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New Photos Reveal Subaru Outback’s Next Evolution - Arriving March 30 [Video]

The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness model gets teased by Subaru again. See what equipment will likely come on the new adventure-ready Outback.

Subaru of America gets the all-new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness adventure-ready model, and its global reveal is coming soon. Subaru just teased a new video you can watch here. The Outback Wilderness will be more rugged and have new technology and features for outdoor enthusiasts.

Subaru says, "The next evolution of Outback capability is coming, and it's packed with functional technology and rugged features." Subaru of America asked corporate for a more capable off-pavement model, and the Outback is the first model in the lineup to get the new Subaru Wilderness outdoor package.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

We can see from the images Subaru released yesterday, the Outback will push things higher and further with the new Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires. Look for the Outback Wilderness to get suspension upgrades and higher ground clearance.

How wild will the Outback Wilderness be?

The outdoor-themed Outback wagon will be the most rugged and off-road capable model in the lineup as the Japanese automaker wants to keep its reputation as the adventure brand. Subaru may also tweak the dual-function X-Mode to give the Outback Wilderness additional off-road performance capabilities.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

The outdoor-themed Outback will not come with a new hybrid or all-electric powertrain. Subaru will likely offer the Outback Wilderness with the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine producing 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. It wouldn't make sense to have the 2.5-liter normally-aspirated engine power the adventure-ready model.

And yes, the new Outback will also use a Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT) transmission and come equipped with standard EyeSight driver assist technology. Subaru wants all its new models to get the highest crash scores.

The images reveal the Outback Wilderness will come with a raised suspension, more than 8.7-inches of ground clearance on the standard model, additional body cladding, new fog lights, and Yokohama A/T tires.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

Also, look for the Wilderness trim to feature unique interior trim with special colors and stitching on the seats, dash, door panels, and unique floor mats. The exterior will likely feature the new Subaru Wilderness logo on the rear liftgate.

The Forester and Crosstrek will follow with their Wilderness upgrades. The Forester Wilderness will come later this year, and Crosstrek Wilderness will make its launch in 2023.

When can you buy the Outback Wilderness?

The new Outback Wilderness begins production at the Subaru plant in Indiana this spring. Look for the new rugged wagon to be available for customers this summer.

The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness full reveal will occur on March 30, 2021, at 11:00 AM EST. Subaru will have a full press release which Torque News will cover here. You can also watch the first unveiling on Facebook Live. Stay tuned.

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Justin Tyrrell (not verified)    March 26, 2021 - 3:58AM

In reply to by chris (not verified)

My 2015 Outback has 210 thousand miles on it and has only required the factory recommended maintenance. No head gasket issues or burning oil. I am hard on vehicles and it still drives like new.

Marvin Goodiel (not verified)    March 25, 2021 - 7:43PM

A safety feature that would be positive up grade. Most manufacturers have installed this feature.
If you activate your turn signal with someone still in this location, the detection system will produce a loud tone to alert you that it is not safe to change lanes.
Is this a feature that will be on the new Outback or is it something that can be added on to any previous units?