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Executive director of Tan Chong International Glenn Tan has announced that the Tan Chong Group will assemble the Subaru Forester in Malaysia starting in April next year. This will make it the SUV the second Fuji Heavy Industries CKD model, after the XV.

Pricing and specifications have not been confirmed, although Tan said that it will be comparable to other locally-assembled SUVs on the market – this might mean that the variant chosen would be similar to the current 2.0i-L with a naturally-aspirated flat-four to keep costs competitive, rather than the turbo mill of the 2.0 XT. The existing standard safety kit such as seven airbags and stability control could also be retained.

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Also not revealed was whether the CKD Forester would be the current car or the facelifted version introduced at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show last month. However, we have seen spyshots of the refreshed model on test on Malaysian roads, so we’re placing our bets on the latter.

To recap, the facelifted Forester gets new head- and tail lights, bumpers and grille, along with new wheel options. Inside, there are new trim materials, a colour LCD multi-info display as well as new features such as an SD navigation system, rear seat heaters and memory function for the driver’s seat. Under the bonnet, the 2.0 litre NA mill has been updated to improve fuel consumption to 16.0 km per litre on the JC08 cycle.

GALLERY: Subaru Forester facelift at Tokyo 2015