Subaru PH releases 5th generation Forester with improved styling and tech

January 25, 2019

Motor Image Pilipinas, Inc. (MIPI), the exclusive local importer of Subaru vehicles, recently took the wraps off its latest contender in the hotly-contested compact crossover segment – the all-new Forester. This 5th iteration of the Japanese carmaker’s adventurer crossover features a more aggressive styling inside and out, plus a bevy of tech goodies for the urban warrior with an active lifestyle.

Firstly, have a look at that well-sculpted front end as seen on the photo above. Unlike its predecessor, the 2019 Forester presents a meaner, more pronounced fascia. Subaru made all the efforts to incorporate changes like the more angular bumper and bigger fog light housings, all while retaining the car’s signature hawk-eye headlights and hexagonal grille.

Moving over to the side, changes to the general design are on the minimal side. But upon closer inspection, one can notice the new look set of alloy wheels available in 17 and 18 inches. Around the back resides a pair of redesigned tail lights.

Also, this model measures quite longer, taller, and wider with a wheelbase that stretches a bit more than the previous version. The improved wheelbase would suggest an interior that offers more room for leg movement, especially to those sitting at the back.

Interior-wise, the refreshed Forester beckons with a redesigned cabin. This also comes with added air-conditioning vents for back seat riders and USB ports for charging mobile devices. Along with these additions, Subaru incorporated a 6.3-inch LCD monitor atop the dash and an 8-inch touch screen just below it. Combined, these visual aids give the driver all the info he or she needs with regard to vehicle condition, navigation, entertainment, among others. Additionally, the infotainment system comes with Starlink, a system that incorporates navigation, connectivity, and support for iOS and Android devices via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, respectively.

The 2019 Subaru Forester also has 2 gizmos that help the driver tackle varying terrains. These are the X-Mode and the Active Torque Vectoring. The former comes with selectable driving modes designed to maximize the use of the all-wheel drive system on or off the road. The latter helps to deliver maximum control, especially when cornering to avoid obstacles more easily.

Subaru underscores the all-new Forester as one of its models that adhere to its new Global Platform. In brief, this platform allows its engineers to design the Forester with enhanced chassis rigidity with reduced noise, vibration, and harshness. Along with this, the platform also gives way for engineers to incorporate all of Subaru’s propriety technologies such as the EyeSight Driver Assistance safety system, Boxer engine, and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

The all-new Subaru Forester runs with a gasoline-fed direct fuel injection 2.0L boxer engine that spins a CVT with manual mode. Working in unison, this layout delivers 154 hp and 296 Nm of torque to all 4 wheels.

In the Philippines, the all-new Subaru Forester will be offered in 3 kinds; the entry-level 2.0i-L (P1,598,000), the mid-range 2.0i-L EyeSight (P1,698,000), and the top-of-the-line 2.0i-S EyeSight (P1,798,000). MIPI has yet to disclose when the all-new Forester will roll off its showrooms, but it says that interested buyers can now make or book reservations.

Photos by Paolo Lesaca

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Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.