One of the Subaru’s largest SUV is once again ready to hit the road with its unique design, great performance and spacious interior. It is the new 2018 Subaru Ascent. The Ascent, as to say VIZIV-7 concept has recently been revealed at the New York Auto Show; and the production model is set to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show next fall. What the most important characteristic of this model is that it is going to be a three-row crossover. This is because the Ascent will represent the much needed model in the brand’s lineup since the car maker has lacked a large SUV with very spacious cabin.
Furthermore, the brand new Ascent should get a new turbo Boxer engine under its hood and it will ride on the new platform too. As well, speaking of the tech department, it should receive the latest infotainment system. However, any other specific details are still kept as a secret. After it hits the market sometime next year, the Company expects big sales of this large SUV. Its main competitors on the market will be Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander.
2018 Subaru Ascent powertrain
When it comes to the engine which will power the new 2018 Subaru Ascent, there are not much information since the car maker is still keeping it as a secret. However, if the latest news is true, it should receive a new powertrain under its hood. It should be a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed “Boxer” turbocharged engine with direct injection which was recently developed. The performance is not yet revealed but we assume that it won’t be less than around 280 horses. As for the transmission, it will most likely get a continuously variable transmission. Moreover, it will come standard all-wheel drive configuration.
Design of exterior and interior
The 2018 Subaru Ascent will ride on the redesign version of the Subaru New Global Platform architecture which also underpins the current Impreza and new Crosstrek models. As for the dimensions, the new Subaru will be 198.8 inches long making it one of the Company’s largest vehicles on the road.
When it comes to the exterior, the 2018 Ascent will borrow similar design cues from the brand’s latest models. The front end will feature a trapezoidal grille, massive bumper and a pair of narrow headlamps which will give more aggressive appearance. The rear end will also be nicely sculpted with modern taillights and large bumper. Furthermore, it will ride on large ten-spoke aluminum wheels.
The interior of the 2018 Subaru Ascent will be very spacious. The cabin is able to welcome up to eight passengers in three rows of seats which makes it perfect for large families. Not only that it will represent the Company’s largest vehicle but it will also be one of the most luxurious. The seats will be covered with quality and soft leather. Moreover, we will notice leather trims on the dashboard and doors. The center console will get a large touchscreen with latest Star Link infotainment system. It will also include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Release date and price
The 2018 Subaru Ascent should hit the market sometime during 2018. As for the price, we expect it to be in a range from $32,000 to $50,000.