After being previewed over the weekend, Motor Image has officially launched the new Subaru Forester 2.0i-S in Malaysia, which is priced at RM133,818 on the road without insurance. Buyers will get to choose from five exterior body colours – Pure White, Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic, Sepia Bronze Metallic and Obsidian Black Metallic

The equipment list of the new variant is largely similar to the 2.0i-P, meaning LED headlights (with LED DRLs), 17-inch wheels (with 225/60 tyres), dual-zone climate control system, powered rear liftgate and a 7-inch Kenwood touchscreen head-unit are all standard.

Also retained is the FB20 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated boxer four-cylinder petrol engine, which outputs 148 hp (150 PS) at 6,200 rpm and 198 Nm at 4,200 rpm. It is paired with a Lineartronic CVT and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, the latter with a SI Drive Mode function.

What sets the 2.0i-S apart from the regular 2.0i-P however, is the various aesthetic add-ons. This includes an under spoiler (with gunmetal accents) for the bumpers, a different front grille design finished in black and gunmetal side mirrors.

As for the cabin, there is now faux carbon-fibre trim on the door cards, gear selector surround and dashboard. The seats are now upholstered in a combination of leather and suede (like the 2.0 XT), with red contrast stitching. A set of model-specific floor mats (with red piping) is also part of the styling package.

GALLERY: Subaru Forester 2.0i-S