But which new Subie will get the treatment?
The Subaru brand is synonymous with an outdoor lifestyle, but the company has never gone into the hardcore off-road segment to compete with the likes of the Jeep Wrangler. Earlier this year, Subaru dipped a toe into this market with the rugged Outback Wilderness model. This model features a lifted suspension, additional body cladding, and chunkier all-terrain tires to make it more suitable for mountainous paths. Subaru customers clearly fell in love with the idea because the company just teased a second Wilderness model.
"Subaru of America recently unveiled the 2022 Outback Wilderness," the company said in a press release. "As it turns out, it isn't the only one of its kind. Now there's another Wilderness model coming, extensively upgraded and retuned for rugged adventure."
The release does not go into any further detail and only includes a single image of the new model's Wilderness badge. This teaser image was taken pretty close up, so it's difficult to tell exactly which Subaru model will receive the Wilderness treatment. If we had to guess, this fender looks like the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, which would be the perfect candidate for a more rugged variant. There's a slight possibility this could be an Ascent or Forrester, but we think the Crosstrek is the most likely. The photo shows the now-familiar Wilderness badge surrounded by some attractive blue paint that took years to produce, likely the Geyser Blue first introduced on the Outback.
Like the Outback we expect the Crosstrek Wilderness to include a lifted suspension, upgraded tires, and more rugged bumpers and fenders. Inside, the Wilderness trim will likely build on the Crosstrek Sport, using the same 2.5-liter flat-four engine producing 181 horsepower. It's unlikely that the Wilderness will receive any power upgrade, though we can always dream of a turbocharged model.
Subaru did not mention when it will reveal the new Wilderness model, though this month's 2021 New York Auto Show seems like a possibility. The 2022 Subaru WRX will make its big debut in NY, though we don't think a Wilderness trim would upstage it.