Subaru Forester facelift CKD production Malaysia begins

Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) has announced that CKD production of the Subaru Forester facelift has begun at Tan Chong’s Segambut plant. This announcement confirms our previous report that the Forester will indeed be Subaru’s second model to be locally assembled at the plant, albeit sooner than expected.

The Forester now joins the XV crossover, which has been produced there since December 2012. TCS plans to assemble approximately 10,000 units of the Forester annually. Based on the image above, it appears Malaysians will receive the 2.0 litre NA model in two variants – 2.0i and 2.0i-P.

In November 2015, a facelifted Forester sporting heavy camo, was spotted testing on Malaysian roads, raising suspicions that the model would be introduced. The facelifted Forester was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

The changes on the facelifted Subaru Forester are modest, with just a few visual enhancements to bring the model up to speed with FHI’s current line-up. On the exterior, there is a mildly restyled front grille with a new bumper (2.0i-P appears to keep the previous XT’s front bumper), C-shaped daytime running lights and tail lights and revised wheels.

Inside, the Forester’s cabin gains a new instrument panel with colour LCD multi-information display. Various parts of the car’s trim have also been updated to feature leather as well. Other additions include an SD navigation system and memory function for the driver’s powered seat.

On the mechanical side of things, the Forester is refined further thanks to tweaks done to its AWD chassis and NVH for better vehicle dynamics and ride comfort. The tweaks include increasing the chassis rigidity, applying thicker door glass, and enhancing the Lineartronic CVT gearbox.

Under the hood, expect to find a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat-four petrol engine (150 PS/198 Nm) mated to a Lineartronic CVT gearbox. A more powerful turbocharged option is available as a CBU as well, with output rated at 240 PS and 350 Nm of torque.

The locally-assembled Subaru Forester is set to go on sale this spring in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, which is sometime between March-May 2016. At the line-off ceremony, FHI Deputy President Jun Kondo said, “FHI will continue to work hand in hand with Tan Chong International to further enhance Subaru sales in the ASEAN region.”

GALLERY: Subaru Forester facelift at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show