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Subaru Forester 2022: Wilderness edition ramps up the 4×4 credentials


Subaru has built its reputation on everyday vehicles that can explore most parts of the world without a fuss and the Wilderness edition takes this mantra to the extreme.

Subaru has unveiled the 2022 Forester Wilderness edition which brings more off road capability to the popular midsize SUV.

The Forester is the second Subaru to get the Wilderness treatment after the Outback large SUV and the XV small SUV is rumoured to follow.

Subaru Forester Wilderness edition 2022 front 3/4 driving
Subaru has unveiled the Forester Wilderness edition which adds more off road capability

Subaru Australia’s local representative, Chloe Fraser, told Chasing Cars while there were currently no plans to introduce the rugged models to Australia they were “following the progress of the Wilderness edition very closely.” 

The enhancements begin with new suspension setup that increases the already high ground clearance by 13mm to 233mm but Subaru says this has not impacted the Forester’s on-road dynamics.

Subaru Forester Wilderness edition 2022 rear
With a 233mm ground clearance the Forester far surpasses most soft-roader SUV rivals

For context, a Volkswagen Tiguan midsize SUV has a ground clearance of 191mm while a dedicated off roader like the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited large SUV measures 252mm.

Sitting at each corner are matte-black 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tyres to tackle mud and snow more effectively – with a full-sized spare in the back for added peace of mind.

The Forester, with its standard symmetrical all wheel drive system, has gained a reputation for being a capable unibody SUV off road, though more expensive ladder-frame vehicles such as the Toyota LandCruiser Prado take it to the next level.

Subaru Forester Wilderness edition 2022 interior
The interior gains water resistant seat material for added durability

Designers have driven home the rugged focus on the Forester Wilderness Edition with a new front end design and large wheel arch cladding along with a front skid plate to keep the SUV protected in rough conditions.

Weekend adventurers will also appreciate the fitment of front fog lights and a ladder-type roof rack that can hold 100kg while on the move or 362kg when stopped – making it much easier to step up a roof-mounted tent away from the bugs and dirt.

Subaru Outback Wilderness edition 2022
The Outback (pictured) and Forester Wilderness edition models are not out of the question for Australia

Subaru has also fitted water-resistant seat material inside along with other more hardy touches, which will no doubt be popular with surfers.

While the Forester and Outback Wilderness edition models are not confirmed for Australia the current signs are a positive indication they will arrive on our shores in due time.