Subaru Global Platform 1

According to Glenn Tan, executive director of Tan Chong International, the company’s Segambut plant will be ready in time to handle the production of next-generation Subaru models that ride on Fuji Heavy Industries’ (FHI) new Subaru Global Platform. This was revealed during an interview session at the ongoing Bangkok Motor Show.

The architecture was revealed for use in all next-generation Subaru vehicles recently, with the first being the 2017 Subaru Impreza. Other models expected to follow include a five-door hatchback version of the Impreza and the XV, both of which were previewed by concepts at the Tokyo and Geneva motor shows, respectively.

Among the plus points of the new platform include increased rigidity, NVH, ride and handling, along with the ability to adopt conventional petrol as well as hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains. Lower manufacturing costs can also be attributed to this streamlined platform.


Glenn Tan (left)

Currently, Tan Chong’s Segambut plant locally assembles both the facelifted XV and Forester here in Malaysia. The latter is the latest model to be made here, with a localisation content of 40%. Set to be launched on April 14, 2016, the new Forester gains additional features and several other revisions, the most notable being Subaru’s X-Mode off-road function.

As for the former, the XV has been produced there since December 2012. Both models (XV and Forester) share the same assembly line, but with separate body shops. In terms of numbers, the plant has the capacity of produce approximately 15,000-16,000 cars per year.

When asked if more Subaru models will be locally assembled in the future, Tan stated that as of now, there are no plans to do so. However, he said the company will focus on expanding the variant offerings of its existing models. With the next generation of Subaru models set to be assembled at Segembut, could there be a change of heart in store?

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GALLERY: Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
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