Meet the “most rugged and capable Outback in history,” the new Subaru Outback Wilderness. After a series of teasers, Subaru has finally pulled the wraps off this new model set to hit the American market.
Let’s get the ‘standard’ stuff out of the way first. The Outback Wilderness is powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine that generates 260hp and 375Nm of torque mated to a Lineartronic CVT with an eight-speed manual mode. It comes equipped with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and its EyeSight safety technologies.
It also gets a host of in-car tech, including a massive 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment system that provides controls for multimedia functions and other vehicle settings. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and it also enables access to the X-MODE display that includes a new Roll-Angle Indicator for additional off-road assistance.
Now, let’s move on to the good stuff. As we said, Subaru calls this the “most capable” Outback ever. The Outback Wilderness now boasts a 20-degree approach angle, 21.2-degree breakover angle, and 23.6-degree departure angle. All figures are higher compared with standard Outback variants. In addition, ground clearance is now up to 241mm, which is better than most midsize SUVs and pickups here in our market.
The Outback Wilderness also features new bumpers, an exclusive hexagonal front grille, LED fog lamps, and an anti-glare hood decal. Off-road prowess is improved further with a front skid plate, a rear differential protector, and 17-inch matte black alloy wheels shod in Yokohoma Geolandar all-terrain tires.
This new Outback sports an exclusive Geyser Blue finish inspired by Subaru’s rally heritage, as well as the scenery found in US national parks. It bears Subaru Wilderness badges around the exterior and in certain parts of the cabin.
Speaking of the cabin, there are noteworthy bits here, too. Several pieces of the interior, such as the Subaru StarTex seats and the rear cargo tray, are built with waterproof material, which we reckon will come in handy during hardcore off-roading.
No price tag available on this thing yet. Subaru is expected to make an announcement later this year. What do you think of the new Outback Wilderness, though? Tell us your take in the comments section.
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