As a little prelude to Subaru’s Palm Challenge last month, Motor Image CEO Glenn Tan presented to the local and international media the all-new Subaru Forester. This Forester model has been available in markets outside Southeast Asia since August 2018, so the launch in Singapore is the spearheading, so to speak, of the new generation’s introduction in our region.
Updates aren’t too obvious at a glance, with some styling revisions being among the only noticeable changes from the previous model. The crossover’s underpinnings are different from its predecessor’s, though, as the Forester now rides on the Subaru Global Platform. There’s enough ground clearance for Philippine road conditions, with 220mm separating floods and unfriendly roads from the SUV’s important undercarriage bits.
Also noticeable is the EyeSight unit, which houses Subaru’s patented driver-assist technology, mounted at the top of the windshield. EyeSight won’t be limited to just top-trim levels; Tan shares that it will be standard throughout the model range.
The interior is roomier than the already-spacious cabin of the previous Forester, with more legroom and breathing space for the rear occupants. Also noteworthy is the dirt- and scuff-resistant surfaces found in the cargo area. It’s perfect for gear, dogs, tents, and all manner of things that SUV buyers will inevitably haul into the back.
For our market, the new Forester will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The boxer mill produces around 154hp at 6,000rpm and 196Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It’s paired with Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT, which also has paddle shifters for when you want to do the shifting yourself.
Expect the new Forester to hit local showrooms in January next year—without too much of a price hike, hopefully.