Already the Subaru Outback is recognized for its off-road capabilities, now we are pushing the limits even further with a Wilderness version capable of facing the apocalypse.
The Subaru Outback has built a solid reputation for off-road capability. For 2022, we discover the Wilderness version whose capacities are even more impressive, the best of all time for the model.
Last week we saw a partial first image of the new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness . So as not to make us wait too long, Subaru is already presenting the model. From reading its specs and looking at it, you can see why the automaker says this is the most extreme Outback ever.
Let’s start with the exterior styling. Without a doubt, the Wilderness differs from regular Outbacks. At the front, we immediately notice a new, more dynamic grille as well as a black decal in the center of the hood. There is, however, a lot more action in the lower section with a brand new bumper. It offers even more protection and even goes so far as to support optical blocks. To be even more resistant, a protective plate is installed in the basement at the front.
Back to basics, just like for previous generations of the Outback, fog lights are back with a round shape. As it should be, the lighting is all LED. Another characteristic touch, the stylists include two small orange rectangles which will also be repeated elsewhere in the passenger compartment and at the rear and which in fact hide anchors.
In profile, we quickly see that we are elsewhere in terms of capacity. The first striking point is the protection of the wheel arches and the sill is even more impressive. To limit the possibility of damage, the whole thing is made of contrasting black plastic.
On the wheels, 17-inch black-painted rims serve as a support for the Yokohama Geolander A / T tires. as Subaru hopes buyers will go on excursions, we are offering a new roof rack capable of supporting up to 318 kilos (700 pounds), ideal for the tent offered as an accessory! At the rear, we follow the same approach as on the other faces of the Wilderness with a more prominent bumper.
Beyond the aesthetic, the suspensions allow the Wilderness to stand out. Historically, the new generation of the Outback comes with 8.7-inch ground clearance. The Wilderness increases the height by 0.8 inches to reach 9.5. This makes it one of the highest ground clearances in the industry if you exclude the air suspensions.
Therefore, the angles also change and upward. For the angle of approach, we go from 18.6 to 20 degrees, for the angle of rupture between the wheels, it is from 19.4 to 21.2, a gain of 1.8 degrees, and for the starting angle, it is now 23.6 degrees, an increase of 1.9 degrees. To this we must add that, to stabilize the Wilderness on its wheels, the tracks are widened by 0.2 inches at the front and rear. Note that we are offering revised shocks that have greater travel.
In the cabin, we immediately recognize the Outback. There are a few changes that liven up the presentation. Just like on the outside, we apply some orange decorations in particular to the steering wheel, the gear selector, the instrumentation and the stitching. Subaru covers the seats with StarTex, an easy-to-clean, water-repellent material.
In terms of engine, only the turbocharged 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is available. It returns with its 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Obviously, all-wheel drive is standard as is the continuously variable transmission (CVT) . Interestingly, for the worst conditions, we rely on a torque vector as well as an X-Mode with revisited ratio. To optimize its performance, it goes from 4.11 to 1 to 4.44 to 1. In this way, the torque works better at lower revs. Subaru even announces that the Wilderness is capable of climbing an incline of up to 40 degrees even when the surface is gravel.
The price of the Wilderness 2022 version will be announced later, closer to its arrival on the market. Sitting at the top of the Outback range, we can expect a bill that will exceed $ 50,000. All this, without counting the possibilities of accessories that will be offered as an option.