Subaru has released first pics and info of its 2014 Subaru Forester. The Forester, now in its fourth-generation, will go on sale in Japan on November 13 and make its North American debut at the LA Auto Show end of this month.

With almost the same footprint as before (35 mm longer, 20 mm wider, 25 mm longer wheelbase to become 2,640 mm), Subaru has realised increased rear seat legroom and an enlarged cargo area.

Subaru says that the profile, which looks familiar, is bolder now. Just a facelift? Nope, because there’s a new character line that cuts through the door handles, something the previous car did not have, which means that the panels are new. The Forester’s face is also the latest corporate version as seen on the Subaru XV crossover.

In the US, the Forester will have either a new 2.0 litre direct-injection turbocharged boxer engine with 250 hp or a naturally aspirated 2.5 litre boxer with 170 hp. There will be a new six-speed manual transmission for those who don’t want the Lineartronic CVT gearbox, but only for the non-turbo engine. Power is laid down via Subaru’s trademark symmetrical AWD system.

In Japan, the 2.0 turbo version puts out 280 PS and 350 Nm to tempt Impreza STI fans who have grown up and added a family along the way. Subaru says that the retuned suspension system delivers “agile handling and a highly compliant ride quality”. Ground clearance is 22 cm.

Infotainment features that will be offered includes smartphone integration, navigation, rear view camera, and harman/kardon premium audio amp and speakers.