Subaru has revealed its new Forester at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, describing the fifth generation of the SUV as “the roomiest, most capable and most versatile” Forester ever.

Running on the Subaru Global Platform already underpinning the likes of the Impreza and XV, the new Forester boasts a longer wheelbase (at 2 670 mm) than before, ostensibly benefitting rear seat legroom. The new SUV measures 4 625 mm long, 1 815 mm wide and 1 730 mm tall, with a ground clearance of 220 mm.

The US-spec model unveiled in New York is powered by a 2,5-litre four-cylinder boxer engine, paired with Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT and symmetrical all-wheel drive. The new engine makes 136 kW and 239 N.m (up from the current engine's 126 kW and 235 N.m), while the CVT features a manual mode (with paddles) that simulates a seven-speed transmission. From what we can tell, no manual gearbox will be available.

The Forester also features the Japanese automaker’s familiar EyeSight driver assistance technology, complete with a new “Driver Focus” function (a monitoring system that uses facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction) on some models.

Inside, you’ll find new front seats, a new electronic parking brake (replacing the traditional parking brake handle) and standard automatic climate control. There’s also the latest touchscreen multimedia system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. In the US, a 6,5-inch screen will ship standard, while higher trim levels will feature an 8,0-inch multimedia system.

Subaru Southern Africa says the new Forester will go on sale locally in the first quarter of 2019, with specifications and power units "still to be confirmed", but likely to "differ from the US-spec model" revealed in New York.