The Subaru carmaker has finally made its newest three-row SUV which is set to hit the market as 2019 model year. The 2019 Subaru Ascent represents the largest crossover made by the Japanese manufacturer and it is going to be available in North America only, at least for now. As well, it is made in the Lafayette, Indiana. This mid-size SUV will be inspired by the Subaru Outback and will borrow many styling details from this model. It will also share similar proportions and body shape but it is will get larger grille, and larger and taller front fascia. The Ascent’s main competitors will be Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. However, in the terms of proportions, the Subaru will be slightly shorter than the Explorer but longer than the Pilot and Highlander.
The interior of the brand-new Ascent primarily focuses on family. It has three rows of seats and it can welcome up to eight passengers. However, it comes with standard second-row bench but it can be changed for captain’s chairs in the higher trim levels for free. The Ascent comes in four trim levels and those are the base, Premium, Limited, and Touring models.
The base model is very well equipped and the higher trim levels get more quality materials and more features for better comfort and premium feel. Under the hood, the 2019 Subaru Ascent will feature a new 4-cylinder turbo engine which will work with a CVT. As well, it will come with standard AWD, just like almost every model in the brand’s lineup, and will provide the ground clearance of 8.7 inches. So, the new Subaru crossover will also provide the mild off-road capabilities.
Although the Ascent is still not officially rated in the safety department, the carmaker has equipped it with the latest safety features and many of them are standard. Of course, it will be offered with a host of optional advanced equipment.
Engine and performances of the 2019 Subaru Ascent
The upcoming 2019 Subaru Ascent will provide an even and comfortable ride, good road manners, and solid fuel efficiency. It will be powered by the new engine and it is a 2.4-liter flat-4 turbo engine. This drivetrain will be able to make 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. It will be coupled to a continuously variable transmission. The all-wheel drive system will be standard in all the trim levels.
Speaking of the acceleration, the carmaker says that it will be able to reach 60 mph in about 7.4 seconds. Its towing capacity will be limited to around 5,000 pounds. As for the fuel economy, the base model gets 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. In the Limited and Touring models, it is rated at 20/26/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Platform and exterior design
The 2019 Subaru Ascent will be underpinned with the Subaru Global Platform which was first used in the fifth generation of the Impreza model. And at some point, it will be used in every model in the brand’s lineup. Thanks to this new platform, the suspension system will be improved. So, this will provide much better handling, stability, the vibration and the noise will be significantly lower.
Visually, the 2019 Subaru Ascent is the all-new on the market but it will be instantly recognizable since it will share many styling cues with the Subaru Outback. However, compared to the Outback, the Ascent will feature more traditional SUV shape. Moreover, it will also receive a larger and taller front fascia and there will be bigger grille. The new Subaru will ride on the standard 18-inch wheels while the larger 20-inch ones will be offered also.
Design of the cabin and equipment
The cabin of the 2019 Subaru Ascent is very spacious and ideal for large families since it comes with standard three-row seating configuration. The front seats are comfortable and supportive while the second and the third row is average. Behind the third row, there is a space of 17.8 cubic feet. However, with the third row folded, the Ascent gives a space of 47.5 cubes. Furthermore, the Subaru offers even 19 cup holders. The dashboard features a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen for infotainment and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, the Premium trim level adds a larger 8.0-inch screen.
The base equipment includes cloth upholstery, four USB ports, power features, three-zone climate control, and Bluetooth. The Touring version offers woodgrain trim, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and a forward-facing camera. Moving to the Premium trim level, there are also leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, blind-spot monitors, and Subaru’s telematics. As well, the keyless ignition, a power liftgate, and rear automatic emergency braking are also available.
Release date and price of the 2019 Subaru Ascent
The 2019 Subaru Ascent should go on sale this summer. Its starting price will be around $32,000 while the higher trims will go up to $45,000.