Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Subaru Launches Mid-Grade Forester: the 2.0i-Premium
Always been wanting a Subaru Forester, but find the 2.0i-L a bit bare and the XT a bit too expensive? Well, you’re in luck. Motor Image Pilipinas has quietly introduced (official debut is slated at the 2014 Manila International Auto Show on April 3), a new variant of its best-selling Forester crossover dubbed the 2.0i-Premium. Essentially, it’s got 90-percent of the XT’s goodies at a much more affordable price point. Sounds good? Read on.
With an introductory price of P 1,558,000, the Forester 2.0i-Premium commands an additional P 160,000 over the base 2.0i-L. However, you do get a lot of stuff for the extra cash. Take note though that this isn’t as apparent outside as the only way to spot the 2.0i-Premium over its lesser 2.0i-L sibling is through its two-tone black-and-silver alloys shared with the XT. Like the XT, the 2.0i-Premium wears 225/55R18 tires on all four corners. Other than the rims, the rest of the 2.0i-Premium’s exterior is pretty much identical to the 2.0i-L.
Inside is where the biggest change happens. The most common complaint with the P 1,398,000 2.0i-L is the relative lack of luxury features. The 2.0i-Premium addresses that by adding everything but the kitchen sink (and the Harman/Kardon sound system). In short, for the additional cash, the 2.0i-Premium gets you leather seats, a push-button start/stop, and a sunroof. And that’s not all; the 2.0i-Premium also gets powered driver’s seat and even a powered tailgate. In fact, the only differentiating factor of the XT is just engine, the premium sound system, and the back-up camera. This makes the new 2.0i-Premium such a great deal.
With the introduction of the 2.0i-Premium, it brings the Philippine Forester line-up to three: 2.0i-L (P 1,398,000), 2.0i-Premium (P 1,558,000), and XT (P 1,868,000). Currently, the 2.0 i-Premium is available in four colors: Satin White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Venetian Red Pearl, and Dark Grey Metallic and is available at all Subaru dealerships nationwide.