Nearly a year after making its global debut, the facelifted 2023 Subaru Evoltis (called the Ascent in North America) has finally reached the Philippines through the 2023 Manila International Auto Show. Subaru’s flagship three-row SUV has been given a glow up inside and out, along with more tech and safety.
From the outside, the 2023 Subaru Evoltis comes with an updated front fascia that’s characterized by a revised grille with a horizontal chrome strip running across its width. This then extends beyond the grille itself and towards the newly-reshaped LED headlights. There’s also a sportier front bumper that’s characterized by new air ducts at the lower air intakes, as well as new C-shaped LED taillights. Topping it all off is a set of new 20-inch alloy wheel designs, while the side profile and rear end remain largely unchanged.
The interior also sees a number of modest updates, with the most noticeable being the new 11.6-inch portrait Starlink infotainment system replacing the previous 8-inch screen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard, while a new Cabin Connect feature utilizes microphones and the car’s rear speakers to let the front occupants communicate better with the third-row occupants. Other interior features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Harman Kardon sound system, power-adjustable front seats, a panoramic sunroof, as well as heated and cooled front seats.
Powering the 2023 Subaru Evoltis is the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine as before, which means it produces 260 hp and 375 Nm of torque. As with most Subarus, this drives all four wheels via a CVT.
Likewise, as with every Subaru, the new Evoltis comes with the latest EyeSight 4.0 suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). Thanks to the new wide-angle stereo cameras now mounted flushed at the windshield, the system gains a couple of new features, chief of which is a new Automatic Emergency Steering function. In conjunction with the blind spot warning and automatic emergency braking, the system can steer the vehicle out of a collision if it detects that there are no surrounding vehicles.
As with EyeSight 4.0, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane centering, and automatic emergency braking are all part of the ADAS suite.
The 2023 Subaru Evoltis retails for P3,780,000, which now singlehandedly makes it the most expensive midsize three-row unibody SUV in its segment–much more than the Ford Explorer, Mazda Cx-9, and a few other competitors in this space.
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