2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness shows off its wild clearance


Not too long ago, Subaru revealed the 3rd-gen 2024 Crosstrek—which boasted fresh looks, stiffer chassis and an improved list of onboard features. Joining the lineup now is the Crosstrek Wilderness, priced at $31,995, which slots it above the Crosstrek Limited trim.

At first glance, the Crosstrek Wilderness might look the same as the Crosstrek Sport, but the former sports even more butch looks with extra plastic cladding throughout. The 17-inch matt black wheels are also model-specific and are wrapped with Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tyres. But as you probably know, the Crosstrek Wilderness is not just about butch looks.

It also gets a model-specific raised suspension setup that contributes to the Wilderness’ 9.3-inch ground clearance—which is more than a half-inch increase over the other Crosstrek models. Longer coil springs and shock absorbers offer extra ground clearance, while special tuning helps maintain dynamic performance, the company said in an official release.

The approach angle is increased from 18.0 degrees in other Crosstrek models to 20.0 degrees on the Wilderness; 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.

Since the Crosstrek Wilderness is a high-riding model of the lineup—literally, it gets all the bells and whistles including a 11.6-inch portrait-style Starlink touchscreen; wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity; SiriusXM Radio; SiriusXM Travel Link (4-month free Platinum Plan), and more. A power moonroof; a 10-way power driver seat with 2-way lumbar support; and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system remain optional extras (a package of $2,270).

The seats of the Crosstrek Wilderness are upholstered in water-resistant Subaru StarTex material, with a Subaru Wilderness logo embossed on the front headrests. Anodized copper-finish accents and copper contrast stitching can also be noticed.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the Crosstrek Wilderness packs a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder Boxer (flat-four) petrol engine with 136 kW (182 bhp/185 metric hp) and 241 Nm (178 lb-ft), coupled with a CVT and an all-wheel-drive system. The roll-angle indicator—part of the X-Mode system—should help the driver judge potentially hazardous situations.

When the X-Mode is activated, Low Speed/Low Ratio Gradient Control is automatically put on standby to sense when the vehicle is on a steep incline at low speed. When it does, the system calibrates the CVT to its lowest ratio (4.066:1). Combined with the Wilderness’ lower differential ratios, the system also enhances rough off-pavement, low-speed drivability over rocks and other situations that require repeated on/off accelerator usage, the company added.

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