Subaru’s fifth-generation Forester debuts in Asia

August 8, 2018

Earlier this year, Subaru unveiled the latest iteration of one of, if not its most popular nameplate today, the Forester. Debuted at the New York Auto Show, it showed off a more dynamic looking SUV with a host of tech features aimed at providing greater driver confidence and safety.

Now, the fifth-generation Forster makes its way to Asia via a reveal in Taiwan. Motor Image, official Subaru distributor in the region, showed off the new clothes of its best-selling SUV, along with some pretty cool tech to make life more comfortable and a bit more enjoyable on the move.

The new Forester, Subaru says, rides on the new Global Platform that likewise underpins the XV and Impreza. This promises a more rigid construction and thus, better driving dynamics that doesn’t come at the expense of ride comfort. All this is wrapped in a body that seems to be an evolution of the previous model, albeit with more dynamism and youthfulness this time around.

Stepping inside, one will immediately recognize a dash that seems to be a signature of Subaru offerings of late. A large 8-inch touchscreen dominates the center console, complemented by a smaller 6.3-inch screen atop the stack. The former now gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Moreover, the new Forester’s larger dimensions mean more interior room for passengers and cargo.

As we mentioned in the launch article last March, the global Forester will get a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder motor that’s good for 182hp. The version that arrived in Taiwan, however, was fitted with the 2.0-liter, 156hp mill from the XV. This would most likely be the same engine that would be found on Philippine-spec Foresters. Oh, in case you’re wondering, sadly, no turbo model will be offered this time

What could make its way to our shores along with the new Forester is the marque’s vaunted EyeSight driver assistance and safety package. This includes a suite of driver aids that help keep the driver informed about possible dangers and hazards on the road ahead. It is likewise aimed at increasing driver confidence, along with the trademark Subaru goodies that include the boxer engine and Symmetrical all-wheel drive.

Expect to see the fifth-generation Forester land on Philippine shores sometime in January of next year.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.