Forester, a new seg­ment bench­mark

New Straits Times - - CBT / FIRST IMPRESSION -

tem, tele­scopic multi-func­tion steer­ing wheel with cruise con­trol, pad­dle shifters, and auto wipers.

Other fea­tures in­clude elec­tronic brake, one touch turn sig­nal, rear seat arm­rest with cup hold­ers, re­verse cam­era, re­tractable cargo cover, re­verse sen­sors, SI-Drive, smart en­try with push start but­ton, USB charg­ing port, 60/40 split fold­ing rear seats, heated side mir­rors, pow­ered ad­justed front seats with mem­ory func­tion for the driver side, side view mon­i­tor, steer­ing re­spon­sive head­lamps, alu­minium ped­als, pow­ered tail­gate with mem­ory func­tion, power-slid­ing large glass sun­roof, high beam as­sist, spe­cial X-Mode tech­nol­ogy and the Eye­Sight Driver As­sist Tech­nol­ogy.

Safety as­pects of the 2019 Forester 2.0 i-S Eye­Sight con­sists of eight airbags, four-chan­nel anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem, elec­tronic brake-force dis­tri­bu­tion, ac­tive torque vec­tor­ing, brake as­sist, brake over­ride, engine im­mo­biliser, ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics con­trol sys­tem, emer­gency stop sig­nal, safety pedal sys­tem, side door re­in­force­ment beams , and ISOFIX child seat an­chor points.

How­ever, the 2019 Forester is ex­pected to be launched by sec­ond quar­ter next year in Malaysia and the spe­cific data, as well as the model line up may vary dur­ing the launch. Subaru ar­ranged an on track and an off-road ses­sion to try and com­pare the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the 2019 Forester.

The first ses­sion is a com­par­i­son driv­ing on the Lih­pao Rac­ing Park. We were able to test drive the new 2019 Forester and com­pare with its pre­de­ces­sor and a Mazda CX-5. The track’s lay­out was such that we were able to test the SUV’s ac­cel­er­a­tion, brak­ing and

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