First, there was the very obvious teaser photo, then the pesky EPA listing, and now Subaru has made official what we already knew: The face-lifted 2022 Subaru Forester will be the next of the manufacturer’s cars to get a Wilderness variant. This beefier-looking, relatively more off-road-prepared Forester joins Subaru’s budding Wilderness lineup that kicked off with the Outback Wilderness.
For those unfamiliar—in other words, people who haven’t seen the Wilderness version of the Subaru Outback—Wilderness is Subaru’s new outdoor-themed trim level that encompasses a pleasing blend of form and function. In the case of the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, ground clearance increases from 8.7 inches on the standard Forester to 9.2, and its matte black wheels are fitted with Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tires.
To help the Forester Wilderness tackle obstacles it can now climb and clear, the model gets a lower final-drive ratio and a reprogrammed X-Mode all-wheel-drive system. Among other things, the system senses when the Forster Wilderness climbs at steep angles and drops the car’s continuously variable transmission into its lowest ratio, effectively giving the Forester Wilderness a crawler gear. Skidplates are available to protect the engine, fuel tank, and rear differential. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.