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All-New Subaru Forester And Outback Wilderness Model Update

Subaru retailers received new informationation about the new 2022 Subaru Forester and Outback Wilderness models. Here's what we know.


It's no secret Subaru of America will launch an all-new 2022 Subaru Forester and Outback Wilderness edition models this year. Torque News reported on the new models last November. Subaru retailers found out more information on the new Wilderness editions this week at the National Automobile Dealers Association's virtual show, February 9-11.

According to a new report from Automotive News (by subscription), Subaru officially told retailers about the new Wilderness branding that will launch with the 2022 Forester and Outback models.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Outback
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Subaru has been the all-wheel-drive and off-road brand for decades, but with the launch of the Bronco Sport and other rugged models from the competition, Subaru is stepping up its game with the new 2022 Forester and Outback Wilderness Edition.

Patrick Wergin, chairman of the Subaru National Retailer Advisory Board, told Automotive News recently, the new Wilderness models will feature a "rugged appearance package and better tires for off-road pursuits."

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Outback
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The new Wilderness trim will be more than an appearance package. "The Wilderness is going to give additional capabilities in those car lines, additional style, and the look of off-roading to a greater degree than we have right now," said Wally Sommer, president of Sommer's Subaru in Mequon, Wisconsin. "It does fit the Subaru character perfectly."

Subaru Corporation is prioritizing the U.S. market, and customers in North America will get the new Wilderness models this summer. Sommer says the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness will be revealed first this spring, and the 2022 Forester Wilderness will follow.

Retailers have asked Subaru Corporation for more rugged models for younger active customers, and the Japanese automaker is delivering. The refreshed Subaru Crosstrek Sport is proving to be a hot model with a younger demographic, and retailers are hoping Forester and Outback Wilderness trims will also attract younger buyers.

Wergin says, "We're hoping the Wilderness edition will attract consumers that are active lifestyle families and that do like to go out and maybe do a little bit more off-roading. We're excited about the opportunity to have this vehicle capture new clients in the segment."

Sommer says, "People are going to be very pleased with the product when they see it." The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness will be built at the Subaru plant in Lafayette, Indiana, and the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness at Subaru's Yajima plant in Japan. The new Outback will be introduced this spring. 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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Murray Henley (not verified)    February 16, 2021 - 11:29AM

In reply to by Jeremy Moore (not verified)

Unfortunately, I am also seeing a CVT. Deal-breaker that keeps me from even considering a current Subaru, even as a former owner of a 2005 Legacy (with 5MT).

Ken Bell (not verified)    March 16, 2021 - 12:54PM

In reply to by Murray Henley (not verified)

I always hated CVT's so I understand where you're coming from, but I was in a bind a few years back and ended up with one in a crosstrek. Whatever Subaru did with their cvt programming made me a convert. You should give it a test and see how you like it.

Lee Taplinger (not verified)    February 15, 2021 - 12:45PM

We bought an Outback because we have a 1 mile inclined driveway and lots of snow in the mountains. The first time it snowed we got stuck. Subaru had put all season tires on it that they probably chose for mileage and quiet.

Hey Subaru, people buy your AWD vehicles because they need traction. Are you absolute idiots?

Then our crappy dealer, even though they're selling cars to people who live in the mountains, didn't offer to swap out the tires before delivery.

Steve (not verified)    March 12, 2021 - 8:47AM

I've driven a lot of Subaru's, in snow, ice, rain, etc. With the stock tires. Never seen a need for snow tires, never got stuck or had any problems. These posts seem strange to me, about getting stuck in your driveway. People in the Midwest, for example, deal with snow 3 months out of the year. Of course they would want all season tires! If you live in a remote mountain area that needs snow tires year-round, you are in the minority.