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2022 Subaru Forester Debuts In Japan And Australia - Why Not The U.S.?

The 2022 Subaru Forester has been revealed in Japan and Australia, but why not for U.S. customers?

The refreshed 2022 Subaru Forester was revealed in Japan last month and in Australia this week. Why hasn’t Subaru of America (SOA) uncovered the 2022 Forester for U.S. customers?

Subaru Corporation released information on the new flagship 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV Japan-spec model with a new front fascia outside (headlights, bumper, hexagon grille), newly designed aluminum wheels, and fabric changes inside.

2022 Subaru Forester

Similar changes are coming to the newly-refreshed 2022 Forester for U.S. customers, but why is SOA slow to reveal the North America model. Subaru is likely waiting on Subaru Corporation to release the Forester Wilderness specifications.

Subaru Japan and Subaru Australia won’t get the all-new Forester Wilderness sub-brand trim. Like the new Outback Wilderness, it’s for North American customers only.

2022 Subaru Forester

What is unknown is whether the all-new Forester Wilderness will get a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine upgrade like the new rugged Outback. The Forester is manufactured in Gunma, Japan, and SOA has to wait for the parent corporation to build the new U.S.-specification 2022 Forester.

Subaru Corporation says for the 2022 model change; Forester gets an improved suspension for all trim levels improving driving performance. U.S. models will also get the new-generation Subaru EyeSight safety technology that includes stereo cameras with a wider angle (extended visibility) and enhanced software for an increased view of the road in front and behind the compact SUV.

The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness compact SUV will have an advanced dual function X-Mode, elevated 9.5-inch ground clearance, standard front and rear skid plates, and an upgraded suspension.

The Forester Wilderness will also wear 17-inch Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires and come with a full-size spare tire. The new Forester will also feature a modified Lineartronic CVT automatic (Continuously Variable Transmission) and an upgraded rear differential with a final drive ratio of 4.44:1.

Because of the global microchip shortage, The 2022 Forester production has been delayed. The all-new Forester Wilderness will come later than the standard model.

Reports say the 2022 Subaru Forester will arrive in Australian showrooms “in the coming months, pending any unforeseen delays.” When will Subaru of America announce the U.S.-specification 2022 Forester? Stay tuned.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Don Levin (not verified)    July 31, 2021 - 5:03PM

With microchip shortage, other car manufacturers have withheld Auto Start Stop, foregoing the EPA funds it can bring. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Subaru will decide selling more cars soon, without something many hate (ASS) will bring more profit than selling less cars with ASS we don’t want. I’d pay a little more to avoid ASS I turn off every time I start the car.

Marlene (not verified)    October 14, 2021 - 1:48AM

What happened to the Forrester hybrid? Why is it not in the USA? Impatiently waiting. All electric does not work where I travel. Hybrid would be much better.