Subaru has taken the wraps off its all-new Forester in New York.

The fifth generation of Subaru’s handy off-road wagon features a revamped version of the direct-injection 2.5-litre Boxer engine, with 136kW of power and 239Nm of torque.

Some 90 per cent of the internals are new, Subaru says, offering a perfect balance between performance and economy.

It’s hooked up to a new seven-speed CVT transmission, with SI-Drive control delivering faster acceleration in some models.

Active Torque Vectoring offers a greater degree of control in cornering while enhanced X-Mode controls engine, transmission, and brakes on slippery surfaces.

With 220mm of ground clearance and better approach and departure angles it delivers greater off road ability.

New Forester also offers its roomiest cabin to date, with a 30mm longer wheelbase, and innovative packaging enhancing comfort and practicality.

Wider rear door openings and a steep C-pillar angle make entry, exit and installing a child seat easier.

A new air conditioning system adjusts temperature based on the number of passengers in the car.

Subaru’s first-ever Driver Monitoring System enhances safety by providing a warning when it detects signs of distraction or drowsiness in the driver.

It also features the latest generation of the award-winning EyeSight driver- assist system, along with Reverse Automatic Braking that helps to avoid collisions when reversing and reduces damage.

Steering responsive headlights provide clear night-time vision.

Australian spec will be announced in the second half of 2018, with vehicles expected in showrooms around September.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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