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Subaru distributor Motor Image has previewed the Forester GT Edition at the ongoing Subaru Palm Challenge in Singapore. The second GT Edition model after the XV, this kitted-up SUV has been given a sporty makeover as the name suggests, again bringing in the expertise of engineering company Giken and former Subaru chief designer Masahiko Kobayashi.
Kobayashi spent 25 years at the Pleiades brand, during which he penned the original Outback, several generations of the Impreza and Legacy, the current WRX and WRX STI and the first-generation XV. Meanwhile, Giken is involved in the design and engineering of technological and material handling systems, and supplies aero parts and other passenger car components to Subaru and other Japanese carmakers.
The GT Edition is based on the range-topping 2.0i-S EyeSight variant, and the additions are similar to those on the XV. These include large black plastic panels that cover almost the entire front and rear fascias, along with deeper side skirts, a black tailgate spoiler and jutting silver spoilers on the front and rear bumpers.
Also added are unique two-tone alloy wheels that measure 18 inches in diameter and feature GT-badged centre caps. Inside, you get redesigned leather upholstery, a new touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and a 360-degree camera system.
No apparent changes to the rest of the kit list, so the car still gets LED headlights and daytime running lights, keyless entry, push-button start, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, six airbags, stability control and the EyeSight suite of driver assists, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and Lead Vehicle Start Alert.
There are also no changes to the mechanicals – an FB20 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated and direct-injected flat-four engine making 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and 196 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, paired to a Lineartronic CVT and a Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. The Forester GT Edition will make its public debut at the 2019 Taipei International Auto Show, and is expected to be launched in Malaysia in the first quarter of 2020.