Motor Image, distributor of Subaru vehicles, launched several new Forester models at the 2020 Singapore Motorshow.
Taking center stage was the Forester e-Boxer: a self-charging, mild hybrid e-Boxer system that combines battery-powered electric motor assistance with two of Subaru’s core technologies: the 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.
Subaru’s e-Boxer system is capable of automatically switching between three driving modes: EV (pure electric), Engine (petrol engine only), and Motor Assist (electric motor and petrol engine combined).
In EV mode, power is supplied only by the electric motor. EV mode activates in driving conditions where petrol engine power is not efficient, such as when the vehicle is accelerating from rest or in slow traffic. If more power is needed or the battery charge level is low, the engine turns on to switch to either Motor Assist or Engine mode.
Under low-load driving conditions, such as when cruising, the vehicle will run on Engine mode. In Engine mode, the petrol engine powers the car but also recharges the high-voltage lithium-ion battery. Battery regeneration happens when the vehicle decelerates from the accelerator being released or when the brake pedal is pressed.
When accelerating or under higher loads, the vehicle will run on Motor Assist mode – both the petrol engine and the electric motor automatically provide power together. The power-split ratio between the electric motor and petrol engine, depends on the driver’s throttle input. The system will adjust to optimize performance between the electric motor and petrol engine for a smoother, more efficient and environmentally-friendlier drive.
When the brake pedal is released, the electric motor enables the vehicle to continue moving forwards in EV mode. The e-Boxer system offers a highly efficient combined fuel consumption of 14.93 km/l.
The instantaneous electric torque also enhances the Forester’s X-Mode off-road capabilities. In addition to 196-Nm of torque from the petrol engine, there’s an additional 66-Nm from the electric motor. In X-Mode, Motor Assist activates earlier at 0km/h (4km/h in normal driving and I and S Modes) to improve power and acceleration from a complete stop. X-Mode helps drivers tackle the trickiest of terrains – elevating driving confidence while ensuring greater convenience in managing different road conditions.
Drivers can get a clear visualization of the electric motor and petrol engine energy flow via a high resolution 6.3-inch Multi-Function Display (MFD), situated conveniently in the driver’s line of sight. The Forester e-Boxer’s eight-inch infotainment system is also equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for fewer distractions, better safety. The Forester e-Boxer will also come standard with Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.
Now, already available in Singapore, Motor Image will soon offer the Forester e-Boxer in the Philippines sometime in the third quarter of 2020. Its price has yet to be determined.
Forester GT Edition
The second Forester launched was the Forester GT Edition. This is the second GT Edition model, following the XV GT Edition, created in close collaboration with renowned engineering company Giken Co. Ltd and Masahiko “Jack” Kobayashi.
Kobayashi is 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.
The special GT Edition aero kit is composed of integrated elements that give the Forester a sleeker and even sportier look: a front bumper lip extension; side skirts; a roof spoiler; and a Rear bumper lip extension. These are complemented by a set of 18-inch bespoke alloy wheels. It also boasts its own leather seat design inspired by the cabins of high-performance grand tourers from Germany and Britain.
Completing the equipment package of the Forester GT Edition is a new eight-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 in tight spaces with ease.
Under the hood, it continues to use the same 2.0-liter direct-injection, flat-four engine producing 156 PS and 196 Nm of torque. A Lineartronic CVT then sends power to all four wheels.
By contrast, the Forester GT Edition will arrive locally much sooner, making its official debut at the Manila International Auto Show this April.
By Iñigo S. Roces