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.
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.
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.
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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