2024 Subaru Crosstrek Takes a Walk on the Wilderness SideApril 5, 2023
Just months after its North America debut and only a couple of weeks since our First Drive of the 2024 Crosstrek, Subaru is keeping the momentum going with the unveiling of the Crosstrek Wilderness at this year’s New York International Auto Show (NYIAS).
As the name suggests, the Wilderness takes a vehicle that’s already ready for the great outdoors and gives it even more of an edge. It’s being touted as the “most rugged and trail-capable Crosstrek ever;” a bold claim that the provided spec sheet seems to support.
The headlining features include a revised powertrain driving the Crosstrek’s standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, plus some extra goodies for on- and off-road journeys. The engine is a 2.5-liter BOXER 4-cylinder, producing 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. This should sound familiar, as the “regular” Crosstrek has an available 2.5-liter BOXER putting out effectively the same numbers; however, the Wilderness sets its drivetrain apart thanks to a revised differential gear ratio and a retuned CVT automatic. The final drive ratio is increased from 3.700 to 4.111, aiding in climbing, whereas the transmission’s new tuning optimizes low-speed traction on slippery surfaces. Towing more than doubles, now capable of pulling 3,500 lbs.
As expected, the Wilderness also features upgraded suspension, now standing with a 9.3-inch ground clearance– an increase of .5-inches. The front and rear shocks have longer travel strokes for easier traversal of rough surfaces, and the vehicle’s approach angle has increased 2.0 degrees, now up to 20.0 degrees overall. Departure angle sees a more substantial climb from 30.1 to 33.0 degrees. It all makes contact with the road through Yokohama GEOLANDER all-terrain tires on 17-inch matte black alloy wheels.
Expect some updated trim pieces and interior amenities, like the water-resistant StarTex-upholstered seats with the “Wilderness” moniker embossed in the headrests. The more interesting accoutrement is the standard STARLINK 11.6-inch infotainment system, fully capable of wireless smartphone integration.
After the $1,295 destination charge ($1,445 in Alaska), the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness will start at $33,290. The only option package is for a power moonroof, power driver seat and Harmon Kardon sound system, retailing for $2,270.