Words and photos by Christopher Kho
The current-generation Subaru Forester made its Philippine debut back in 2009. Just two years later, it's already starting to feel a bit out-of-date. So, to bring it up to par with its closest rivals, the Forester went under the knife for a much-need makeover.
Last April 7, 2011, Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru in the Philippines, finally rolled out the 2011 edition of their beloved compact SUV at the 7th Manila International Auto Show. Amongst the thousands of guests that flocked over to the Subaru display at MIAS, Motor Image Group Chief Executive Glenn Tan and world-renowned stunt driver Russ Swift were also present at the unveiling. The 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT and 2.0XS underwent several cosmetic changes that include a newly designed front grill and side-view mirror integrated turn signals. Subaru also implanted some widgets to spruce up the interior. It now enjoys features such as Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, and a new luminescent gauge cluster.