Subaru is expected to finally remove the veil off the latest member of its lineup at the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. By then, the public will have a complete look at the production version of the new Subaru Ascent large sports utility vehicle (SUV).
Subaru had first released the Viziv-7 Concept that was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. This concept was a clear signal of Subaru’s plans to offer a large SUV. This was the brand’s answer to the growing clamor for an SUV that is much larger than the Subaru Outback and Forester. The superb response received by the concept egged Subaru to proceed with its plans for a large SUV. Around five months later at the 2017 New York Auto Show, Subaru took the wraps off the Ascent SUV Concept – a toned down version of the Viziv-7 concept. The concept was a blatant confirmation of the arrival of a future three-row SUV that will be named as the Subaru Ascent.
Now, it seems that the Japanese carmaker is all ready to make the public see the largest and newest of its SUV models, the Subaru Ascent. So far, the auto company has released a teaser image that shows the “Ascent” logo, the rear bumper with black plastic cladding and a brushed aluminum sill, as well as the rear light. Subaru hasn’t released full images of its new large SUV, but there have been spy pictures of the Ascent – in fully camouflaged form – circulating through the Internet. Judging from these spy images, the final production form of the Ascent is very much like a toned down version of the concept unveiled in April at New York.
For instance, the hexagonal grille of the production Ascent is smaller and narrower than that of the concept. The production version also won't adopt the prominent headlight design of the concept. As seen from spy images, the front end and flanks of the production Ascent – possibly because of the absence of the powerful fender flares in the April study – seem to be less aggressive than the concept version. The teaser image from Subaru, meanwhile, shows a rear end that is nothing like the one on the Ascent concept. Nonetheless, expectations are still high for Subaru’s three-row SUV.
According to Subaru, the production version of the Subaru Ascent will be underpinned by a modified variant of the Subaru Global Platform that was launched in 2016. As for its dimensions, the new production Ascent is expected to have a size that is more or less the same as the concept model, which measures 198.8 inches in length, 78.3 inches in width and 72.4 inches in height, with a wheelbase measuring 117 inches.
Designed to accommodate up to seven occupants, the new large SUV will be produced at Subaru of Indiana, Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana. It will be sold exclusively in North America in 2018.