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Subaru Outback Wildnerness spy photos show more rugged design | Autoblog

Last year, reports came out from The Drive and AutoGuide that Subaru would be adding some extra-rugged versions of its crossovers, including the Subaru Outback, and that they'd be getting the Wilderness name. Thanks to one of our spy photographers, we're getting a good glimpse at what seems to be the Outback Wilderness model. Besides some styling details, it looks like it may get a couple functional off-road upgrades.
The front of the Outback Wilderness seems to get the majority of the styling changes, particularly the front bumper. It doesn't look like it extends as far down as the regular Outback bumper, particularly on the sides. This probably aids the approach angle. Also beneficial is what looks like a real metal skid plate. There's only one center grille opening, too, and it's filled with a large, open mesh. On either side are chunky round LED fog lights. The main grille features a similar mesh through most of it, and a center bar with angled cutouts. It all contributes to a more aggressive look. One other interesting addition to the front is a matte black stripe on the hood, suggesting the Outback Wilderness may get some unique graphics.
From the side, we can just make out through the camouflage some particularly aggressive fender flares. They have much taller sections at the tops of the wheel arches. In those arches are small wheels with tall-profile tires with white lettering. They're likely a knobbier all-terrain variety for better off-road grip and seem indicative of the rubber many current Outback owners have already been affixing to their cars for a more rugged look and extra capability. It's hard to tell for sure if this Outback has more ground clearance, since it's accelerating around a small curve. If it is lifted at all, it's likely a small amount, since the Outback already has a lofty 8.7-inch ground clearance. The rear bumper looks a bit more tucked in, similar to the front bumper, probably both for looks and a slightly better departure angle. The roof rails are all covered, so there may be some hidden design details up there, possibly color accents kind of like the orange ones on the Forester Sport.
The Outback Wilderness, and its Forester counterpart, are reportedly going into production this spring. Based on this prototype, that seems quite reasonable, since it looks about ready for its debut, and it doesn't seem to be a major redesign. And with production starting so soon, we'd expect to see both models revealed in just a few months, and sales starting toward the end of spring and start of summer in time for the 2022 model year.
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Why would they cover the roof rails?
 

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The bumper mods are a good start. Will be interesting to see if it has any mechanical enhancements.
Too bad the H6 is gone. Hybrid power done to primarily add torque rather than save gas would redeem them.
 

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The roof rails may be taped to cover up some wilderness-specific features, but IMO is probably just to bluff and confuse the opposition.
IIRC years ago there was talk of differentiating the Outback a sub-brand. I think Subaru marketing perceives a need for a more butch-looking Outback, hence the wilderness trim.
 

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Interesting LED lights on the lower facia. The blacked out hood :unsure: top mounted intercooler opening ;):rolleyes:
 

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Looks like it is taking some cues from the picture in the Australian brochure (which may or may not be the final as sold version so says the brochure).

I see the wilderness badging on the seats, doors and the back
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the rails are covered because they are different. Looks similar to the pics in the Australian brochure (which may not be 100% accurate for a production model)

here are similarities I see... arrows show similar roof rails, the larger wheel arch molding, similar lower grille, similar contour on the upper portion of the black cladding on the front... the circles indicate where the lower contour is “shaved” so current fog lights would be moved inboard.

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roof rails different angle

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better contrast to see the wheel arch molding...

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Note the similarities

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Will be interesting to see if it has any mechanical enhancements.
Too bad the H6 is gone. Hybrid power done to primarily add torque rather than save gas would redeem them.
An electric motor would make lo-range transfer case unnecessary and really save the CVT under difficult terrain.
 

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it is me or it looks likes its lifted only in the front...
there might be some extra weight in the back tho.
With my quick estimation, if its lifted
its not a 2" lift. 1" at most.
(lifted 2" outback seems to have the lower part arriving flush with the center of the wheel).
thats my 2 cents.
 

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