The 2022 Subaru Outback is a capable platform designed for adventure.
Japanese carmaker Subaru is advancing its electrification strategy with incredible zeal. The company has announced that it will be collaborating with Toyota and will soon introduce the Evoltis all-electric SUV. This doesn’t mean that Subaru will not continue making some exciting off-road machines.
The Japanese car brand introduced the sixth generation of its Outback SUV back in 2020, and the nameplate recently got a major refresh. For the 2022 model, Subaru refreshed the Outback Wilderness by introducing a wide range of updates. The sixth-gen Outback was a formidable utility vehicle, but for its latest iteration, the company has redesigned the wagon into a vehicle destined for endless overlanding adventures.
The outgoing model carries forward Subaru’s 2.4-liter turbocharged engine and comes standard on the Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, and Touring XT, which mates to an 8-speed CVT gearbox. The company modified its continuously variable transmission to incorporate a final drive ratio for the front wheels. The powerplant produces 260 HP of maximum power and 277 lb-ft of peak torque which can be regulated using paddle shifters.
Ready for the trails, the Wilderness has a best in class ground clearance.
The company has also upgraded the suspension setup of the wagon. The new model rides an inch higher than the standard model, whereas the Wilderness variant gets the best-in-class 9.5 inches of additional ground clearance. To make sure that the new Outback can take on any challenging terrain, the company also increased the approach and departure angles of the utility vehicle.
The approach and departure angle for the 2022 Outback Wilderness stand at 20 and 23.6 degrees, respectively. In addition to the advanced X-MODE, Subaru has also redesigned the front and rear bumpers, which accommodate the all-new 17-inch rims that come wrapped in Yokohama GEOLANDAR all-terrain tires.