Subaru Wilderness

The wild is calling. Answer it.

Rear Quarter Image of an Outback Wilderness in Geyser Blue


The Outback Wilderness offers a revised front grille within its new front bumper and a reworked rear bumper, larger wheel-arch cladding along with black exterior trim on door mirrors, window moldings, roof rails, front grille and badging. Plus, a black hood decal is included to minimize sun glare on bright, off-road trails. The addition of a front-view camera provides a nearly 180-degree view in front of the vehicle. LED hexagonal fog lamps are added for additional visibility when driving over rugged terrain. Finally, the undercarriage features four skid plates in total: two under the engine, as well as skid plates under both the transmission and rear differential.

The Outback Wilderness features a 2.4L, 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine with direct-injection and a turbocharger that provides 260 horsepower. An off-road suspension design provides an increased total ground clearance of 241 millimeters (9.5 Inches) while approach, departure and break-over angles are also increased over the standard model: 20.0-degrees (+1.4), 23.6-degrees (+1.9) and 21.2-degrees (+1.8) respectively. Body width is increased by 40 millimeters with slightly widened front and rear tracks. It stands on 225/65 R17 White Letter All-Terrain tires to provide more grip that stand out nicely against matte-black finish alloy wheels.

The Outback Wilderness also features fixed roof rails that offer 318 kilograms of static load capacity with 4-tie-down points, as well as front and rear tow-point covers that allow for ease of access. The turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine provides 1,588 kilograms (3,500 lbs.) of towing capacity.

The X-MODE system, which complements Subaru’s symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, offers enhanced control logic allowing the system to operate at higher vehicle speeds, such as when driving down ice, dirt, mud, or gravel roads. Also, the driver can now track roll angle information right from the X-MODE display screen.

The interior combines durable all-weather upholstery and Wilderness logo-embossed headrests with features including anodized copper-finish accents, a black headliner and overhead trim, gunmetal interior trim, exclusive all-weather rubber floor liners, and rugged, alloy pedals. The interior also features LED rear gate lamps, which improve lighting in the cargo area and a heated steering wheel for Canadian winters.

All the Outback Wilderness’ safety systems have been recalibrated for their equipment and specific handling characteristics, including the standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which uses two cameras to monitor on-road activity and provide four different types of preventative assistance to the driver.

Rear View of a Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness in Geyser Blue
Front Quarter View of a Crosstrek Wilderness in Geyser Blue


Combining Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with a revised drivetrain, standard X-MODE, elevated 9.3-inch ground clearance and exclusive body cladding, the Crosstrek Wilderness is the most rugged and trail-capable Crosstrek ever.

The Crosstrek Wilderness is powered by a 2.5-liter direct-injection SUBARU BOXER® engine, with 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. Subaru engineered the Crosstrek Wilderness drivetrain for better off-road performance by installing a revised differential gear ratio and retuned Lineartronic CVT. The 4.111 final drive ratio (vs. 3.700) improves climbing ability and the new tuning for the CVT optimizes traction at low speeds and on slippery surfaces. Additionally, maximum towing capacity more than doubles to 3,500 lb. thanks to the addition of a transmission oil cooler.

Like all Crosstrek models, the Wilderness is equipped with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control; Pre-Collision Braking; Pre-Collision Throttle Management; Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lead Vehicle Start Alert. In addition, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are standard on the new model. The Crosstrek Wilderness also comes standard with Automatic Emergency Steering. The feature works in conjunction with EyeSight and Blind-Spot Detection to assist with steering control to help avoid a collision at speeds less than 80 kph. Standard Reverse Automatic Braking adds an extra measure of safety in tight trail situations and while parking.

Design + Function = Unique Wilderness Style
Like the other Wilderness models, the Crosstrek Wilderness design blends trail-enhanced function with style that also turns heads. To visually communicate the more capable off-road performance, the Crosstrek Wilderness adds exclusive styling with all-new front and rear bumpers, bold hexagonal front grille, larger wheel arch cladding, metal front skid plate, unique hex-design LED fog lights and an anti-glare hood decal in matte-black finish.

Subaru Wilderness badges are emblazoned on the front doors and rear gate. A body-color roof spoiler and black side mirrors with integrated turn signals complement the SUV’s rugged look. Among the exterior colors offered, the Crosstrek Wilderness is available in Geyser Blue, which is exclusive to the Wilderness family.

The Crosstrek Wilderness features a versatile ladder-type roof rack system, with a 176 lb. dynamic load capacity and a 700-lb. static load limit, allowing safe use of larger roof-top tents. The roof rail design provides flexibility to fit a wide variety of carrying accessories.

Off-Road Capability and X-MODE for Maximum Control
Exclusive suspension components give the Crosstrek Wilderness 9.3-inch ground clearance, more than a half-inch increase over the other Crosstrek models, while longer coil springs and shock absorbers provide the added ground clearance, while special tuning helps maintain dynamic performance.

Longer travel strokes for the front and rear shock absorbers help keep the tires in contact with rough surfaces, increasing vehicle stability. In addition, a longer dampening compression stroke helps increase absorption on rough road surfaces, providing a smoother ride. Even with its added ground clearance, the Crosstrek Wilderness maintains a low step-in height for ease of entry. The approach angle is increased from 18.0 to 20.0 degrees, the angle of departure increases from 30.1 to 33.0 degrees, and ramp breakover angle moves up from 19.7 to 21.1 degrees.

The Crosstrek Wilderness comes equipped with Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires for optimal performance in mud, gravel or snow. Mounted on exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels in matte-black finish, the tires are embossed with raised white letters.

The Crosstrek Wilderness is also equipped with Subaru’s driver-selectable dual-function X-MODE. The system offers Snow / Dirt and Deep Snow / Mud modes. To help maximize traction in varying conditions, each mode specifically optimizes the engine output and CVT ratio positions, increases the Active All-Wheel Drive engagement and enhances the control logic of the Vehicle Dynamics Control with Traction Control System. The X-MODE display features a Roll-Angle Indicator to help the driver judge potentially hazardous situations.

An Interior designed for the Outdoors
Inside, Subaru equipped the Crosstrek Wilderness cabin for comfort and durability. The seats are upholstered in comfortable, water-resistant Subaru StarTex® material that features the Subaru Wilderness logo embossed in the front headrests. Bold copper colored contrast stitching accents the interior, complementing the anodized copper-finish accents on the shifter, gauge meter rings and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Black pillar trim, assist grips, overhead console, and headliner pairs well with the Gunmetal Grey trim used on the dash, doors, and shifter plate. Standard all-weather floor mats feature a unique Wilderness design. In the cargo area, a removable water-resistant rear cargo tray protects the load floor from wet, muddy gear tossed in the back. The rear gate comes equipped with an LED light for better nighttime visibility.

The Wilderness comes standard with the SUBARU STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus system. The 11.6-inch high-resolution touchscreen is equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay® and wireless Android Auto with full screen display. Additional features include Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM/FM stereo; rear vision camera; SiriusXM® All-Access Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link® (4-month free Platinum Plan); HD Radio®; and over-the-air updates. The multimedia system also works as a center information display with combination meter integration and on-screen controls for audio, climate, and vehicle functions. The Wilderness is also equipped with a wireless phone charger in the center console.

An available option package for Wilderness includes Power Moonroof; 10-way power driver seat with 2-way lumbar support; and a Harman Kardon® 10-speaker system with 432-watt equivalent amplifier.