Subaru announced via its social media pages they will reveal the all-new 2022 Forester Wilderness online on September 2, at 9 AM Eastern time. The Camden, N.J. will unveil the new rugged Forester Wilderness following the 2022 Outback Wilderness sub-brand trim launch.
Both models are part of the Subaru Wilderness sub-brand, including the next-generation Crosstrek Wilderness coming spring of 2023.
The 2022 Forester gets a refresh with new exterior upgrades. The Wilderness trim will feature new front styling and receive a new front fascia outside (headlights, bumper, hexagon grille).
The new Forester Wilderness will feature an advanced dual function X-Mode, elevated 9.5-inch ground clearance, standard front, and rear skid plates, and an upgraded suspension. The rugged, compact SUV will 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.
Unfortunately, the Forester Wilderness will only come with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Boxer engine like the standard models. The EPA leaked the 2022 Forester's fuel mileage information earlier this month, showing Wilderness with a 2.5-liter engine. The EPA has recently pulled the info down.
The Forester's 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. Fans wanted the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that powers the all-new 2022 Outback Wilderness producing 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.
The additional power would have made the new Forester Wilderness a more capable vehicle for hauling gear and the vehicle's extra weight up a high mountain pass to get outdoor enthusiasts further away.
Subaru says, "This all-new Subaru Wilderness model is ready to push your adventures into uncharted territory, featuring increased ground clearance, upgraded off-road capability, and more rugged style."
Subaru of America will uncover the all-new 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness trim on September 2, 2021, at 9 AM Eastern Standard Time. Stay tuned to Torque News for the complete details and model specs. You can sign up to see its world premiere here.
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