Subaru is introducing a new Outback model for the 2022 model year.
Despite the problems of 2020, Subaru still managed to sell 17,023 Outbacks in the model's best month yet, with 176,996 units finding homes for the year. With that in mind, it's no surprise the automaker is planning on adding an all-new variant to the Subaru Outback line called the Wilderness. So far, we've only seen spy shots of the new variant due at the end of 2021 for the 2022 model year. However, automotive artist Nikita Chuiko has taken a crack at rendering the Outback Wilderness to give us an idea of what the new model may look like.
From what we've seen of the more rugged looking Outback, the Wilderness variant will have a taller suspension setup, six-spoke wheels, more aggressive tires, and both rugged and more subtle appearance tweaks. Most notable of the subtle tweaks are the new hexagonal fog lights housed in a restyled front bumper. Along with the boldness of a new ride height is a new honeycomb grille we suspect will be exclusive to the trim. The rear bumper is also changed, but not shown here are the six-spoke wheels. We're not convinced that those will be on the production model, but we expect the Wilderness to get its own stylized wheels.
A large part of the reason the Outback sells well in the US is as it's a raised wagon marketed as a crossover. The Outback is already competent on slippery and bumpy terrain due to Subaru's excellent all-wheel-drive system and its raised ride height. Building on that to create a version that will go even further off the beaten track makes sense. However, we're not expecting an update to the available horizontally-opposed four-cylinder Boxer engines. We hope that Subaru makes the more powerful turbocharged 2.4-liter generating 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft standard on the new model.