A cheaper, sportier Subaru Forester has just been launched locally.
Subaru has just unveiled a new spec of Forester over here in Malaysia. Known as the Forester GT Lite Edition, this new variant follows on from the launch of the popular GT Edition that was launched last year.
An upgrade to the existing 2.0 i-L trim level, the main highlight of this new spec of Forester is that it brings with it a sportier and more rugged exterior aesthetic, courtesy of a GT full body kit which includes chromed front and rear bumper extensions, along with shiny side skirts, a roof spoiler and a larger exhaust tailpipe. Other exterior highlights worth a mention on this particular variant of Subaru SUV includes the 17-inch snowflake pattern alloy wheels, halogen front fog lamps and LED front and rear light clusters.
On the inside meanwhile, the Forester GT Lite Editions features much the same kit as before. Them being an 8-inch central infotainment touchscreen, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, cruise control and a 360º Around View Monitor System.
Moving under the hood, no turbo power here as this particular Forester retains the same FB20 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat-four which outputs a reasonable 156 PS and 193 Nm of torque. Drive is sent to all four wheels through a Lineartronic CVT and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that comes with the usual SI-Drive (Subaru Intelligent Drive) system, Active Torque Vectoring as well as X-Mode.
As for safety, the Forester GT Lite comes with the usual brace of passive safety features like Vehicle Dynamics Control, ABS and Hill Descent Control, not to mention 7 airbags. The same Subaru 5-year/100,000 km factory warranty continues to be offered as standard for further peace of mind motoring.
In essence then, this new GT Lite Edition Forester is much like its outgoing model just with a factory bodykit installed. Priced at RM 163,788 (including SST exemption), this new Subaru SUV is currently available to order with a choice of 7 exterior colours: Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Jasper Green Metallic, Horizon Blue Pearl, Sepia Bronze Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic and Crystal Black Silica.
PRESS RELEASE: TC Subaru Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia, is proud to introduce the Subaru Forester GT Lite Edition.
Completing the equipment package of the Forester GT Lite Edition is an 8-inch Display Audio System and a 360° Around View Monitor System, which enables drivers to park and manoeuvre with ease.
TC Subaru introduced the Forester GT Edition for its EyeSight variant last year. It was tailored specifically with Motor Image’s in-depth understanding of the market, designer Jack Kobayashi’s expertise, as well as Giken’s experience. The convention defying Forester GT Edition was a hit among Subaru buyers.
“Following the success of the Forester GT Edition last year, I am proud to introduce the new Forester GT Lite Edition to Malaysia. The Forester GT Lite Edition is dynamically designed for customers looking to purchase a large SUV, with a great track record for safety and reliability, with more cabin space and with a sporty, stylish façade. The GT Lite Edition comes equipped with Subaru’s top-of-the-line safety features, and is competitively priced below the popular GT edition. It is an example of how we are constantly offering more choice for our customers,” said Mr Eugene Tay, Country Manager, TC Subaru Sdn Bhd.
Aimed at drivers who want a sportier and more rugged look and the thrill of driving a stylish extraordinary SUV, the Forester GT Lite Edition offers add-ons such as the GT Full Body Kit and the GT Exhaust cutter.
The Forester GT Lite Edition comes with three Subaru Core Technologies – Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Boxer Engine and the Subaru Global Platform.
The extraordinary SUV comes with more than 100 safety features including seven airbags, ring- shaped reinforcement frame, X-Mode, ground clearance of 220mm and auto-retracting safety pedals.
Available for order
The Subaru Forester GT Lite Edition is offered in seven colours – Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Jasper Green Metallic, Horizon Blue Pearl, Sepia Bronze Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic and Crystal Black Silica.
Subaru Forester 2.0i-L GT Lite Edition – RM163,788 (Private Registration, Peninsular Malaysia, OTR price without insurance)
Make an appointment and check out the Subaru Forester GT Lite Edition at all Subaru showrooms nationwide. In line with Subaru’s focus on safety, the company has implemented stringent protocols at all its facilities for the well-being and peace of mind of customers when they visit.