Subaru Is Making an Off-Road-Ready Forester Wilderness

The rugged crossover will debut on September 2.

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Back in March, we declared Subaru's Outback Wilderness "The Outback version of the Outback" for the off-road capability it brought to a wagon that has long been sold as being more capable than its competitors. Now, it seems that Outback-ification process will take place on the next in line of Subaru's crossovers, the Forester. That car is set to be revealed on September 2.

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A teaser released yesterday shows an unidentified Subaru with the same aggressive widened fenders from the Outback Wilderness traversing a wide variety of rough terrain before closing on a shot of the Wilderness logo. A previous teaser showed the fender of the same car following another Subaru over a rocky obstacle. Both seem to indicate that this car being teased is a Forester, but the choice to expand the line to a second car means the company's Ascent and Crosstrek crossovers could be in line for the same sort of treatment in the near future.

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Upgrades should be in line with what the Outback Wilderness received: A substantial lift, aggressive new bodywork, and all-terrain tires on unique wheels. In total, it should make the larger Forester a more capable crossover in the same way the Outback was brought back ahead of the more off-road-ready wagons on the marketplace with its Wilderness variant.

This new package will likely be pointed squarely at Ford's new Bronco Sport Badlands. In our testing earlier this year, that compact crossover proved more than capable enough to live up to its rugged design and famous name.

Via Car and Driver.

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