Subaru today unveiled the new 2022 Forester Wilderness, a more adventurous and more rugged version of the popular compact SUV that will join the Outback Wilderness introduced earlier this year.
For 2022, the company has also redesigned the Forester’s front fascia, increased the load capacity of the roof rails and added new convenience and safety features including an enhanced EyeSight driver assist system.
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Similar to the Outback, the Wilderness model slots right in the middle of the Forester lineup. The exterior stands out with a revised front grille, front skid plate, anti-glare hood decal in matte black finish and unique hexagonal LED fog lights. There are new badges, of course, as well as various anodized cooper accents.
More body cladding can be found around the rocker panels and wheel arches, while the exclusive 17-inch black alloy wheels are wrapped in Yokohama GEOLANDAR all-terrain tires offering improved traction in the mud and gravel (a standard full-size tire is stored under the cargo area).
The off-road capabilities of the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness are further elevated by longer coil springs and shock absorbers that increase ground clearance to 9.2 inches, additional chassis tuning and a standard X-MODE function that proves handy particularly in slippery descents.
Inside, designers jazzed up the cabin with copper-coloured accents and stitching. More importantly for outdoor enthusiasts and weekend explorers, water-resistant StarTex fabric covers the seats.
Like every other Forester, the Wilderness model makes use of a 2.5-litre flat-four engine that delivers 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque through a Lineartronic CVT and Subaru’s acclaimed symmetrical AWD system.
Canadian pricing for the 2022 Subaru Forester lineup starts at $29,465. The new Wilderness model costs $38,995.