Reports have been circulating that Subaru will be launching a sub-brand in North America that’s focused on off-roading. Though nothing has been confirmed, reports say it will allegedly be called “Wilderness”. Whatever the case, the first car that will feature this new off-road-focused ethos will be a new variant of the Subaru Outback.
“The legendary Outback is the most rugged, most capable vehicle in the Subaru lineup,” according to their latest press release. “But what if Subaru pushed things further? Or went higher?”
As it is, the Subaru Outback is basically a ruggedized wagon version of the Subaru Legacy. With 221 mm of ground clearance, the current-generation Outback is about as high off the ground as some body-on-frame PPVs, but because it’s still a unibody crossover, its seating height isn’t too daunting nor too low for the elderly or children.
No powertrain details have been revealed, though in North America, the Outback is available with two engine choices: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that produces 182 hp and 238 Nm of torque and a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine that produces 260 hp and 377 Nm of torque. Power is of course, sent to all four wheels via a CVT.
In the Philippines, the all-new Subaru Outback is expected to debut after the three-row Evoltis (aka the Ascent). However, since our Outbacks are sourced from Japan, we do not expect this new, rugged version to go on sale in our market anytime soon.