18 Images: The all-new Subaru Forester debuts in Taiwan

It's set to arrive in the Philippines in January 2019
by Sharleen Banzon | Aug 7, 2018
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Four months after the global reveal of the all-new Subaru Forester at the New York International Auto Show, we finally get to see the car in the metal at its regional launch in Taiwan. The fifth-generation model, which still boasts its predecessor's boxy form as well as the brand's trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and boxer engine, now includes two of the latest Subaru core technologies, namely, the Subaru Global Platform and the EyeSight driver-assist technology.

We need to break some bad news first, though: If you've been waiting for this compact crossover to land on local shores, you'll have to be patient for a few more months because it won't be making its Philippine debut until January 2019. What we can share with you now are the specifications for the Taiwanese market, which should be an indication of the features that our version will be having.

The new Forester's lineup for Taiwan comprises four variants, all powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline engine that generates 154hp at 6,000rpm and 196Nm at 4,000rpm. The flat-four mill is mated to a Lineartronic CVT with seven simulated gears in manual mode. In case you didn't know, the model will no longer be offered with a turbocharged motor.

Driver-assistance systems like active torque vectoring, vehicle dynamics control, and X-Mode are standard across the range, working in tandem with the new Subaru Global Platform to deliver smoother, more agile, and more stable handling versus the previous generation. Also, the minimum ground clearance of 220mm should easily see the Forester through off-road conditions that its competitors may find a bit too challenging to tackle.

Other notable safety and convenience features found on all variants include front, side, curtain, and knee airbags; auto vehicle hold, which keeps the vehicle at a standstill in traffic even when the driver’s foot is off the brake pedal; and a high-grade multifunction display that shows key vehicle statistics on the instrument panel.

On higher variants, the EyeSight and Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection (SRVD) technologies help ensure the safety not just of the Forester's occupants, but also of other road users. The former includes features like pre-collision braking and throttle management, adaptive cruise control, lead vehicle start alert (which alerts the driver if traffic ahead is moving again), and lane-departure and lane-sway warnings. SRVD, meanwhile, covers blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.

As for interior changes, the new Forester boasts increased passenger and cargo space compared with the preceding model, and also benefits from a redesigned layout and new features to improve driving ergonomics and occupant comfort.

Enjoy these photos of the all-new Forester from the regional launch. The complete specs of the model's Taiwanese-market lineup are also available after the photos.

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Subaru Forester Specifications (Taiwan regional launch)

Dimension and Weight

2.0i-L

2.0i-L EyeSight

2.0i-S

2.0i-S EyeSight

Length/width/height (mm)

4,625 / 1,815 / 1,730

Tire size

225/60 R17

225/55 R18

Curb weight (kg)

1,538

1,580

Ground clearance (mm)

220

Engine

Type

direct fuel-injection, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve gasoline

Displacement (cc)

1,995

Power (hp / rpm)

154 / 6,000

Torque (Nm / rpm)

196 / 4,000

Fuel tank capacity (L)

63

Chassis and Suspension

Transmission type

Lineartronic CVT

Brakes (front / rear)

ventilated disc brakes / ventilated disc brakes

Suspension (front/ rear)

MacPherson strut / double-wishbone

Exterior

Front foglamps

equipped

equipped

 

 

Front LED foglamps

 

 

equipped

equipped

Headlamp washers

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Daytime running lights (halogen)

equipped

 

 

 

Daytime running lights (LED)

 

equipped

equipped

equipped

LED headlamps with auto levelizer

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Power-folding door mirrors with LED turn signal

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Power-sliding large glass sunroof

 

 

 

equipped

Rear foglamp

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Roof rails

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Roof spoiler

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Shark-fin antenna

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Safety

Four-sensor / four-channel ABS with EBD

equipped

Active torque vectoring

equipped

Brake assist

equipped

Brake override

equipped

Engine immobilizer

equipped

Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)

equipped

Emergency stop signal

equipped

Isofix adapted child-seat anchor

equipped

Safety pedal system

equipped

Side-door reinforcement beams

equipped

SRS front, side, and curtain airbags

equipped

SRS knee airbag

equipped

Functionality and Convenience

Active grille shutter

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Aluminum pedals

 

 

equipped

equipped

Audio system with 8in display (with navigation)

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Auto headlamps

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Auto vehicle hold

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Blind-spot detection

 

equipped

equipped

equipped

Bluetooth-compatible hands-free system

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Electronic parking brake

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

 

equipped

 

equipped

Heated door mirrors

 

equipped

equipped

equipped

High-beam assist

 

equipped

 

equipped

High-grade multifunction display

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Lane-change assist

 

equipped

equipped

equipped

Idle Stop System (ISS)

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Multifunction steering wheel with cruise control

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

One-touch turn signal

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Paddle shifters

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

PIN code access

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory function

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Power-adjustable passenger’s seat

 

equipped

equipped

equipped

Power rear gate with memory function

 

 

equipped

equipped

Rain-sensing wipers

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Rear cross-traffic alert

 

equipped

equipped

equipped

Rear-seat armrest with cupholders

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Reverse camera

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Reclining rear seats

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Retractable cargo cover

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Reverse sensors

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

SI-Drive

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Sideview monitor

 

equipped

equipped

equipped

Smart entry and push-start button

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

Steering-responsive headlights

 

equipped

equipped

equipped

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

USB and auxiliary audio input jack

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

X-Mode

equipped

equipped

 

 

Special X-Mode

 

 

equipped

equipped

60/40 split-folding rear seats

equipped

equipped

equipped

equipped

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