Friday, April 5, 2013

MIAS 2013: Subaru Officially Launches All-New Forester

Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the Asia region, today launched the all-new Forester in Philippines. The fourth generation Forester was designed to achieve enhanced user-friendly utilities, comfort and a stress-free, fun-to-drive character through improved driving performance and ride quality.

The Subaru Forester 2.0XT and 2.0i-L models are now available in Philippines.

The all-new Forester features:
  • Superior driving performance and ride quality powered by the new-generation Boxer engine combined with Lineartronic transmission 
  • X-MODE, a new All-Wheel Drive control system
  • Excellent fuel efficiency and safety performance 
  • A redesigned cabin with spacious cargo space and a new power-lift tailgate operated by push-button (for Forester 2.0XT only)
  • A new Direct Injection Turbo engine (for Forester 2.0XT only)
The new fourth-generation Forester 2.0XT features Subaru’s Horizontally-Opposed Direct Injection Turbo (DIT) engine. Combined with the brand’s high-torque, responsive Lineartronic transmission, the Boxer engine ensures that it delivers a more dynamic and enjoyable driving experience with increased mid-to-low range torque and smoother acceleration. Environmentally friendly technologies are also designed to reduce friction and improve combustion efficiency, achieving superior fuel efficiency.

At the core of the Forester is Subaru’s unique Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive technology (AWD) that provides a sense of stability and allows for quick response to challenging road conditions. Further enhancing the AWD’s ability is a newly developed X-mode control system that is designed for any driver to easily navigate on tough roads, handle slippery surfaces or steep hills with just one switch.

“The all-new Forester reinforces its reputation of being an icon of dependability and versatility. The Forester’s outstanding performance and practicality is backed by its improved fuel efficiency, safety and utility features with a premium level of comfort,” said Mr Glenn Tan, Executive Director of Tan Chong International Limited.

“The dynamic combination of the new Direct Injection Turbo Boxer engine together with core Subaru technologies, such as the AWD system, Lineartronic transmission and environmentally-friendly capabilities through improved fuel efficiency, makes the new Forester an excellent value statement. With the strong demand for SUVs in the Asian region, I’m confident that the all-new Forester will continue to be a popular choice amongst discerning consumers who are looking for enjoyment and a peace of mind,” added Mr Tan.
In another move to further enhance its drivability, the new Forester now comes with SI-DRIVE. The Forester 2.0XT variant provides the driver the option of “Intelligent”, “Sports” and “S# (Sports sharp)” modes, each to promote both driving pleasure and fuel efficiency for the driver.

And superior crash safety performance has been achieved with the Forester, thanks to the specially designed body made with high tensile steel that reduces the vehicle’s weight while retaining high rigidity.

From a design and comfort viewpoint, the new Forester is larger and roomier than its predecessors with a redesigned cabin. A wide field of view for all seats and spacious visibility for stress-free driving have also been achieved in the repackaging. Drivers will also get more convenience on-the-go with expanded cargo space and a new power-lift tailgate operated by push-button, a first for Subaru.

The all-new Forester is available for booking at all Subaru showrooms nationwide and is available in two variants: 2.0 i-L at P 1,398,000 and the 2.0XT at P 1,868,000.

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