We’ve heard about the fourth-gen Subaru Forester fairly frequently lately. Ads started appearing on our sister site and then we saw it in the flesh at JPJ Putrajaya. The two occurrences could only mean that a local launch is imminent – and we can now confirm that it indeed is, in the third quarter of this year.

Motor Image held a public preview of the new SUV at its PJ showroom over the weekend, and the order books for the model have officially been opened. Final prices are not out yet, but an introductory offer of RM189,800 has been revealed for the sole variant, the CBU Subaru Forester 2.0 XT.

This is no ordinary mummy’s taxi. It uses a turbocharged, direct injection 2.0 litre boxer engine with 240 PS and 350 Nm of torque, enough for a 0-100 km/h time of 7.5 seconds and 221 km/h top speed. Subaru’s signature symmetrical all-wheel drive system is present, paired to a Lineartronic CVT transmission.

If you’re wondering why it doesn’t match the earlier-reported 280 PS output, that’s because that engine spec is only available in Japan. US models gets a different state of tune (253 PS) while the rest of the world – us, Singapore and Australia included – gets this 240 PS version. The 350 Nm of torque is identical everywhere.

In top 2.0 XT form the Forester is equipped with paddle shifters, three-mode SI Drive (Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp – the latter simulates eight-virtual ratios), X-Mode off-road settings with Hill Descent Control and a square-cut front bumper that’s unique from the non-turbo models.

Standard kit includes 18-inch wheels, auto xenon headlamps, sunroof, Keyless Access, eight-speaker, 440W Harman/Kardon audio system, electric seats and powered tailgate. Airbag count is seven, if you must know. For the full equipment list, check out the official spec sheet in our live gallery below.