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Motor Image Malaysia held the first-ever Subaru AWD Challenge at Desa Park City in Kepong over the weekend. The event, the first of its kind in Malaysia, provided a venue for SUV owners to explore their vehicles’ all-wheel drive capabilities.

The challenge was designed for drivers to put Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD-boxer engine combination to the test, while welcoming AWD-equipped vehicles of other makes to do the same.┬áParticipants were faced with four obstacles, namely the Cross-Roller, Slip-Roller, Roller-Conveyor and Side Ramp, which simulate off-road, slippery, muddy and hilly conditions respectively.

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Visitors and participants were also given the opportunity to check out Subaru’s local line-up, which consists of the XV, XV Crosstrek, Forester 2.0 XT and Legacy GT. The Subaru AWD Challenge was previously held in the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan to avid support and keen participation from the public.

On a related note, Tan Chong International executive director Glenn Tan recently revealed that a new XV variant called the XV STI Performance Edition is set to launch in Malaysia sometime in July, and that the Forester is being considered for local assembly (CKD) in Malaysia.