Later on opening day of the 2013 Manila International Auto Show, the fourth-generation Forester will be officially launched to the public. But at an exclusive party held at the Subaru Greenhills showroom last night, Motor Image Pilipinas presented the Forester 2.0XT and 2.0i-L.
Ryuji Nojiri, senior project manager of Fuji Heavy Industries, presented the design improvements of the all-new Forester. "The wheelbase, foot space and overall length have increased," said Nojiri, who has been with FHI, the conglomerate that owns the Subaru brand, since 1985 and has been involved with the Forester's design since its inception. Moreover, the all-new Forester that we will see at MIAS has an expanded cargo space and a new power-lift tailgate operated by a push button, a first for a Subaru vehicle.
The new Forester is expected to increase Motor Image Pilipinas's sales numbers in the country. But would it steal the XV's numbers? Well, not entirely. "The XV and the Forester are totally different," said Glenn Tan, executive director of Tan Chong International Ltd., the Singaporean corporation that owns Motor Image. "The Forester is for the outdoors; it is very versatile. The XV is the urban SUV; it is based on the Impreza." Hence, the vehicles have two different target customers, according to Tan.
View the gallery below or drop by MIAS to check out the all-new Forester.
Photos by Raynand Olarte