Hey Mr. Play-It-Safe, are you sure you want to part with your hard-earned cash on a pickup-based SUV? Do you really want to drive around in a lumbering 7-seater when you only have one kid and you don’t like your father-in-law anyway? Well, Subaru says it’s about time you stop pretending that you’re a resident of Pleasantville. It’s time to get real and opt instead for the newest Subaru Forester.
Isn’t the Forester a sissy compact crossover and isn’t it expensive?
Well, if we could just reach out from your computer or phone screen and slap you in the face, we would. Motor Image Pilipinas, the distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country just released the prices of the all-new 2019 Forester and they’re a STEAL. Yes, they’re priced it to the point that they’re practically being given away.
There are three variants and they start at just P 1,598,000 and top out at P 1,798,000. Plus, they’re actually loaded with features. Automatic LED headlights? Check. Rain-sensing wipers? Check. Push-button start/stop? Check. Cruise control? Check. Dual climate control with rear vents? Check. And that’s just for the base model. Go up to the EyeSight models and they all come with chockful of safety features; so much so that a Fortuner will choke on them twice over.
Worried about floods? It can go through 500 millimeters of water. Worried about going through rough terrains? It’s got full-time all-wheel drive and a generous approach, breakover, and departure angles. It can take on the rough stuff, baby.
But what about maintenance? I’ve heard things…
Well, Motor Image Pilipinas realizes they have to work on this and they’re making strides in this department. Realizing that Forester owners are “conquest customers”—or customers who were convinced to switch over to a Subaru for the first time, they had to make sure that the ownership experience is as painless as possible.
The company has already introduced a quick service system called Subaru Express to cut down waiting time for PMS jobs. It’s something they’ve seen work well in the U.S. and they’ve worked to replicate the set-up here as well.
They’ve just announced a regional partnership with lubricants specialist Motul. Throughout Motor Image’s 9 countries, Motul will be supplying a bespoke-blended 100 percent synthetic engine oil that’s designed for our tropical climate. Developed in Japan, the 0W-20 and 5W-30 engine oils are designed specially to meet the requirements of Subaru’s Boxer engine layout. It will enhance fuel efficiency and protect engines from premature wear despite the heavy traffic conditions. The best news is vehicles that use this Subaru Engine Oil by Motul exclusively are entitled to a 5-year powertrain warranty—one of the longest in the industry.
Will this oil be expensive? It’ll be competitive they said. It’ll definitely be cheaper than buying Motul oils off the shelf. Oh, and they’re also expanding this partnership with transmission fluids (including CVT) and other lubricants soon.
Oh, and they’re also expanding their dealer footprint to a total of 34 locations in the next two years. This means that Subaru customers from all corners of the Philippines will have a dealership nearby to service their needs.