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Subaru stars in ‘Lion City‘ affair

Ronald de los Reyes

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UNVEILED Subaru Forester models at the Singapore Motor Show.

More than 250,000 visitors have already filled the halls of the Singapore Motor Show for the past five years. It has been so far the biggest and most iconic annual motoring event in Southeast Asia’s “Lion City.” Among the 100 cars from 34 automotive brands, including more than 20 exciting new models, that participated this year, one marque stood out from the rest of the pack — Motor Image’s own Subaru brand.

“We are proud to introduce three new Subaru models to Singapore — the Forester e-Boxer, Forester GT Edition and Impreza,” Glenn Tan, deputy chairman and managing director of Tan Chong International Ltd. Tan Chong International Ltd that owns the Motor Image Group of companies.

“Thanks to e-Boxer technology, the award-winning Forester now offers even smoother acceleration and better fuel efficiency. At the same time, those who feel that the Forester over the years has become a little sedate and mainstream will appreciate the GT Edition. With its sharpened design all around, we are positive the sporty and stylish Forester GT Edition will stand out wherever it goes,” he added.

“With its styling upgrades, the new Impreza is even better looking than before. The addition of Sport and Intelligent driving modes also means it offers an improved driving experience.”

GT Edition looks meaty
but not that gritty
The Subaru Forester has palpably improved aesthetically with its newest GT Edition model. It looks nastier and dons a meatier swagger. This is the second GT Edition after the XV’s own which was created by renowned engineer Masahiko “Jack” Kobayashi, a distinguished Japanese, who was, in fact, the former chief designer (head of Global Advanced Design Studio) at Subaru Corporation and was responsible for the exterior design of more than 12 Subaru production models, including the legendary WRX STI.

For the special GT Edition, Kobayashi fitted it with aero kits with four well-made integral elements, which give the Forester a rugged yet refined look: the front bumper lip extension, side skirts, roof spoiler and rear bumper lip extension. 18-inch bespoke alloy wheels, meanwhile, serve as icing on its delec table panache. Inside, it rocks its own European-inspired seat-leather design. Completing its suave SUV package is a new eight-inch display audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a 360° around view monitor system, which make parking such a cinch.

Although it has the makings of an extraordinary SUV with its four hallmark Subaru core technologies: symmetrical all-wheel drive, boxer engine, Subaru global platform and EyeSight driver assist technology, this GT edition still sports the same engine as Foresters of old.

Filipinos can expect the GT Edition to arrive in the country come this year’s Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) in April.

Electrified Forester
What tickled this writer’s fancy was the self-charging, mild hybrid e-Boxer system that combines battery-powered electric motor assistance with two of Subaru’s core technologies: boxer engine and symmetrical all-wheel drive. With the technology, it gives this compact SUV a smoother and more responsive acceleration, enhanced off-road capability and better efficiency.

Being a mild hybrid, it comes with easy switch driving modes from EV (pure electric), engine (petrol engine only) and motor assist (electric motor and petrol engine combined).

The e-Boxer system offers a highly efficient combined fuel consumption of 6.7L/100km, in addition to 196 N-m of torque from the petrol engine and 66 N-m from the electric motor. Its instantaneous electric torque also enhanced its X-Mode’s off-road capabilities, while its improved EyeSight system hosts a number of enhancements to boot.
The e-Boxer, on the other hand, is set to arrive in our shores on the second half of the year.

New Impreza
For 2020, the new Subaru Impreza rocks a fresher breed of styling and functionalities with its revised front and rear fascia, inclusive of new LED headlamps and blacked-out tail lamps (on five-door hatchback), new 17-inch wheels, a speed sensitive door lock and rear seat reminder feature, a newly added SI-Drive function and retuned suspension.

However; only the four-door Impreza will be available in the country.

GLENN Tan, deputy chairman and managing director of Tan Chong International Ltd. Tan Chong International Ltd that owns the Motor Image Group of companies by the new Subaru Forester GT Edition.

“Vision for Innovation” concept
Unveiled at the 89 th Geneva International Motor Show early last year, the Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept made waves around the globe with the brand’s bolder and sleeker take on the hybrid. Its body shape, in particular, exudes a dynamic and strong feel which features a unique roof design and white accents on its wheels.

What’s the F.U.C.K.S.?
Recently, the internet went gaga over the name of one of Subaru’s display at this year’s Singapore Motor Show — the Forester Ultimate Customized Kit Special (F.U.C.K.S.) edition. It’s basically a show car which dons Subaru’s World Rally Blue hue. It’s created to carry that low-slung attitude with custom paint work while rocking a set of 20-inch Enkei wheels over yellow brake calipers.

While a more mature audience could not take it, clearly, it was basically built to create buzz around Subaru’s display — which, in a way, added a youthful kick into it.

Hence, this, together with a new take on aesthetics with the GT Edition, a fresher e-Boxer technology, an impressive Impreza, a dynamic concept car while adding another Russ Swift flair in the mix all make the brand’s booth display a star of the four-day auto show.

SUBARU endorsers by the Forester Ultimate Customized Kit Special (F.U.C.K.S.) edition.

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