The 2021 Subaru Evoltis (aka the Ascent) three-row midsize unibody SUV has been on sale since May 10, 2020. Considering that it competes in the higher-end of the midsize SUV segment with the likes of the Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9, and Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, we were surprised to find out that the first batch of the Evoltis has been completely sold out.
This bit of news was confirmed by none other than Uzzi Asuncion, Marketing Manager of Motor Image Pilipinas. An initial allocation of about 20 units has been brought into the country, and all of them were quickly sold to customers in just about a month. While this may not sound like much relative to cars like the Toyota Vios for instance, one has to remember that the segment the Evoltis competes in is already at the higher-end of the Philippine automotive market.
The Philippines is no stranger from midsize unibody SUVs that were primarily designed for American consumers, with prime examples being the Ford Explorer and also the Honda Pilot. It seems Subaru’s decision to import the Evoltis straight from its Lafayette, Indiana plant in the U.S., has paid off, at least for now. After all, it’s been about ten years since we last saw a Subaru that can seat seven people in comfort.
The arrival of the next batch of Subaru Evoltis units is still unknown at this point. Motor Image Pilipinas did confirm that as of this moment, the next batch is already at the customs just waiting to be processed, so it shouldn’t take long before more units of the Evoltis finally arrive at the dealer.
As a recap, only one fully-loaded variant is being sold in our market priced at P3,480,000 and it’s called the Evoltis Touring. This is also the same fully-loaded Ascent being sold in the United States, which means we’re getting every single bell and whistle from the American model. As with most Subarus nowadays, the Evoltis comes with the brand’s EyeSight suite of advance driver-assist systems, which includes automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, just to name a few.