headlight beam to move left or right according to the direction of the steering wheel, maximising driver visibility and safety.

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Additional standard safety features for all variants also includes seven airbags (dual front, sides and curtains, + driver’s knee), ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, engine immobiliser, brake override, safety pedal system, ISOFIX child seat anchors.


Improvements on passive safety include side door reinforcement beams and a ring-shaped reinforcement frame around which the new Subaru Forester is constructed. Made of high-tensile strength steel, the reinforced frame is designed to shield and protect occupants by directing impact energy around the passenger compartment, rather than through it. Able to withstand the weight of the 1.5 ton Forester, the reinforced frame also provides additional passenger safety in the event of a rollover.

The new Subaru Forester is available in five colour options – Pure White, Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic, Sepia Bronze Metallic and Obsidian Black Metallic – for booking at all Subaru showrooms nationwide.

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