The 2019 Subaru Ascent has just been unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show today (or tonight in their case in Los Angeles). The largest Subaru ever made can carry up to eight passengers in comfort, and you can expect Subaru’s wacky engineering techniques to be felt in this midsize crossover SUV.
The Subaru Ascent has been previewed by the Ascent concept last April, and if any, the design somehow mimics the concept, like as if the concept looked radical anyway. It rides in the brand’s new Subaru Global Platform, which is a scalable architecture that first debuted in the all-new Impreza and XV. Meanwhile, the body that uses this platform utilizes Subaru’s latest evolution of its Dynamic x Solid design language. C-shaped LED daytime running lights wrap around the LED headlights, a hexagonal front grille butches up its looks, and the side profile looks clean, with slightly flared wheel arches, and nothing much else going on. It’s a clean design that, while conservative, looks handsome enough, and will surely age very well. Entry level models have 18-inch alloy wheels, while 20-inch alloy wheels are reserved for the top trim models.
The interior is decidedly more premium than past Subarus, a trend that started in the new Impreza that was released this year. There are loads of soft touch materials, leather, faux wood trim, and stitched details that make this the most premium Subaru interior to date. The interior can be configured to have a second row bench seat that makes it an eight seater, or second row captains chairs that make it a seven seater SUV. Depending on the trim level, the Subaru Ascent can either be had with either Subaru’s Starlink infotainment in 6-inches or 8-inches in size, and a choice between fabric or leather seats. Other options depending on trim level include a superior sounding 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, panoramic sunroof, passive entry with push button start, and satin silver exterior trimmings instead of chrome.
Powering the Subaru Ascent is a single powertrain choice. It’s a 2.4 liter boxer engine with direct injection and twin scroll turbocharging. It produces 260 hp and 375 Nm of torque sent through Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system via Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT.
As always, a Subaru is also known for its generous safety equipment. Standard on all variants is a plethora of airbags, rear view camera, traction control, and Subaru’s EyeSight suite of active safety systems, which has automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist as standard. Optional advanced safety gear depending on trim level includes Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert with automatic rear braking.
No word yet when will the Subaru Ascent will reach Philippine shores.