The teasing is finally over as Subaru has finally taken the wraps off its largest vehicle. It has recently introduced the final production version of the 2019 Subaru Ascent large SUV – including its specs and capabilities -- at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. This family-focused SUV offers a great balance between styling and versatility, while offering high levels of technology and safety.
Featuring three rows of seating for up to eight occupants, the new 2019 Subaru Ascent is underpinned by a strengthened and extended version of the Subaru Global Platform. Extensively employing high-strength steel, 2019 Subaru Ascent was built with particular focus on durability and rigidity as well as vibration resistance to provide a quiet interior and outstanding driving experience. To be built in Indiana, the new 2019 Ascent will arrive in early summer 2018 and will be available in four trim lines: base, Premium, Limited and Touring.
The assertive exterior design of the new Ascent is heavily influenced by Subaru’s “Dynamic x Solid” design philosophy. As expected, the new Ascent SUV looks similar to the Ascent SUV Concept unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show in April. At the best, the final production model is much like a toned down version of the concept, which is more muscular and more aggressive in nature. As shown, the new Ascent dons the Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille and C-shaped headlights as well as prominent wheel arches -- highlighting the brand’s Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive -- flowing into a horizontal character line. The new Ascent also features flared lower sills, as well as lower side and wheel arch cladding.
In terms of exterior dimensions, the new Subaru Ascent measures 196.8 inches in length, 76.0 inches in width (85.7 inches with mirrors and 86.1 inches with turn signal mirrors) and 71.6 inches in height. It also has a wheelbase of 113.8 inches and a ground clearance of 8.7 inches. These exterior measurements give way to generous interior dimensions. The new Ascent offers 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume with up to nine unique seating configurations and two rows of 60/40 split flat-folding seats (second and third), as well as 19.6 cu. ft. of cargo volume when the second and third rows are up. When the third row is folded, the cargo volume rises to 44.2 cu. ft., and when both the second and third rows are folded, the Ascent could accommodate up to 72.6 cu. ft. of cargo. Furthermore, the new Ascent offers an underfloor storage.
The versatility of the Ascent is also apparent in the fact that it has wide rear door openings, low entrance point and steep C-pillar angles – all allowing easier access to the second and third rows. As standard, the Ascent is fitted with roof rails.
Meanwhile, the new Ascent is offered with the latest Subaru Starlink multimedia systems featuring a multi-touchscreen with smartphone integration, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, as well as SiriusXM services rear vision camera. Provided as standard is a 6.5-inch Multimedia System while 8-inch Multimedia Plus and 8-inch Multimedia Navigation systems are offered on higher trim levels. Also available is in-car Wi-Fi connectivity offering high-speed LTE communications.
Serving as the core of the new Subaru Ascent SUV is the all-new 2.4-liter four-liter Boxer engine that employs twin-scroll turbocharger and an intercooler to deliver 260 hp of max output at 5,600 rpm 277 lb.-ft. of peak torque available between 2,000 rpm and 4,800. Power in all models is sent to the wheels through a Lineartronic CVT that features an eight-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters. This capability is supported by the standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 18- inch wheels and four-wheel independent suspension. Further supporting elements include Hill Descent Control, Trailer Stability Assist and Active Torque Vectoring.
As standard, the new 2019 Ascent is loaded with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology that includes a number of assistive systems like Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, as well as Pre-Collision Throttle Management, and EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM). Available systems include Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Steering Responsive Headlights (standard on Limited and Touring models) and High Beam Assist as well as Reverse Automatic Braking a Safety Plus package (upgradeable to Safety Plus & Security Plus package).