Subaru formally unveiled its new Forester in Detroit, although pictures and details of the car have been well-known for some time.
It will initially be launched this spring with a 2.0-litre petrol engine, with a 2.0-litre diesel unit following in September.
The turbocharged 2.5-litre engine that is offered in the USA will not be available in Europe.
Owners will have a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearboxes.
It has a wider wheelbase and track than the current model, which improves interior space, especially for rear-seat passengers, and handling.
The rear suspension has also been radically altered to improve ride and handling.
Other design tweaks include wide-opening rear doors to make it easier for parents to put child seats in the back of the car and a larger sunroof to allow more light in.
Three trim levels will be available - X, XS and XT with the interior styling taken directly from the latest-generation Imprezas.
No prices have been announced, but they are expected to start at around 18,000.