Crossover features subtle styling changes and revised off-road tech
Motor Image Pilipinas, the official distributor of Subaru in the Philippines, debuted on Apr. 7 its updated Forester crossover at the 2016 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS).
The company said in a press statement that changes to the model, which made its worldwide debut at the 37th Bangkok International Motor Show in March, include a refreshed exterior and interior, the X-Mode off-road system in all variants, revised suspension and additional safety features. Retained are the 2.0-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve flat-4 producing 148 horsepower and 198 Nm of torque and the turbocharged 2.0-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve flat-4 producing 238 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a continuously variable transmission and the company’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive (S-AWD) system.
The company said the 2016 Forester retains much of the appearance of last year’s model, save for a new front grill, new taillights and new wheels. Inside, a new LCD infotainment system graces the center console. Subaru also said the updated model gets a stiffer front cross-member and enhanced coil springs and dampers for improved comfort and handling.
X-Mode and new safety kit
The company said all variants of the 2016 Forester come standard with X-Mode, the on-board off-roading computer that coordinates the throttle, transmission and S-AWD to help drivers safely traverse difficult terrain. X-Mode’s Hill Descent Control helps modulate speed when the vehicle is going down a steep hill in the city or through gravel slopes in the outdoors.
In addition, the facelifted Forester gets a brace of safety equipment as standard: Vehicle Dynamics Control, Hill Start Assist, Brake Override, Side Door Reinforcement Beams, Whiplash Reducing Seats and Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame.
Prices start at P1.448 million for the 2.0i-L, P1.648 million for the 2.0i-P and P1.918 million for the turbocharged 2.0XT.