The all-new 2013 Forester goes on sale in Japan this week, and Subaru has released a bevy of new images to give Australian buyers a preview of what's to come.
The carmaker's local arm has confirmed a first-quarter 2013 debut for Australia, although exact timing and specifications is still to be confirmed.
The theme continues in the cabin, with a dash and overall look that draws on the design of the smaller and still-new Impreza.
Features to be offered with the new Forester will include petrol and diesel engines, auto stop-start for non-turbo petrol models, along with six-speed manual and CVT automatic transmissions (replacing the old four-speed auto).
In Japan, the Forester will get a pair of 2.0 litre petrol boxer engines: the familiar naturally-aspirated 110kW unit, and the other a turbocharged version producing 205kW for the XT model.
As for Australia, we can likely expect the Forester to feature Subaru's 2.5 litre 126kW/235Nm boxer, along with the updated 108kW 2.0 litre diesel.
It is also possible that the 110kW engine could come to Australia as a new entry variant, allowing for a sharper base price as the Forester takes on the hugely popular SUV market.
There is also X-Mode driving assistance for rough conditions - similar to Toyota's CRAWL system - EyeSight collision avoidance system, a multi-function display and an automatic tailgate.
More details on the new Forester range for Australia will be revealed over the coming months.
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