Words and photos by Manny N. de los Reyes
SINGAPORE — Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Singapore and close to a dozen other countries in the region, announced a slew of new and face-lifted production models as well as a show-stopping concept car in the 2020 edition of the Singapore Motorshow.
“We are proud to introduce three new Subaru models to Singapore — the Forester e-BOXER, Forester GT Edition and Impreza. 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,” said Glenn Tan, deputy chairman and managing director of Tan Chong International Ltd. Tan Chong International Ltd. owns the Motor Image Group of companies.
“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,” added Mr. Tan.
VIZIV ADRENALINE CONCEPT
Arguably the most head-turning vehicle in the show was the striking VIZIV Adrenaline Concept. It was first unveiled at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show in March 2019. The name VIZIV has been coined from the phrase “Vision for Innovation.”
The VIZIV Adrenaline Concept is the first concept vehicle designed under Subaru’s new “BOLDER” design philosophy. Its body shape exhibits a dynamic and strong feel and features a unique roof design. White accents on the wheels and rugged all-terrain tires further emphasize its adventurous nature. These elements express the toughness and agility of the VIZIZ concept car.
Through the new “BOLDER” design philosophy, Subaru aims to broaden the brand’s outlook, define the characteristics of Subaru vehicles more prominently, and give future Subaru vehicles a more compelling road presence.
SUBARU FORESTER E-BOXER
The all-new Forester e-BOXER has a self-charging, mild hybrid e-BOXER system. This combines battery-powered electric motor assistance with two of Subaru’s core technologies: Boxer Engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. With e-BOXER, the Forester now offers smoother and more responsive acceleration, enhanced off-road capability and better efficiency. This also makes it well suited for both city and highway driving.
Despite the extra weight from the electric components, the strengthened vehicle undercarriage of the Forester e-BOXER helps maintain the uniquely satisfying driving feel and peace of mind offered by Subaru vehicles.
FORESTER GT EDITION
Subaru is also launching the Forester GT Edition. It is the second GT Edition model being offered (after the XV), with a special aero kit which has four well-made and integrated elements that give the car a sportier and more custom look.
Both the Forester e-BOXER and Forester GT Edition are equipped with the new 8-inch Display Audio System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a 360° Around View Monitor (AVM) system, which enables drivers to park and maneuver with ease.
Both Forester models should make their way to the Philippine market this year.
MINOR CHANGE IMPREZA
Improved for 2020 with styling, convenience and mechanical upgrades, the new Impreza sports a revised front and rear fascia inclusive of new LED headlamps and blacked-out tail lamps (on 5-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.