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Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness - When It’s Coming And What To Expect

Subaru will introduce the Crosstrek Wilderness model in 2023. Here is what we know about the rugged off-road SUV.

Subaru of America is introducing a family of rugged, off-pavement Wilderness-badged Subaru SUVs. The 2022 Outback Wilderness just made its debut, and next is the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness compact SUV coming later this year. When will Subaru launch the Crosstrek Wilderness?

Sources close to Subaru have revealed the automaker will wait for the next-generation Crosstrek coming in 2023 to launch the all-new Wilderness trim. Subaru of America will be the first to get the rugged 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness. Subaru will likely launch the rugged, off-pavement model in the summer of 2023.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness
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The next-generation 2023 Subaru Crosstrek will get a complete remodel with a new exterior styling, an upgraded interior, and possibly a new turbocharged engine option. Sources close to the Japanese automaker say a new Crosstrek turbocharged model is coming for U.S. customers. Read the Torque News report here.

What engine will the Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness have?

Outdoor enthusiasts would like to see a third-generation 2023 Crosstrek offered with the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine option. If Subaru upgrades Crosstrek with a 2.4-liter powerplant, it would be a surprise and a welcome addition to the lineup.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness
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Subaru could decide to upgrade the Crosstrek's current 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine with additional horsepower. But true to form, the Japanese automaker has not released any information on the outdoor adventure model.

Like Outback Wilderness, the Crosstrek Wilderness will likely come with an advanced dual function X-Mode, elevated 9.5-inch ground clearance, standard front and rear skid plates, and an upgraded off-road suspension.

The Crosstrek Wilderness will wear 17-inch Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires and come with a full-size spare tire. The new Crosstrek will also feature a modified Lineartronic CVT automatic (Continuously Variable Transmission) and an upgraded rear differential.

Subaru is upgrading all its models with direct-injection turbocharged (DIT) Boxer engines, and the Forester and Crosstrek are the next models in the lineup to get one.

It would make sense to use the proven FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged engine producing 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.

The all-new 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness sub-brand is expected to make its U.S. reveal in the spring of 2023. Will the adventure-ready Crosstrek Wilderness have a turbocharged engine? Torque News via Subaru Report will bring you the latest information.

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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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Millanza (not verified)    April 28, 2021 - 9:51PM

Am I the only on tired of suburban pretenders in overhyped vehicles they’ll never optimize. Hate to see subie joining the ranks of Broncos & Wrangles Inc. A handful of people really need them...98% of us do not. No hate. Just waiting for the dawn of the next fad.

John Connolly (not verified)    April 29, 2021 - 11:40AM

In reply to by Millanza (not verified)

Currently own a Crosstrek and need extra ground clearance during winter's King tides in Oregon. The extra 1+ inches of ground clearance make a big difference getting out of the house and to the local grocery store..So, its either Wrangler or Crosstrek...

Mark (not verified)    June 10, 2021 - 12:36PM

In reply to by John Connolly (not verified)

Totally agree (Ottawa, Canada). I'm glad to see Subaru creating different models for different customers. If you don't want the Wilderness features don't buy it. If the Outback is any indication the Wilderness slots into the middle of the lineup and has replaced what Subaru dubbed the "outdoor" model here in Canada.

Christo Rush (not verified)    August 13, 2021 - 7:50PM

In reply to by Millanza (not verified)

What with the flash floods in Colorado; Arizona, and elsewhere, and the wildfires everywhere, you just might find yourself wanting a vehicle that can handle adversity, like the Broncos; Grand Cherokee’s, and Wranglers.. I got caught in a flash flood in Arizona, and was grateful for the Land cruiser I was riding in.

James Holt (not verified)    October 15, 2021 - 1:18PM

In reply to by Millanza (not verified)

I used to be on your team. I have a 4 runner that I actually use offroad and love it. I used to make fun of parking lot princess jeeps, rovers, and others. But, then I thought if you want that car and it makes you happy then let them do whatever it is. Maybe it's big rims, lifted to the clouds, slammed to the core of the earth, or whatever. It's your car and make it make you happy. If it does that then I'm not going to be upset. Trends fads or whatever they are come and go. I'll just keep doint what I do. I will say I'm soooo annoyed at the Overlanding fad because it has wildly driven up the cost of some items, but it will pass eventually.

Stan (not verified)    June 11, 2022 - 4:49AM

In reply to by James Holt (not verified)

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Bubber Hutto (not verified)    April 28, 2022 - 1:35PM

I have planned to buy my next Crosstrek as a stock base model with a manual transmission, and a few other extra (5th tire/rim, roof rack, window wind guards) then upgrade the lift, struts and springs from Primitive Racing in OR.
I was hoping to see if the extra clearance in the wilderness “trim” package in ‘24 also included any upgrades to the CV joints, but it does not appear that they will. If they leave the CV joints as is, I am planning to off road my next Crosstrek myself.
I can’t find any tech specs on their wilderness package struts and springs to compare, but I doubt they are significantly better, if better at all, than what I can get from PR.