Back in March 2020, Subaru Philippines launched a sportier-looking version of the Forester, the GT Edition. At PHP 2,170,000, it served as the most expensive and highest-spec variant of the popular crossover. As it's based on the 2.0i-S EyeSight variant, it also gets most of the goodies from that model.
But what if you want the GT's looks for less? Well, Subaru answered your wishes with the GT Lite Edition. So, what's the difference between the Lite and the GT Edition? Not a lot, as it turns out. That's because the Forester GT Lite Edition gets most of the GT's goodies.
It comes standard with the GT's front bumper lip, along with the side skirts and rear bumper extension. The crossover even has the distinctive tailgate spoiler from its more expensive counterpart. The only part excluded in the GT Lite from the GT Edition is the unique 18-inch alloy wheels.
As it's based on the 2.0i-L, it doesn't have all the features from its higher-spec counterpart. It doesn't get the LED foglights nor the power tailgate, there's less chrome on the body, and it doesn't come with the massive sunroof. Of course, it doesn't mean that it's light on features. EyeSight is standard on the GT Lite Edition, so you still get adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning, just to name a few. It also has niceties such as steering responsive headlights and power-adjustable seats for both driver and front passenger.
Like the rest of the Forester range, the GT Lite Edition uses the familiar 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine. It's good for 156 PS and 196 Nm of torque and sends that power to the ground through Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Like most Subarus, the only transmission option is a continuously variable transmission dubbed Lineartronic.
Prices for the 2021 Subaru Forester GT Lite Edition starts at PHP 1,980,000, which is PHP 190,000 less than the GT Edition. But for a limited time only, Subaru Philippines is offering a PHP 50,000 discount for the new Forester variant.