2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness Coming Soon

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Photo credit: Subaru
  • After releasing the Outback Wilderness earlier this year, Subaru is expanding the all-terrain trim to a new model, showing teaser videos and images.

  • The images don’t show which model it will be, but the car in the video appears to be the Forester SUV.

  • Expect a minor suspension lift, all-terrain tires, and lots of Wilderness-specific trim when Subaru reveals the new model in the near future.

CORRECTION 8/20/21: We previously thought that the new Subaru Wilderness model might be the Ascent, but the latest teaser video reveals that it will be the Forester SUV. We've updated this story accordingly. The 2022 Forester Wilderness will debut September 2, likely alongside the U.S.-spec Forester lineup that will receive a similar refresh as the global model shown earlier this year.

Earlier this year, Subaru showed off the Outback Wilderness, a new trim level that took the already rugged wagon-turned-crossover and prepped it for more serious off-road duties. Now Subaru is applying the Wilderness badge to a new member of their lineup, with teasers hinting that it might be the Forester SUV.

Photo credit: Subaru
Photo credit: Subaru

The video shows the new Wilderness model driving on muddy trails and bounding over rocks, while the tightly cropped teaser images show the Wilderness badge adorning the door next to chunky plastic wheel arch cladding and the front door and fender. While the Forester is getting the treatment next, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Subaru’s entire crossover lineup gain this trim at some point.


Subaru’s next Wilderness model will likely have similar modifications as the Outback. We can already see that it sports the same Geyser Blue paint, and we expect a suspension lift—the Outback gains 0.8 inches for 9.5 inches of total ground clearance. Redesigned bumpers should create better approach and departure angles and model-specific wheels will come wrapped in all-terrain rubber. Other visual changes could include a front skid plate, roof rack, and a unique grille, and while the engine should remain unchanged, there might be some retuning of the transmission. Like the Outback Wilderness, the interior will probably feature StarTex, a water-repelling fabric.

We expect to hear more about this new Wilderness model soon, as it will debut September 2.

This story was originally published August 3, 2021.

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