Subaru Announces 2022 Outback Wilderness SUV

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The 2022 Outback Wilderness is expected to land at Subaru dealers this spring. Photo: Subaru

Subaru Canada has announced the new 2022 Outback Wilderness.

The Wilderness offers a revised front grille within its new front bumper and a reworked rear bumper, larger wheel-arch cladding along with black exterior trim on door mirrors, window mouldings, roof rails, front grille and badging. Plus, a black hood decal is included to minimize sun glare on bright, off-road trails.

It stands on new all-terrain tires (225/65 R17) that provide more grip, accentuated with white lettering and matte-black finish alloy wheels.

LED hexagonal fog lamps are added for additional visibility, illuminating rugged terrain. Finally, the undercarriage features four skid plates in total: two under the engine, as well as skid plates under both the transmission and rear differential.

Built with Subaru’s core technologies, including Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive and a horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine, the Outback Wilderness maintains balance and comfort on or off-road.

Engine specifications and driving modes

The all-new Outback Wilderness features a 2.4L, 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine with direct-injection and turbocharger that provides 260 horsepower. An off-road suspension design provides an increased total ground clearance of 241 millimetres.

Approach, departure and break-over angles are also increased over the standard model: 20.0-degrees (+1.4), 23.6-degrees (+1.9) and 21.2-degrees (+1.8) respectively. Body width has also been increased by 40 millimetres and front and rear tracks also widen slightly.

The Wilderness also features fixed roof rails that offer 318 kilograms of static load capacity with 4-tie-down points, as well as front and rear tow-point covers that allow for ease of access. The turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine provides 1,588 kilograms (3,500 lbs.) of towing capacity.

Then comes the X-MODE system, which complements Subaru’s symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive.

Enhanced control logic allows the system to operate at higher vehicle speeds, such as when driving down ice, dirt, mud, or gravel roads. Also, the driver can now track roll angle information, which has been added to the X-MODE display screen.


The Outback Wilderness combines a more durable makeup with all-weather upholstery and Wilderness logo-embossed headrests. It features anodized copper-finish accents, black headliner and overhead trim, gunmetal interior trim, exclusive all-weather rubber floor liners, as well as rugged, alloy pedals.

The interior of Subaru’s new 2022 Outback Wilderness. Photo: Subaru

The addition of a front-view camera provides a nearly 180-degree view in front of the vehicle. The interior also adds LED rear gate lamps, which improve lighting in the cargo area and a heated steering wheel for Canadian winters.

All the Outback Wilderness’ safety systems have been recalibrated for their equipment and specific handling characteristics.

Subaru’s standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology uses two cameras to monitor on-road activity and provides four different types of preventative assistance to the driver.

The 2022 Outback Wilderness is expected to land at Subaru dealers this spring.

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