Subaru’s new three-row Ascent options customary all-wheel-drive and a brand new turbocharged powerplant.
Subaru provides a supersized choice to its lineup with the debut of the 2019 Subaru Ascent, a big, three-row SUV that, in response to the automaker, is its largest car but. The brand new mannequin debuted tonight on the eve of the 2017 LA Auto Present.
The Ascent rides on a scaled-up model of Subie’s new world platform which additionally underpins the most recent generations of the Impreza and Crosstrek. It is obtainable in both seven or eight-seater configurations, relying on whether or not one opts for the Captain’s chairs or the bench seats on the third row.
Powering this family-sized Subaru is a brand new 2.Four-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making an affordable 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system with X-Mode is customary together with a “high-torque” model of the Lineartronic repeatedly variable transmission.
Correctly geared up, the Ascent can tow as much as a 5,000-pound payload. Not into towing? Nicely, there’s nonetheless loads of room for cargo inside with versatile fold-flat seats or for stowage up high with the usual roof rails.
Within the dashboard, you will discover what seems to be the identical StarLink infotainment system discovered on the Crosstrek with customary Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and StarLink Apps connectivity. Moreover, the Ascent can even boast a brand new 4G LTE-powered WiFi hotspot performance.
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G LTE-powered WiFi spherical out a promising dashboard tech suite.
Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross visitors alert can be optionally available options. Nonetheless, probably the most attention-grabbing tidbit from the revealing (nicely, in addition to the awkward speaking canine) is that Subaru is making its EyeSight driver help expertise customary on the 2019 Ascent. Meaning adaptive cruise management, lane preserving help, automated pre-collision braking and extra are all included within the beginning worth.
For now, that beginning worth has been acknowledged at a imprecise “low 30 thousand” vary, however we count on the quantity to get extra particular as we strategy early 2018, when the Ascent arrives to problem the likes of Toyota’s Highlander, Honda’s Pilot and the brand new three-row Volkswagen Atlas.