2023 Subaru Forester facelift in Malaysia walk-around video tour – EyeSight 4.0 for all variants, from RM164k

2023 Subaru Forester facelift in Malaysia walk-around video tour – EyeSight 4.0 for all variants, from RM164k

Here’s a walk-around video tour of the new Subaru Forester facelift, which was launched in Malaysia back in May and is available in four variants. All feature the same powertrain and updated EyeSight 4.0 suite, the latter being more comprehensive on higher-end options.

The line-up starts with the 2.0i-L EyeSight, which, after the recent price adjustment, retails for RM164,288 on-the-road without insurance. This is followed by the 2.0i-L GT Lite Edition EyeSight at RM170,288, the 2.0i-S EyeSight at RM174,288 and the 2.0i-S GT Edition EyeSight at RM186,288. All prices are inclusive of a five-year, 100,000-km warranty.

The Forester’s powertrain consists of a FB20 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat-four petrol engine that produces 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and 196 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. These outputs are unchanged from the pre-facelift model, with drive still sent to the ground via a Lineartronic CVT (with seven virtual speeds) and Subaru Symmetrical AWD system.

Other driving-related systems include X-Mode or Special X-Mode (2.0i-S variants only), an electronic parking brake with auto brake hold and Subaru’s Active Torque Vectoring. The SI-Drive drive mode selector comes standard across the range.

In terms of visual changes, the SUV’s headlamps have been redesigned with a deeper cut on the inside end of each cluster. The headlamps, which comes with a steering-responsive function and high beam assist on the 2.0i-S variants, flank a reshaped grille, while the bumper has been reprofiled with slight protrusions just below the forward lights.

The rear remains unchanged from the pre-facelift model, retaining the same C-shaped taillights, and the same also applies to the interior, with the general layout of controls and equipment being familiar.

All variants of the Forester come with eight-way powered front seats, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 360-degree camera, keyless entry and engine start as well as dual-zone climate control.

Wheel sizes are 17 inches for the 2.0i-L variants, while the 2.0i-S variants come with 18-inch units. The GT Lite and GT Edition options comes with a body kit and more black accent trim to make them stand out from a regular Forester.

Find out what else is different with the Forester facelift by watching our walk-around video tour and share with us your thoughts on the Subaru SUV. Would you pick it over others in the segment like the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5?

2023 Subaru Forester facelift Malaysian spec sheets; click to enlarge

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Comments

  • ROTI CANAI on Oct 04, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    MABUK THIS DANNY TAN

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  • anonymous on Oct 04, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    the gaudy bodykit really spoils this tbh.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 0
  • The actual value of this car not event worth RM60K

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 9
    • Muahaha on Oct 05, 2023 at 7:04 pm

      If RM60K, I would buy. Other than this car already RIP on launch.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1
  • no brainer on Oct 04, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    man this car looks dated at launch
    interior literally is proton iriz/persona interior

    lets wait for the ‘baik beli’ gang to show up

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 2
  • Problem with the design………………………

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 1
  • car is hideous looking

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 2
  • Still ugly & overpriced.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 2
  • hayoh on Oct 04, 2023 at 11:12 pm

    The entire car design, inside out, is pre-2010. Engine output is super low compared to current gen competitors. And coupled with CVT to make the entire driving experience even worse. I wouldn’t pay more than 100k for this. In fact, I doubt anyone will buy it.

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  • Ong Mali Sui Pergi on Oct 05, 2023 at 8:06 am

    So many complaining actually all pokai so just go buy your Emperor Xi x50 saja lah and I see a pattern emerging from die-hard DAP supporters of trash talk anything outside mainland.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 2
    • kesian jap SA on Oct 07, 2023 at 8:45 pm

      if malay buy chery and geely cars does that also make them dap supporter?
      face facts, most Japanese cars will be wiped out by china car and their staff will be jobless

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  • Laugh on Oct 05, 2023 at 9:56 am

    At this price and offer… The buyer must be….

    Also warranty only 100,000km for a vehicle of this price?

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  • Honestboy on Oct 08, 2023 at 11:46 pm

    2023 still using analog meter? Subaru.. maybe can sell this at 80k. FB20.. haihz.. bodykit looks like from ah meng shop. Joke la.. depressing subaru

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