Fuji Heavy Industries’ Subaru pulls the covers off the fifth-generation Outback wagon today at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

The new Outback has many of the same features as its platform mate, the ’15 midsize Legacy sedan, including a choice of 2.5L 4-cyl. and 3.6L 6-cyl. engines, but builds upon the outgoing wagon’s go-anywhere nature.

The Outback, on sale this summer in the U.S., now has better on-road agility, off-pavement control and an improved chassis, Subaru says.

The brand also cites design, interior roominess and safety as areas of improvement.

Subaru describes the Outback’s exterior as “bolder, crisper” and more “sculpted” than that of its predecessor, lending the wagon a refined-but-capable look.

A hexagonal grille and bumper form one piece of the front fascia, and on the 3.6R Limited grade high-intensity-discharge low-beam headlights are standard.

Subaru designers pulled forward the Outback’s windshield 2.0 ins. (5.1 cm) and raised the seating position to improve visibility.

While exterior dimensions grow only slightly, with length, width and wheelbase up less than an inch (2.5 cm), interior-passenger room rises almost 3 cu. ft. (85 L); and shoulder room and rear legroom grow, as does front and rear hip and elbow room.

Cargo space also sees an increase from the ’14 model, with the ’15 Outback now boasting almost an extra cubic foot of space behind the rear seats and 2 cu. ft. (57 L) of room with seats folded down.

Subaru says rear seats fold flatter than before, and now can be folded via release levers in the cargo area.

Ground clearance for the Outback is unchanged at 8.7 ins. (22.1 cm).

The newest iteration of the car gets step-style doorsills so access to roof rails is easier.

Optional for the first time on the wagon is a power rear gate with a memory-height setting.

Subaru ups its reputation for safety with the new Outback, adding front-seat-cushion airbags and a standard rearview camera. A rollover sensor triggers side-curtain airbags to deploy ahead of a rollover.

Standard on Limited grades and optional on the 2.5i Premium grade is a rear-vehicle detection system.

Blindspot detection, lane-change assist and rear-cross-traffic alert are other available safety technologies.

A new generation of Subaru’s EyeSight front-crash-prevention system is available on Premium and Limited grades, combining adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane-departure warning with stereo-camera technology to slow or stop the wagon ahead of an imminent collision.

EyeSight-equipped models get new steering-responsive fog lights that can illuminate the road throughout a turn.