Taller suspension, beefier tires, underbody protection part of package
New roof rack can support rooftop tents
Subaru has just announced a new Outback, one that’s meant to add off-road capability to the original modern lifted wagon. The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness will get more ground clearance, more rugged rubber, and a standard turbocharged engine to help take it more places.
The 2022 Outback Wilderness starts with 9.5-inches (241 mm) of ground clearance, nearly an inch (25 mm) over the standard Outback. That improves approach and departure angles, meaning how steep of a hill it can drive up or away from without touching the bumpers, and the breakover angle (think driving over a really large speed bump and hitting the middle of the car) has also improved, though all are only by a couple of degrees.
A new 4.44:1 rear differential and revised CVT work to improve low-end torque and let the Wilderness climb hills up to 40 percent grade depending on the surface. A new pressure sensor is designed to help the accuracy of your control inputs at low speeds as well. On top of the lift, longer front and rear shocks deliver more suspension travel to improve off-road comfort and articulation.
Turning the new Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires is a standard 2.4L turbocharged boxer four, already found in higher-trim Outback models, making 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. The new rubber is raised white letter, a shout out to the original Outback models, and is wrapped around 17-inch alloys with a matte black finish. There’s also a full-size spare. Outback Wilderness has active torque vectoring, too.
Visually, the 2022 Outback Wilderness is set apart by a new front grille and front and rear bumpers. Larger wheel arches, a front skidplate, and unique fog lights help as does a matte-black anti-glare hood sticker. A new roof rack can hold up to 700 lbs, meaning you can use a rooftop tent on trail, while it also offers more flexibility for cargo and accessories.
StarTex water-repellant seat material gets Wilderness logos and there is a copper contrast stitch along with copper finish trim. All-weather floormats and a waterproof cargo tray complete the extra protection.
Subaru Outback Wilderness is expected to hit dealers later this year with pricing to follow.
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