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Just Launched: 2016 Subaru Forester CBU + CKD

POSTED BY ON 21 March 2016

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LAUNCHED this week at the ongoing 37th Bangkok International Motor Show was the 2016 Subaru Forester, with the CKD variant (which is currently being built in Malaysia) hogging most of the spotlight.

The Forester SUV was given a facelift from the inside out, among the prominent ones to include the X-mode traction system – which increases traction and control of the vehicle on harsh road conditions – an improvised suspension, steering responsive headlights, brand new grille, taillights and rims as well as an enhanced cabin with a premium head-unit and LCD cluster display.

The X-mode offers three functions: hill descent control, the all-wheel drive system and the vehicle dynamics control.

Available in three trims altogether – the 2.0i, 2.0i-P and 2.0XT (CBU) – the latest Forester will be mechanized by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer horizontally opposed petrol engine, mated to the Lineartronic CVT. The 2.0XT, however, stands out as the only variant to be fitted with a turbocharger.

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The i-P and XT give access to their drivers and passengers without using the key fob via a PIN code, which when entered correctly, will unlock the vehicles’ doors.

While the range-topping XT is assembled in Japan, the i and i-P are built in Tan Chong Motor Assemblies’ plant in Segambut, and will be officially launched in 1Utama on April 14 this year.

It is also understood that the models made for the Malaysian market will be the same as the Thai-spec ones that were recently unveiled.

Tan Chong International Ltd executive director Glenn Tan also confirmed the prices of the new Forester, with the i, i-P and XT selling for RM144,160, RM153,700 and RM210,940 respectively; all prices include GST, sans insurance.

Specifications of the Subaru Forester 2.0i CKD:

Engine: 1,995cc horizontally opposed four-cylinder petrol

Max horsepower: [email protected],200rpm

Max torque: [email protected],200rpm

Safety features: Seven airbags, VDC, ABS with EBD and BA, Isofix

Price: RM144,160 (plus GST, w/o insurance)

Specifications of the Subaru Forester 2.0i-P CKD:

Engine: 1,995cc horizontally opposed four-cylinder petrol

Max horsepower: [email protected],200rpm

Max torque: [email protected],200rpm

Safety features: Seven airbags, VDC, ABS with EBD and BA, Isofix

Extra features: PIN code access, rain sensing wipers, steering responsive headlights, power adjustable driver seat, paddle shifters, smart entry with push/start system

Price: RM153,700 (plus GST, w/o insurance)

Specifications of the Subaru Forester 2.0XT CBU:

Engine: 1,998cc horizontally opposed four-cylinder turbocharged petrol

Max horsepower: [email protected],600rpm

Max torque: [email protected],400-3,600rpm

Safety features: Seven airbags, VDC, ABS with EBD and BA, Isofix

Extra features: PIN code access, rain sensing wipers, steering responsive headlights, power adjustable driver seat, paddle shifters, smart entry with push/start system, Siri eyes free

Price: RM210,940 (plus GST, w/o insurance)