This week we posted a story about an all-new 2023 Subaru Wilderness truck, and Subaru enthusiasts would buy it. if Subaru of America built one. We’ve read all the reviews and come up with five common features fans want in a new truck. If Subaru is successful, they will come.
No CVT but a 6-speed manual
The number one feature that fans don’t want is an all-new 2023 Subaru truck with a Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT). Many Subaru owners despise the CVT and don’t want it in a Subaru pickup. Of course, it needs a 6-speed manual transmission, and Subaru already has a good one in its Crosstrek subcompact SUV.
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There are two reasons why Subaru keeps the CVT; EyeSight and fuel consumption. Subaru didn’t want to spend the money to make EyeSight compatible with a manual transmission. And Subaru loves the CVT because it improves fuel efficiency.
Bring back the 3.6-liter Boxer but with a turbo
While the turbocharged 2.4-liter FA24 Boxer engine would be a great fit for a new Subaru truck, many fans want a 6-cylinder engine with more power for towing. The current 2.4-liter turbocharged engine in the Outback XT and Ascent family haulers produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Subaru could boost the power of the FA24, but a 3.6-liter Boxer with a turbocharger would be a good option.
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5,000 lb towing capacity
A Subaru truck must have sufficient towing capacity to pull a mid-size trailer. The new pickup is expected to have a towing capacity of at least 5,000 lbs and up to 6,500 lbs.
Standard and Wilderness trim levels
If Subaru offered two trim levels, it would satisfy two types of buyers. The standard Premium trim level would be aimed at those who want a light duty truck powered by the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The Subaru Wilderness trim level for heavy-duty, towing and off-road recreation would come with a new 3.6-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder Boxer producing 300 horsepower.
Make it affordable
The new Subaru truck must be affordable. Loyal Subaru supporters want a truck with a starting MSRP of around $ 29,000 for the Premium trim level. The top-of-the-line Subaru Wilderness truck is said to have a starting price of $ 36,995 and could be fully loaded for just under $ 40,000.
Loyal Subaru fans have spoken and they will buy a new 2023 Subaru Wilderness truck if it comes up with five things. They don’t want a CVT, offer a 6-cylinder engine option; it must have a towing capacity of at least 5,000 lbs, two trim levels and it must be affordable. All five features are achievable. Do you listen to Subaru?
Give us your feedback and let Subaru of America know what you want in a new Subaru Wilderness 2023 truck in the comments below.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in an advisory role to all major automotive brands. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out the Subaru report where it covers all models of the Japanese automaker. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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