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.