Friday, April 8, 2016
MIAS 2016: New Subaru Forester Arrives with a Price Hike
Having driven the 2016 Subaru Forester as well as outlining the new/updated features, the cycle is now complete as Subaru distributor, Motor Image Pilipinas, has finally brought its refreshed compact crossover to the country. Featuring some aesthetic tweaks and packing more tech, the 2016 Forester is now here for the “active family that wants to live life to the fullest”.
The Philippine-spec Foresters are a bit different from those shown at the Bangkok International Motor Show. Aside from being made in Japan, the normally-aspirated trims, the 2.0i-L and 2.0i-Premium share the same front clip while the 2.0XT retains its usual sporty bumper. All models locally don’t have daytime running lights (DRLs) too.
Surprisingly, the 2016 Forester sees a notable P 50,000 increase across the entire model range. The 2.0i-L is now P 1,448,000, the 2.0i-Premium is P 1,648,000, and the 2.0XT is now P 1,918,000.
But before you raise your pitchforks at Motor Image Pilipinas’s decision to hike the price, buyers of the new Forester do get a P 30,000 discount if you book at the Manila International Auto Show. This discount may be applied as service vouchers or to genuine accessories.