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New 2022 Subaru Forester Images Revealed And 5 Things We Know About U.S. Models

Subaru just announced the Japan-spec 2022 Subaru Forester. So what will the 2022 Forester for U.S. customers be like, and when will it arrive?


The 2022 Subaru Forester was just announced in Japan, and it gets a refresh. Subaru gives most vehicles a "big model change" (BMC) in year four of its model cycle. Forester had a complete remodel in 2019, and 2022 is the year for more model changes.

A new exterior look

The 2022 Subaru Forester gets a new front fascia outside (headlights, bumper, hexagon grille). The 2022 Forester also gets newly designed aluminum wheels. In addition, the Japanese automaker has expanded the exterior color options with a new Cascade Green Silica, Autumn green metallic, and Brilliant bronze metallic.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, features, specs

Subaru Corporation put the 2022 Forester on display at its Subaru Ebisu headquarters showroom in Tokyo, Japan.

New upgrades inside

Subaru will also make upgrades to the Forester interior. Inside, the newly-refreshed Forester comes with brown Nappa leather seats and silver stitching. In addition, some trim levels will offer ultra suede leather with silver stitching.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, features, specs

Improved driving dynamics

In addition, Subaru Corporation says for the 2022 model change; Forester gets an improved suspension for all trim levels improving driving performance.

Improved safety technology

Subaru Corporation is continually improving its safety technology, and the 2022 Forester gets upgrades. The refreshed Forester comes with the new-generation Subaru EyeSight safety technology that includes stereo cameras with a wider angle (extended visibility) and improved software for an increased view of the road in front and behind the compact SUV.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, features, specs

Subaru has a goal of zero fatal accidents by 2030, and the next-generation EyeSight is another step in that direction.

2022 Forester models will get the rugged Wilderness upgrade

Subaru of America will introduce 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 similar 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.

It's unsure what will power the Forester Wilderness, but the FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged engine producing 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque would be the perfect engine for the rugged model.

The 2022 Subaru Forester will come in six trim levels for U.S. customers; Base, Premium, Sport, all-new Wilderness, Limited, and Touring.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, features, specs

When will the 2022 Subaru Forester arrive in U.S. showrooms?

The retailer launch for the 2022 Subaru Forester should be this summer, but it could be pushed back to early this fall, 2021, because of the recently announced plant closure in Gunma, Japan, in July. The Forester Wilderness is expected to arrive at Subaru showrooms in November of 2021.

Subaru of America has not released information or pricing on the 2022 Forester. However, as the Camden, N.J. automaker reveals the 2022 Forester compact SUV changes, Torque News will publish the announced U.S.-specification upgrades.

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Zane (not verified)    June 24, 2021 - 1:41PM

I hope they fix the transmission, wheel bearings, control arm bushings, air conditioner, and catalytic converter. All of which my 2017 Forester had problems with before 85000 miles. Last Subaru I will ever buy... Smh

Don Levin (not verified)    June 24, 2021 - 6:42PM

Anyone know if 2022 Forester rugged Wilderness will have Bluetooth Apple CarPlay? Plugging a phone into cable every trip is cumbersome.

SubaruEddie (not verified)    September 10, 2021 - 9:39PM

In reply to by Don Levin (not verified)

Wireless car play is not standard on any Subaru yet. However, there is a wireless apple car play adapter that will work for any car with both apple car play and a Wi-Fi-hotspots built into the vehicle. Android users have a similar product that will accomplish the same but may take more advanced user to make work depending on the phone. Just google it and see how it works with your phone. Currently wireless car play is the most likely to glitch or cause trouble for users and can run your battery down so plugging in is the superior option that just works right consistently and your device chargers while in use.

Paul (not verified)    June 24, 2021 - 8:55PM

I thought 2022 was going to be all electric Forester ...I guess it'll be a niche model or something?

Wish I could be a fly on the wall at major automakers when they realize noone is buying gas cars...

Jake (not verified)    June 25, 2021 - 2:22PM

In reply to by Paul (not verified)

Auto sales are crazy right now- How many are electric? A very small percentage and it is going down-


Meanwhile, about 231,000 all-electric vehicles were sold in 2020, down 3.2% from 2018. In each of the past three years, EVs accounted for about 2% of the U.S. new-car market.Jun 7, 2021

Steve (not verified)    June 29, 2021 - 9:36AM

In reply to by Paul (not verified)

First learn how to type and use spaces son. Your just so wrong but I'm sure your convinced your always right and I suspect you are in a large city or warm weather area. People like Subaru's for many reasons and most of us don't want to be the bandwagon folks who insist on having electric cars just to be hip and virtue signaling. Not a thing Subaru is about. They are very slow to make drastic changes until the tech is proven. And I know this because I have spent 30 years working with them at the Lafayette plant.

HyperHowie (not verified)    July 1, 2021 - 3:17AM

In reply to by Steve (not verified)

Instead of telling someone that they need to learn how to type & not to leave spaces, you might consider learning how to spell & proper grammar! Who cares anyway, this isn't English class & he asked a legit question. Ford F150 will be electric! That's where the world is going whether we like it or not. Subaru will have a new electric car coming out next year and I won't be surprised to see it in a future Forester (2023?) or a better electric Outback.

CK (not verified)    June 25, 2021 - 5:22PM

Make it available with the 2.4-liter turbo engine (or equivalent) in there and I'll be ordering one immediately when it's available.

jg (not verified)    June 25, 2021 - 5:47PM

Styling is extremely subjective, but I can't get over the ugly stick that front end got smacked with. To me, it looks like someone repurposed some 2012 GM Terrain front ends from the junk yard and bolted them on a Forester.

John (not verified)    June 26, 2021 - 10:26AM

For the US version will any of these features be offered? Ventilated seats? Wireless Apple CarPlay? Wireless charging? All Eyesight X suite of features including full LED array headlights? If not, what model year expected for FMC on the Outback?

George (not verified)    June 27, 2021 - 8:57AM

Subaru broke my heart when they discontinued the 6 speed manual transmission feature on their Forester models after 2018.

My prayers would be answered if they bring the unit back.

Shan (not verified)    July 16, 2021 - 7:09PM

My 2017 Subaru Forester saved our lives today. We walked away bumped and bruised from a flipped over car. Totaled car but we are fine. I hope to get another Forester.

Denny Hallmark (not verified)    July 22, 2021 - 12:43PM

I have had a 2016 and a 2019 Forester Premium with no problems . I am eagerly awaiting arrival of the 2022 model. It is well suited for my needs. Even at speeds in excess of 90 mph it is rock solid, silent and handles well I have enjoyed my experience with this vehicle and look forward to my next one.

Roy (not verified)    July 24, 2021 - 4:59PM

We were a 3 car Subaru family for many many years, new cars every 2 1/2 to 3 years.
When Subaru quit turbo engines in their Forester XT models, we quit Subaru & have purchased Audi's ever since.
Hopefully one day Subaru will wake up and produce a performance Forester once again.