The all-new Subaru Forester is now in Malaysia with three variants available – RM139,788 for the 2.0i-L, RM149,788 for the 2.0i-S and RM159,788 for the 2.0i-S EyeSight.

On the outside, the most significant change on the Forester is perhaps the rear tail lights that’s shaped to reflect the movement of the pistons in a Boxer engine.

As for the front, changes include a redesigned front bumper and more aggressive headlamps that’s highlighted by sharper LED DRLs. More impressively, the Forester’s ground clearance is as much as a pick-up truck at 220mm, with a 30mm increase in wheelbase – contributing to a 33mm increase in rear legroom.

Carrying on with the exterior, the new Forester gets a powered tailgate with memory function while the arches are filled with 18-inch wheels on the highest spec Forester and 17-inch in the others. True to Subaru’s off-road nature, the Forester also gets headlamps washers across the board.

The all-new Subaru Forester is built on the new Subaru Global Platform with more responsive steering, 40% improved crash absorption, 50% less body roll with a quieter and more stable ride.

Also a large contributor to the Forester’s superb handling are the double wishbone suspension setup at the back; to complement the MacPherson struts at the front.

Under the hood rests a 2.0-litre Boxer engine with 156 hp and 196 Nm paired to a 7-speed Lineartronic CVT.

Aside from the EyeSight system that operates through two stereo cameras, the new Forester also gets other driver aids such as Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection, Hill Descent Control, Active Torque Vectoring and the X-Mode features that allows the car to adapt to various off-road driving conditions.

Inside, features like 8-way power adjustable seats for both driver and passenger, 8-inch touchscreen display, auto headlamps and wipers, auto hold, dual zone air condition, electronic parking brake, cruise control, paddle shifters are available across the board.

In the highest grade model, the Forester is equipped with a Side View Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, heated door mirrors and Blind Spot Monitor. Safety wise, the Forester comes with seven airbags for all three models.