On March 30, Subaru of America pulled the wraps on its most rugged and capable Outback in its history: the new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness™.
With a standard 2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer® engine, advanced dual function X-Mode with Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes, class-leading 9.5-inch ground clearance (almost one inch more than the standard Outback), standard front skid plate, all-terrain tires, upgraded suspension and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-wheel drive, the Outback Wilderness is ready for adventure.
The standard 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine delivers robust all-around performance with 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 277 lbs-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm while achieving an EPA rated 22 city/26 highway and has a 3,500-lb. towing capacity.
The increased ground clearance, with redesigned front and rear bumpers, contribute to the Outback’s ability to attack rough or uneven terrain. Approach angles on the SUV have been extended from 18.6 degrees to 20, ramp breakover angle shifts from 19.4 degrees to 21.2 degrees and the departure angle soars from 21.7 degrees to an impressive 23.6 degrees.
A revised rear differential with a final drive ratio of 4.44:1 was fitted and the Lineartronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) was modified to achieve an equivalent final drive ratio at the front wheels. This combination improves available low-end torque at the wheels, resulting in a superior ability to climb grades up to 40 percent on a gravel surface. The addition of a pressure sensor improves control accuracy at low speeds.
Thoughtful upgrades, such as a front view monitor, LED rear gate light and hands-free power rear gate, improve convenience on the trail.
The Outback Wilderness comes equipped with Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires for better performance on muddy or gravel roads.
On the inside, the seats are wrapped Subaru StarTex® water-repellant material that includes the Subaru Wilderness logo embossed in the headrests. In the cargo area, the rear seatback is wrapped in a waterproof material, and a waterproof rear cargo tray protects the load floor.
The Outback Wilderness also features award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, and a tablet-style 11.6-inch Subaru Starlink™ Multimedia system with integrated center information display.
Pricing for the 2022 Outback Wilderness will be announced later this year.