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MIAS 2023: Subaru flaunts face-lifted Evoltis and Forester GT Edition

The Outback also receives a very minor refresh

The refreshed Evoltis is the star of Subaru Philippines' booth. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Subaru’s crossover line has consisted of the five-seater XV, the Forester and the Outback, while the seven-seater Evoltis sits atop the food chain in the lineup.

At the 2023 Manila International Auto Show, Motor Image Pilipinas, the official distributor of Subaru in the country, shows off the Forester GT Edition, the refreshed Evoltis, and the slight updates to the Outback.

Sharper looks keep the SUV fresh for 2023. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

First is the refreshed Evoltis. It introduces a new design that puts it in line with the rest of Subaru’s latest offerings, and costs P3.78 million.

Visual changes include a larger grille, redesigned headlights that are similar to the Forester’s, and new C-shaped taillights (the design is called Konoji). Finally, redesigned bumpers front and back make for a more aggressive appearance and help out with aerodynamics.

You can fit a family of seven inside this cabin. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Bigger changes are found on the inside, with the Subaru Starlink infotainment taking front and center, which is an 11.6-inch portrait touchscreen. It now supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, routing audio through a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

The cabin is still upholstered in leather, but the front seats are now ventilated/heated, with second-row captain’s seats in a 2+2+3 seating configuration. And there’s also a panoramic moonroof.

It's the same turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer engine as the previous generation. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

A 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four gasoline engine and Lineartronic CVT combo powers the Evoltis for an output of 256hp and 375Nm, sending it to all four wheels, just like the previous model.

Subaru’s EyeSight suite has also been updated with the addition of a wide-angle monocular camera, with automatic emergency steering, driver monitoring, 360° camera with an overhead view, and blind-spot monitoring with lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.

Do you like the GT Edition's new kit for 2023? PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Also, we have the Forester GT Edition, which we were able to see in the metal during the brand’s regional debut at the Singapore Motor Show in January.

Featuring bodykit that was designed by Masahiko Kobayashi, this sharper-looking Forester now receives new 18-inch alloy wheels, alongside lip kits, side skirts, black trunk garnish, and roof spoiler.

Updated safety features and quilted leather seats are part of the update. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

While the Forester still does not use the newest iteration of the Starlink infotainment system, the cabin now features quilted black leather upholstery and the latest iteration of the safety system called EyeSight 4.0. First seen on the Outback, it now adds features like driver monitoring, autonomous emergency steering system, advanced lane-centering, 360° camera, and blind-spot monitoring.

It still uses the same naturally aspirated 2.0-liter flat-four gasoline engine and CVT combo, sending 153hp and 196Nm to all four wheels. The GT Edition costs P130,000 more than the 2.0i-S EyeSight variant, coming in at P2.298 million.

The Outback receives the mildest of updates. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Finally, the Outback gets a very mild refresh. This introduces a new front bumper, new 18-inch alloy wheels, and update to the EyeSight safety system—all for the same price of P2.48 million.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.