During an official press conference following the launch of the all-new Subaru Forester in Taiwan, we were told that the fifth-generation (SK) model would arrive in Malaysia by the middle of next year (2019).

This was revealed by Glenn Tan, managing director of Tan Chong International, who said in terms of specifications, the Malaysian-spec model would not differ heavily from what we were shown in Taiwan, and that the brand’s EyeSight suite of driver assist systems will be available on higher-end variants.

For a little more clarity, he noted an introduction will take place in April 2019, with three variants being offered initially followed by a fourth later on – EyeSight-equipped models will only arrive one or two months after the initial launch. The company is also exploring into the possibility of bringing in the e-Boxer hybrid version but hasn’t confirmed if it will do so.

The new Forester would be the second Subaru model to come with EyeSight after the recently introduced Outback. Those who have been awaiting for the XV to come with EyeSight will have to wait for a model refresh slated for 2020 (previously the second half of 2019). The progressive rollout is due to the company’s decision to introduce the EyeSight system on models higher in the line-up, as in from the Outback to the Forester and finally, the XV.

For the Taiwanese market, the Forester is available in a choice of four variants that are all powered by a 2.0 litre direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 156 PS and 196 Nm of torque. Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system are all companions to the boxer mill.

Variants with the EyeSight suite of driver assist systems gain functions such as Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management, Lane Sway and Departure Warning as well as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lead Vehicle Start Alert. These are joined by high beam assist, rear cross-traffic alert and the aforementioned Side View Monitor.

GALLERY: 2019 Subaru Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight