Subaru Forester

An ad for the new fourth-gen Subaru Forester has cropped up on – to be specific, the 2.0XT AWD variant. This one has a new direct-injected, turbocharged 2.0 litre boxer engine (FA20 DIT) that feeds its 280 PS and 350 Nm of torque to all wheels through a Lineartronic CVT with six virtual ratios, or eight in S# (Sports Sharp) mode.

An indicative retail price of RM198,800 is listed; so is a pre-owned price of RM178,800 and a pre-launch price of RM189,800. The pre-launch price should be referring to early bird bookings; pre-owned is likely to mean showroom demo units.

At the regional launch in Taiwan late last year, it was said that the new Subaru Forester would likely arrive in Malaysia between the second and third quarters of 2013. Is its introduction around the corner?