Further improving its hauling capability is the ladder-type roof rack system. The flexible design allows it to carry various gear, including a roof-top tent. And don’t worry about getting stuck, because there are a few chassis enhancements on deck too. For one, it has a 9.3-inch (236-mm) ground clearance, 0.5+ inches (13 mm) more than the regular Crosstrek versions. The coil springs are longer, and the shock absorbers, which feature longer travel strokes, are responsible for the extra space between its belly and the road. The approach and departure angles were improved, from 18 to 20 degrees, and from 30.1 to 33 degrees respectively. The breakover angle is now at 21.1 degrees, up from 19.7 degrees. Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires were wrapped around the exclusive 17-inch alloys.
On the inside, it features water-resistant upholstery, with the ‘Wilderness’ logo embossed in the front headrests. Copper stitching, anodized copper trim on different parts of the interior, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a few other gizmos are on deck as well. The headliner has a black look, and the trim on the dashboard, doors, and shifter plate is in gunmetal gray. All-weather floor mats are standard, just like the water-resistant cargo tray in the trunk, which is removable. Subaru’s 11.6-inch touchscreen display, with smartphone integration, Bluetooth, and digital radio is part of the offering at no extra cost, just like the wireless charging pad for smartphones. Greeting drivers upon entering the vehicle is the ‘Wilderness’ logo in the meter display at start-up.
There are no surprises under the hood, where the 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness is equipped with the 2.5-liter boxer engine. The mill yanks out 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet (239 Nm) of torque, and it is hooked up to a Lineartronic CVT with improved final drive ratio. Rated at 3,500 lbs (1,588 kg), the maximum towing capacity has more than doubled courtesy of the added transmission oil cooler.
Subaru says the first units will arrive at dealers nationwide this fall, with an MSRP of $31,995, excluding the $1,295 destination and delivery charge. The power moonroof, ten-way adjustable driver’s seat, and Harman Kardon premium audio are part of an option package priced from $2,270. Production will take place at the Lafayette factory, in Indiana.