2022 Subaru Forester® Wilderness™: Release Date, Price, Towing Capacity

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness
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The hits keep coming, and the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness is yet another. Building on the ruggedized, off-road enhanced nature of the Outback® Wilderness, it's time for the Forester to receive the treatment. More capable and adventure-ready than ever before, there's plenty to love waiting for you to discover. We're the Subaru dealer in Lexington to take command of one at, so read on, find out what's new and improved, and get ready for some trail-dominating action.

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness — at a Glance

Since debuting in 1997, the Forester has made its mark on the automotive world over and over again. Combining car-like handling and comfort with the toughness and practical capabilities of an SUV, the Forester launched as one of the first crossover SUVs on the market. But beyond being a trendsetter, the Forester was a trailblazer — in a literal sense. Powering through the worst terrains with a SUBARU BOXER® engine and iconic Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system, yet also using them for a smooth and precise on-road ride, the first-gen Forester showed the world what versatility could really look like.

Proving to be a successful formula, today we're on the fifth generation of Forester. We're also in a great time for versatile, exciting, adventure-ready Subaru models. A new WRX® is approaching, the Solterra™ is coming soon, and the Outback Wilderness has already proven its might on trails across the nation. Joining the Forester family, the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness is one of six Forester models to discover, coming soon as your value-packed adventure companion.

Filled with new tech tricks, ruggedized style, and off-road optimized goodies, finding a Subaru Forester for sale is as exciting as ever. But what makes the Forester Wilderness a stand-out adventure machine? Let's take a look:

The Subaru Forester Wilderness Package

We start the tour from outside — you'll instantly know this Forester means business from the first look you take. That comes thanks to new bumpers and body cladding, all decked out in a ruggedized matte black style, with Anodized Copper finishing to accent it. While the looks are a delight to the eyes, part of the stealthy matte black flair is there to protect them — an anti-glare hood accent for long, sunny summer trail days. Distinct trim continues, with Wilderness Edition badges, hexagonal LED fog lights, and exclusive Geyser Blue paint to set it apart from the crowd.

Matte black accents continue the Wilderness Edition revisions, coming in hot on exclusive 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in ultra-capable Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires. Good news for the overland expedition enthusiasts out there, a full-sized spare tire comes standard. Better still, you get lifted suspension standard for those expeditions, raising the ground clearance to 9.2 inches. Both that and the new bumpers give improved approach, departure, and break-over angles for tackling off-road obstacles. On the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, they are as follows:

  • Approach angle: 23.5 degrees — improved from 22.9 degrees
  • Departure angle: 25.4 degrees — improved from 24.6 degrees
  • Breakover angle: 21.0 degrees — improved from 19.6 degrees

In essence, this means you can drive up, over, and off challenging terrain like never before. When facing the challenge, you'll have even further confidence thanks to a standard front bumper-mounted skid plate, as well as available skid plates for the engine, fuel tank, and rear differential. As a part of achieving the raised ground clearance, longer shocks and coil springs come together with specially-tuned, longer-travel dampers for enhanced off-road capabilities and increased on-road balance.

The exterior revisions coming with the Subaru Forester Wilderness release date continue as a delight for the campers out there. Revising the roof rack, you'll now get a dynamic load capacity of 220 lbs and a static capacity of up to 800 lbs. Essentially, it means you can take bigger rooftop tents than ever before to make those weekend getaways all the better.

Subaru Forester Wilderness Engine & Drivetrain

The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness packs a revised drivetrain, allowing full use of those off-road additions. It starts with the transmission, bestowing a lower ratio for the final drive. As well, the seven simulated Lineartronic® CVT gear ratios have been re-tuned, with an eighth added on to give even lower gearing. But what does lower gearing do? It increases low-speed capabilities when the going gets really tough. From rock crawling to hill climbing, you'll get through it with ease.

With a 182 horsepower, 176 lb-ft torque SUBARU BOXER® engine lending its power, another excellent optimization comes in the form of an enhanced, re-tuned dual-function Subaru X-MODE® system. With the venerable drive modes including snow, deep snow, dirt, and mud, this enhanced system now detects steep angles, automatically dropping into the lowest gear ratio. Essentially, this is like a rock-crawling gear on traditional 4x4s — but with advanced hands-free functionality. Coming standard as well, Hill Descent Control makes getting back down a breeze.

Capping it off, a temperature sensor for the rear differential lets you know when your 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness needs a break during those really long and challenging trail sessions. As well, new oil coolers bestow even greater practical capabilities.

Subaru Forester Wilderness, Towing Capacity Doubled

Speaking of those greater capabilities, said oil coolers are the star of the show here. The new models you'll find with our Subaru Forester lease deals can tow up to a maximum of 1,500 lbs.1 On the Forester Wilderness, that rating is doubled to 3,000 lbs.1 Tow a camper, trailer with an ATV, or many more options; the wilderness is your playground.

Subaru Forester Wilderness Interior Additions

Inside the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, you'll find the same attractive layout as other Forester models, but with some unique touches. An eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia and device connectivity, EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, and more are the attractive tech features you'd expect. But, a 180-degree Front-View Monitor for easy obstacle monitoring, protective seat-back material, and plenty of Anodized Copper finish accents set it apart.

Interior durability is maximized with water-repellent StarTex® upholstery, offering easy post-adventure clean-up back in Lexington to boot. Select the sole optional package for the Forester Wilderness, and you get a power-operated rear gate, Harman Kardon® premium sound system, and SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia with navigation.

Subaru Forester Wilderness Release Date

It's all very exciting, but when will the Subaru Forester Wilderness release date arrive? Your adventurous ambitions will have to hold on for a little bit longer. The Forester Wilderness is slated for arrival sometime in November of 2021.

Subaru Forester Wilderness Price

So how much will this new adventure-enhanced Forester run you? Plans as of right now call for a starting MSRP of $33,495.2

Answer the Call of the Wild at Quantrell Subaru

Ready to experience the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness? When it arrives, stop by, and we'd be happy to take you on a tour and test drive. While you wait, please don't hesitate to contact us with any further questions regarding the Forester Wilderness — we're just as excited as you are for this new member of the Subaru family.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much will the Subaru Forester Wilderness cost?

The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness comes in as the third highest-end member of the 2022 Forester family. Packed with rugged, off-road adventure-optimized additions inside and out, the starting MSRP of the Forester Wilderness will be $33,495.2 Compared to the base model's MSRP of $26,230,2 and top-end Touring trim's MSRP of $36,420,2 it's hard to beat the value when it comes to adventure-ready Subaru SUVs.

When will the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness be released?

While the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness has already been unveiled, you'll have to wait another couple of months to see and buy one in showrooms. Right now, the full release of the Forester Wilderness is slated for the end of November. Hopefully, it hits the road sooner, but only time will tell when the specific date of arrival is.

How much can the Subaru Forester Wilderness tow?

To start with, the standard towing capacity of a new Subaru Forester comes in at 1,500 lbs when properly equipped. Packing a new set of oil coolers to keep operating temperatures lower under load, the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness doubles that tow rating, letting you tow with a capacity of up to 3,000 lbs when properly equipped. Bring a camper, a trailer with your toys, or whatever else you can imagine — a Forester Wilderness will get it done.

1When properly equipped.

2Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.

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