Subaru’s new three-row crossover SUV has finally arrived. Since the discontinuation of the Tribeca, Subaru hasn’t had the family-focused SUV. The new 2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater is brand’s largest model ever and the heaviest and most expressive as well. The model offers the seven- and eight-seat configurations and competes in the crowded, midsize segment with models like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Mazda CX-9, GMC Acadia, VW Atlas, etc.
The supersized Subaru rides on brand’s global platform and exploits new turbocharged engine which we should expect in more Subaru’s models soon. The Ascent is also equipped with the latest tech and standard active safety systems. The base, Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels will be available.
2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater: Design
The Subaru Ascent 8 Seater is based on the scalable Subaru Global Platform that debuted on the 2017 Impreza and also underpins the Crosstrek wagon. In this application, however, the platform is longer and wider but stiffer as well in order to support model’s supersize, mass and towing potential. The Ascent rides on the 113.8-inch wheelbase and measures 196.8 inches in length. It has 76 inches in width and 69.9 inches in height.
From the visual perspective, the Ascent is classical Subaru’s vehicle. The front of the model is defined with brand’s familiar, trapezoidal grille with slightly more upright design than on the Outback model. The headlights have hawkish design and come with LEDs in upper versions. The profile has accent lines over the fender flares and the rear has brand’s familiar design.
Interior of the model is spacious and seats up to eight people with 152 cubes of the passenger space. With all seats upright, the model has 19.6 cubes of the cargo room and 44.3 cubes with the third row unused. The max cargo capacity is 72.6 cubic feet.
As for the equipment, Subaru offers the EyeSight active safety hardware by default. The systems included are adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and active lane control. Upgrade to top trims for the blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and reverse automated braking.
All models also include touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto support. The base screen measures 6.5 inches and the upgraded version is 8 inches. The base version will have cloth upholstery, 18-inch wheels, three-zone climate control, etc. Available across the trims will be 20-inch wheels, navigation, premium Harman Kardon sound system, a sunroof, etc.
2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater: Powertrain
The power for the supersized 2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater will be provided by brand’s new turbo-4 engine. A 2.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 produces 260 hp and 277 pound-feet of torque at low 2000 rpm. The continuously variable transmission works in the combination with the new engine and brand’s proven and standard Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.
Equipped with the tow package, the Ascent can tow up to 5, 000 pounds as Subaru claims. The model also has additional cladding around the wheel wells and the ground clearance of 8.7 inches.
2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater: Release, Price
The 2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater will go on sale next summer. The pricing is yet to be announced. Expect, however, the starting point of around $35k and near $50k for the top version.