Subaru has revealed the new 2022 Outback Wilderness as the most rugged and off-road-capable Outback in the nameplate’s history. Nothing says ‘rugged’ better than some extra body cladding, and the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness certainly fits the bill with new bumpers front and rear, a different front grille, a front skid plate, model-specific LED fog lights, extended wheel arch trims, and very striking matte black anti-glare hood decal.
Compared with the regular Outback, the Outback Wilderness gains close to an extra inch of ground clearance (now 9.5 inches). The approach/ramp breakover/departure angles have increased to 20/21.2/23.6 degrees respectively, up from 18.6/19.4/21.7 degrees. The suspension tuning compensates for the rough terrain this Outback is capable of navigating, while front/rear shocks and springs have seen an increase in length. Subaru says that the suspension is even tougher than before, although the company didn’t specify how, and the same dual-function X-Mode from the Onyx XT model – which offers Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes – carries over. Power is derived from Subaru’s 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine with 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a Lineartronic CVT transmission with paddle shifters.
In the cabin, the Outback Wilderness is specified more for durability than luxury. The seats are upholstered in Subaru StarTex, a material that repels water. Contrast copper stitching and the Anodized Copper-finish accents help to lift the environment. There are also brushed aluminum pedals, all-weather floor mats, and the StarLink infotainment system with an 11.6-inch touchscreen. The buttons and switches have a high quality feel to them, but even the base trim gets simulated leather sewn together at the dash, door and center console.