The Subaru Outback is already a rugged and capable alternative to an SUV and now Subaru has made it even more ready for an adventure with the 2022 Outback Wilderness.
The new Wilderness package has a modified suspension that increases the ground clearance to 9.5 inches (0.8 increase) and improves the approach and departure angles. The front angle improves from 18.6 degrees to 20.0, while the departure angle has been changed from 21.7 to 23.6 degrees. The ramp break-over angle has also improved from 19.4 to 21.2 degrees.
The Outback Wilderness gets more aggressive 225/65R-17 Yokohama Geolandar A/T tires that wrap more rugged wheels.
Under the hood not much has changed, which means that it’s powered by a turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four with 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive. The only significant change is that the final-drive ration has been shortened to 4.44:1 compared to 4.11:1.
To help it stand out, the Wilderness gets more aggressive front and rear bumpers, a unique grille, different fog lights, copper-colored accents, extra body cladding and a front skid plate. The new roof rack is ready for all your gear since it can carry up to 700 pounds.
Inside the Subaru StarTex fabric seats repel water and the back of the second row also has a waterproof material to make it easy to clean.
We’ll have to wait and see if the Wilderness sub-brand extends to the other Subaru models in the future.