The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness is the first vehicle to wear the Japanese automaker’s “Wilderness” sub-brand emblem. If that’s any indication, the newest 2022 Outback Wilderness debuts the most robust and capable all-terrain station wagon in the brand’s history, and you can see it from the start.
Starting life in 1995 as a more robust, outdoor variant of the Legacy station wagon – and as a precursor to the upcoming Forester CUV – Outback has come a long way and has earned cult status worldwide. But with the 2022 Outback Wilderness, you can go deeper and further into off-road territory, though not much.
The new Subaru Outback Wilderness sits 0.8 inches above the ground and has a wider front and rear than a standard Outback. As such, it has a greater distance to the ground with greater angles of approach, departure and breakage thanks to the new front and rear bumpers inspired by the off-road.
Offering up to 9.5 inches of ground clearance, the Outback Wilderness is good enough for light to moderate off-roading. However, he won’t rival the Jeep Wrangler when things get serious, but muddy trails and gravel roads are no match for Subaru’s toughened Outback station wagon. Underneath, it has new front and rear shock absorbers and coil springs to better deal with harsh terrain.
This sturdy, anywhere-going vibe is evident when laying eyes on Outback Wilderness. It has a new hexagonal grille with larger and more prominent wheel arch linings. These hexagon-style fog lights are also new, as are the front protection plate and the glare-reducing decal on the front hood. Of course, the exterior receives Subaru Wilderness emblems and high-contrast anodized copper accents.
The list of optional accessories includes aluminum or steel protection plates for the engine, transmission and fuel tank; sliding plates for the rear differential; and a bunch of rack accessory options to make outdoor enthusiasts scream with joy. Speaking of roof rails, the 2022 Outback Wilderness has a standard ladder-type roof rack capable of supporting up to 700 pounds of equipment.
Under the hood, the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness has a turbocharged four-liter Boxer engine similar to the normal Outback, with 260 horsepower and 227 pound-feet of torque. It has a continuously variable transmission (CVT), sending power to all four wheels through Subaru’s four-wheel drive system with active torque vectoring. However, Outback Wilderness has a shorter 4.44: 1 final drive ratio to improve low-cost torque.
Inside, you get Subaru StarTex water-repellent seats, embossed Subaru Wilderness floor liners, stylish metal interior trim and copper details on the steering wheel, gear selector and gauge rings. Standard equipment includes an 11.6-inch infotainment screen with Subaru Starlink, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto / Bluetooth connectivity, 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in thicker Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires and a full-sized spare tire . Bravo, Subaru!
We don’t have pricing information yet, but the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness will hit US dealerships later this year. We strongly believe that this will not be the last Subaru to wear the Wilderness emblem. Does anyone care about a turbocharged Forester STI Wilderness?