Skip to main content

2022 Subaru Forester Image Is Leaked And A New Launch Date Update

When will the 2022 Subaru Forester be available for U.S. customers? Check out the leaked image and when the updated Forester will arrive here.


The 2022 Subaru Forester is in the fourth year of its life cycle when it gets a refresh or "big minor change," as Subaru calls it. We know the Forester SUV will get noticeable exterior and interior revisions. The 2023 Forester will get a full model change (FMC) in year five of its life cycle.

Check out the new front fascia (headlights and bumper) in the leaked image below from a source in Japan. Also, the Forester will get new wheel options and a new color option. On the inside, the refreshed Forester will get a new instrument cluster or materials/fabric changes.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness
leaked image from a source close to Subaru

Another significant upgrade will be introducing the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness sub-brand model this year, confirmed by Subaru of New England. The new model will be for North American customers and get the same upgrades as the 2022 Outback Wilderness.

The rugged 2022 Forester Wilderness will get larger wheels, all-terrain tires, additional ground clearance (9.5-inches), protective underbody skid plates, aggressive exterior cladding, and a durable StarTex interior. The Forester Wilderness is expected to arrive at Subaru showrooms in November of 2021.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

What we don't know is what engine will power the rugged adventure-ready 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness trim. Subaru is upgrading all its models with direct-injection turbocharged (DIT) Boxer engines, and the Forester is the next model in the lineup to get one.

The best engine choice for outdoor enthusiasts would be the FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged engine producing 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The additional power would make the new Forester Wilderness a more capable off-road-ready vehicle.

The retailer launch for the 2022 Subaru Forester should have been this summer but has been pushed back to this fall, 2021, because of the plant closure in Gunma, Japan. As Subaru releases the 2022 Forester compact SUV changes, Torque News will publish the announced upgrades.

You Might Also Like: The Subaru Forester Is Still The Top-Selling New Vehicle In One State- Can You Guess Which One?

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.

Subaru Report - We’ve got you covered! Check back tomorrow for more unique, informative SUBARU news, reviews, and previews you can trust.

Leave your comments below, share the article with friends and tweet it out to your followers!

Photo credit: Subaru


Paul Reid (not verified)    June 13, 2021 - 9:52AM

Sounds nice and everything....but if next model doesn't include an electric version I'll be moving on.

I own a 2018 xt turbo. Have a 1.5" lift and really enjoy it. But ICE is dead to me.

Vyoma (not verified)    June 13, 2021 - 2:24PM

If Mazda does it right few tweaks - AWD of Subarus, Toyota Prmish with Tesla batteries, and increase their size/length boindly by 15%, will nail boring Subaru coffin.

Adrienne Ruth (not verified)    June 14, 2021 - 9:50AM

They need to fix that horn! The Forester needs a beefyhorn that says "Get out of my way", not that mousy horn it currently has!

Adrienne Ruth (not verified)    June 14, 2021 - 9:51AM

They need to fix that horn! The Forester needs a beefy horn that says "Get out of my way", not that mousy horn it currently has!