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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness Debuts with More Off-Road Capability

Subaru has just revealed the Forester Wilderness, which joins the Outback Wilderness in the automaker's lineup of vehicles with even more off-road capability for drivers looking to go a little further off the trail and then spend some time once they've arrived.

The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness gets a suspension lift of half an inch over the standard Forester, giving it 234 mm of clearance to get over rocks, logs, and ruts off of the beaten path. That gives it 21 mm of ground clearance over the Toyota RAV4 Trail, which looks to be the model's most direct competitor.

Longer springs and shocks mean that there is more suspension travel and not just more clearance, helping the suspension work over bumps. Special damper tuning works to maintain ride and handling with the extra clearance.

Also like the Outback, the Forester Wilderness wears Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires. They're mounted on matte black 17-inch wheels and get raised white letters because it just looks cooler that way. A full-size spare tire is hiding under the cargo area in case the trail gets a little too tough.

The Wilderness trim adds a roof rack that can hold up to 800 lbs (363 kg) when parked, meaning you can use the rack to hold a rooftop tent and then safely use that tent for sleeping and camping. The interior gets water-resistant StarTex seating and there are some other changes Subaru says make it better for carrying wet and muddy gear.

Aside from the trim-specific wheels, Subaru has given the Forester Wilderness some other cosmetic changes including a new front fascia with a larger grille. It has beefier wheel arch cladding, hexagonal fog lights, and a front skid plate, as well as a matte-black anti-glare sticker on the hood.

This is U.S. information, but we expect all of the same for Canada. The model is expected to arrive here along with some revisions to the rest of the Forester line, and we'll update when that information, as well as pricing, becomes available.