All-New Subaru Forester Launched in Malaysia, 3 Variants From RM139k

Adrian Chia · Aug 23, 2019 03:50 PM

  • 2.0-litre naturally aspirated Boxer engine with 156 PS/196 Nm
  • Range-topping Forester 2.0i-S gets EyeSight option
  • Fully imported (CBU) from Thailand

TC Subaru has just unveiled the all-new Subaru Forester to the Malaysian market. Prices have gone up across the board compared to the outgoing model, but buyers now have three variants to choose from as well as the option for EyeSight Advanced Driving Assistance System.

Now in its fifth generation, the Forester is now longer and wider than before. Key dimension figures now stand at 4,625 mm in length (+30 mm), 1,815 mm in width (+20 mm), 1,730 mm in height (-5 mm) with a wheelbase of 2,670 mm (+30 mm).

It now rides on the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP) like the XV and Impreza, boasting reduced weight as well as improved ride comfort and safety. The increased dimensions also free up 33 mm rear legroom and 100 more boot space at 520 litres.

Setting the entry-level 2.0i-L apart from the 2.0i-S is the lack of LED frontal illumination, silver under guards and roof rails as well as the smaller 17-inch alloys (1-inch down).

There is only one powertrain available for the Forester, the FB20 2.0-litre naturally aspirated direct-injection four-cylinder Boxer engine paired to a Lineartronic CVT and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

Outputs are identical to the XV’s, at 156 PS and 196 Nm of torque. Century sprint is claimed to be 10.3 seconds while top speed is registered at 193 km/h. All variants come with the X-Mode should you choose to hit the path less travelled but only the 2.0i-P gets the 2-Mode function (D.Snow/Mud and Snow/Dirt).

For the range-topping 2.0i-P variant, customers can opt for the EyeSight package which adds Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Sway and Departure Warning, Lead Vehicle Start Alert, Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection System.

Every purchase of the all-new Subaru Forester comes with a 5-Years/100,000 km Warranty.