Last month, we got our first sneak peak of what the 2014 Subaru Forester will look like courtesy of some scanned brochure images, and now we're finally seeing some images of the new crossover out in the open thanks to these spy shots of the new Forester in Japan. These are likely early production build vehicles, and they give us a good look at the newest Subaru from multiple angles, including our first glimpse of a sportier model.

The new Subaru Forester is an even bigger departure from the boxy, station wagon-like design that was only abandoned in the model's most recent generation. These pics show off attractive lines and proportions that better fit in with the compact CUV segment it helped create. In the spied images, the front of the 2014 Forester incorporates Subaru's new corporate grille with a stylish (if predictable) new face that is somewhat reminiscent of the first-gen Acura RDX, while the rear styling is instantly recognizable with other Subaru models, especially the Impreza hatch and its lifted brother, the XV Crosstrek.

A couple of the pictures also show what appear to be a sportier model with an aggressive front fascia and new wheels with a machined and painted finish. There is also the outside chance that this could be a new turbocharged Forester XT, but that would likely mean the top-mounted intercooler has been moved to a more conventional location behind the grille.

Subaru has not yet indicated when and where the 2014 Forester will make its debut, but these images suggest the new CUV is very close to hitting the road.


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      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does everyone need bulging headlight lenses these days?
        clquake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Channels air away from the mirrors, making the car quieter at speed.
      Snark McGee
      • 2 Years Ago
      hope they ditched the 4-speed auto. The current Forester is an underrated winner, really only held back its ancient tranny.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Snark McGee
        Rumors is that it gets the new CVT, oh joy. The current Forester is held back by a terrible interior as well.
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh this one has timeless styling. Lol jk
        kingrat001
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        Exactly! Forever ugly it will be. My cousin will buy one, I can almost guarantee it. He's gone from a Jeep Grand Cherokee to a Forester and is a total Subie fanboi, if a 60 year old can be called a fanboi.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Subaru makes such nice cars that its a shame they can't up their game in the styling department.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        [blocked]
      Jason Golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Perhaps I'm one of the rare ones (posting here) who likes the wide, flat front end, and overall conservative wagon-esque design. Compared to the wild-eyed Outback / Legacy faces, and delicate Easter-egg XV Crosstrek, the Forester hits a styling sweet spot.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Golden
        Running a special on vision exams at Sam's Club.
        bonehead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Golden
        correction. Rare ONE. There is only one of you
          Jason Golden
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bonehead
          Our household is on Subie #4 (2010 WRX) and I guess we can't say we buy them strictly for their looks.
      24994J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a RAV4 EV.
      Tuga
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well at least there'll be an XT ( although probably not for Europe ).
      blasds78
      • 2 Years Ago
      I least like the front overhang of the current model. I hope they somehow make the profile more attractive.
        wilkegm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @blasds78
        The whole engine, cooling system, and part of the trans all stack up in front of the front axle because of the drivetrain layout. This dictates a bigger front overhang.
      godwhomismike
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had a 2009 Forester XT Limited w/ Navi from summer 2008 to June 2011. I then got a 2011 Kia Sportage SX (260hp/269 lb ft). If Subaru puts 276hp into the 2014 Forester XT, I will swap for that in May/June 2014.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a driver of an FXT, I am not so much in love with the hood scoop, but I do love the short intake track. After having owned a few turbo cars, including a Conquest with 248 feet of turbo plumbing, I do like the quick boost response. I don't have a horsepower beast so you can save the 'heat soak' argument for a different post. An intercooler in a 'more traditional location' will bring many extra feet of pipe.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Subura is vanishing as a brand with such boring new cars except for the BRZ.
        Eric
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        You say Subaru is 'vanishing as a brand'. I assume you are not referring to current sales and profit for the company, which are both better than most other car companies. If vanishing is an opinion on style, you have the right to say so. If vanishing refers to them going out of business, you are very wrong. And Toyota, which owns a good size chunk of Fuji, would agree with me. BRZ is also Scion FR-S.
      bonehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      DAMNIT SUBARU WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        bonehead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        SERIOUSLY!!! the forester was so much better when it was actually a WRX wagon with just a little more space and a bitchin sunroof. Take that formula and make it look mean and i might purchase a Subaru again. But do this crap and you lose another fan.
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