The new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness features an all new Subaru made 2.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer engine as standard in all trims, which delivers 260 BHP at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm to 4,800 rpm. In fact, this is enough power to create the ability of towing up to 3,500lbs. The new engine is also capable of reaching MPGs of 22mpg for the city, 26mpg for the highway and 24mpg for a combined rate, these results are estimated by the EPA and could fluctuate closer to the 2022 Outback’s launch.
Subaru has also raised the 2022 Outback Wilderness by one inch compared to the standard model, this takes the overall ground clearance up to an impressive 9.5 inches. This was all possible due to the fact that engineers at Subaru increased the length of the front and rear shock absorbers as well as the springs. Not only did this improve the amount of ground clearance the car can achieve, but it also allows the suspension to travel further, making off road driving more comfortable for the occupants. The overall improvement in ground clearance, partnered with the newly designed front and rear bumpers also contributes to an improvement in navigation when travelling across rough or uneven terrain.
The Subaru Outback’s rear differential has also been revised and fitted now featuring a drive of 4.44:1. An 8-speed Lineartronic CVT is also included and features a manual mode with steering wheel shifters, for those who want to be in a bit more control of the car. Furthermore, Subaru also modified the Lineartronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) to achieve an equivalent final drive ratio at the front wheels. In conclusion, this improves low end torque availability at the wheels, allowing the driver to conquer terrain grades up to 40% on a gravel surface.
The Outback Wilderness delivers the optimal blend of SUV capability and car-like-driving/handling that the model is known for amongst its predecessors. However, this time round its even better due to Subaru updating their technology within the car. For example, Active Torque Vectoring and Vehicle Dynamics Control make sure the car’s handling and driving experience is the best it can be either on the road or on the trail. The driver will also be introduced to upgrades when purchasing the vehicle, such as a Front View Monitor, LED Rear Gate Light, and Hands-Free Power Rear Gate improve convenience on the trail.
As standard, the Subaru Outback comes with the dual-function X-MODE which features driving modes such as Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud. However, in the Outback Wilderness, owners will have access to a new advanced feature for X-MODE allows the vehicle to switch automatically from low speed managed driving to speeds over 25 mph without interruption of power or performance.
On the inside of the Subaru Outback you can discover Subaru’s infamous Starlink technology and an integrated cockpit experience. This is means that the driver can now control the car’s entertainment and vehicle settings through a large touchscreen display. The Subaru Outback Wilderness comes standard with an 11.6 inch Multimedia Plus system which offers direct touch controls for multimedia, HVAC, X-MODE and any other vehicle settings. Also included is Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity. Exclusive to Outback Wilderness trim, the X-MODE display features a new Roll-Angle Indicator to help the driver navigate off-road terrain.
Navigation in the 2022 Subaru Outback is also available, however, it does come as an optional extra that also includes a power moonroof and Reverse Automatic Braking.
Subaru Outback Exterior
The Subaru Outback’s new design features helps push the message over that this vehicle is extremely capable and comfortable in an off-road environment. On the Outback Wilderness one can find exclusive styling with all-new front and rear bumpers, bold hexagonal front grille, larger wheel arch cladding, Front Skid Plate, unique hex-designed LED fog lights and an anti-glare hood decal in matte-black finish. To partner up with this and give the car a more unique style, window trims and exterior badges have a black finish and new Subaru Wilderness badges are emblazoned on the front fenders and rear gate. Accents of Anodised Copper finishes can be found around the car’s exterior such as tow hook anchor points and roof rail tie-down points.
The Outback Wilderness also adopts a more utilitarian fixed ladder-type roof rack system, with an exceptional static load limit of 700 lbs. This results in the driver/family to fit a roof-top tent to the top of the car whilst exploring trails. Other accessories from Subaru and the aftermarket are available to add on these roof racks, making the car more functional when on the trails.
The new Outback also debuts its exclusive exterior colour: Geyser Blue. A colour that is inspired by Subaru’s rally heritage and the US’ national parks where this car will be in its element.
The Outback Wilderness also comes with Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires for better performance on muddy or gravel roads. These are mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels that incorporates a matte black finish. The tires are also embossed with raised white letters: a homage to the original Outback.
Subaru Outback Interior
On the inside of the Subaru Outback Wilderness, occupants will be presented with a comfortable and durable interior perfect for the road or on the trail. The seats are wrapped with Subaru’s StarTrex water-repellant material with the Subaru Wilderness logo embossed into the headrests. A copper coloured stitch can also be found throughout the interior, mainly on the upholstery and seats, which partners up nicely with the copper accents also found on the steering wheel, gear shifter/selector and meter rings.
The headliner adopts a darker colour and Gunmetal Grey replaces the standard chrome touch points such as ventilation grilles and cupholders. To give the car a more sporty feel, Subaru has implemented brushed aluminium pedals, these can also be found in the new 2022 Subaru BRZ.