After teasing its off-road-ready wagon crossover over the past few weeks, the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness has finally been unveiled and is ready to hit the trails.
The new Subaru Outback Wilderness sets itself apart from other Outback variants with its unique front and rear bumpers, front skid plates, model-specific LED foglights, and probably the most amount of black plastic cladding ever fitted to a Subaru. There are also a number of copper accents, a fixed roof-rack that can carry up to 318 kg, and new 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tires.
The Outback Wilderness isn’t just all show and no go. Ground clearance is now at 241 mm, which is higher than in pickup-based SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner. In addition, the suspension lift also increases suspension travel for better wheel articulation. Thanks to these upgrades, the Outback Wilderness now has an approach angle of 20 degrees, a breakover angle of 21.2 degrees, and a departure angle of 23.6 degrees.
Interior upgrades for the Subaru Outback Wilderness are much more minor, such as the new Subaru StarTex water-repellent upholstery, copper and gunmetal accents, and an embossed ‘Wilderness’ logo on the headrests. Subaru’s latest Starlink infotainment system with an 11.6-inch portrait touch screen also comes as standard.
Powering the Outback Wilderness is the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that’s also found in certain upper trims of the Outback and all variants of the Ascent (Evoltis) three-row SUV. This means that the engine also produces 260 hp and 375 Nm of torque, with power being sent to all four wheels via a CVT.
Of course as with every Subaru nowadays, the Outback Wilderness comes with the brand’s EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids, which includes full-speed adaptive cruise control, front and rear automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, just to name a few.
The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness is expected to go on sale exclusively in North America this year, though no official launch date and pricing have been announced yet.