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2019 Subaru Ascent Looks Underwhelming In The Flesh And That’s Probably Great For Sales 29
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LA Auto Show, new cars, Subaru, Subaru Ascent on 11 29th, 2017

The new Subaru Ascent has landed in Los Angeles, ready to pick a fight with the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Chevrolet Traverse, among others.

However, until it proves itself worthy of challenging other three-row SUV across North America, it’s trying to get the attention of potential buyers in this highly-competitive segment with a very civilized (others would say boring) exterior design, and a versatile cabin that can carry up to eight passengers.

You can bash Subaru all you want for its timid design efforts, but you can’t deny that they know what their core audience wants, as proved by their sales momentum with 71 straight months of increased deliveries in the States.

The devil, as they say, is in the details, as where the ill-fated Tribeca failed (space), the new Ascent more than makes up for it. At 196.8in (499.9cm) long, 76in (193cm) wide, and with a wheelbase of 113.8in (289.1cm), this is the largest Subaru ever. It builds upon the Ascent Concept shown this year in New York, which, in turn, is derived from the 2016’s Viziv-7 study, and beneath its new sheet metal lies a modified version of the company’s modular vehicle platform.

By the time it arrives at dealers next summer, American customers will get to choose between one of four trim levels. Each one is well equipped, even the base model, which comes with features such as infotainment system, smartphone connectivity, three-zone automatic climate control, and automatic emergency braking.

However, regardless of their selection, they will have to settle for the 360hp and 277lb-ft (376Nm) of torque 2.4-liter Boxer engine, with twin-scroll turbo and a CVT.


New 2019 Ascent Is Subaru’s Largest SUV Yet, Goes After Honda Pilot 29
Posted by Brad Anderson in featured, LA Auto Show, new cars, Subaru, Subaru Ascent, Subaru Videos, Top 5, video on 11 29th, 2017

The all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent has just been unveiled on the eve of the LA Auto Show. As the largest Subaru ever with seating for up to eight people, it promises exceptional versatility and comes laden with a host of noteworthy features.

Subaru first previewed the Ascent as a concept in April and for the most part, the design of the production model is free of any significant changes. As such, the SUV adopts the automaker’s ‘Dynamic x Solid’ design philosophy and utilizes a hexagonal front grille with C-shaped headlights designed to mimic the look of pistons moving inside a boxer engine.

Sitting at the heart of the new three-row SUV is an all-new 2.4-liter boxer engine featuring direct fuel injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger. It delivers 260 hp at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque between 2,000 and 4,800 rpm. All models come complete with a CVT transmission featuring an 8-speed manual mode. The Ascent can tow up to 5,000 lbs and cover in excess of 500 miles on a single tank.

As standard, the 2019 Ascent boasts a second-row bench seat and can carry eight passengers. If customers don’t need so many seats, different configurations are available, including a second-row captain’s chair on select trim levels.

Speaking of trim levels, the 2019 Ascent will be sold in Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring configurations. The base model includes important features like Subaru’s EyeSight system with automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist, a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 18-inch wheels, raised roof rails, three-zone automatic climate control and Auto Vehicle Hold, a feature that holds the Ascent in place without the need for the brake pedal to be depressed.

Moving up in the range, the Premium trim adds Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, WiFi, heated exterior mirrors, Reverse Automatic Braking and more. As for the Limited, it adds leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels, all season tires, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, among other touches.

Last but not least is the Touring, outfitted with satin silver wing mirrors, chrome trimmings, and a luxurious interior that includes a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Sales of the 2019 Subaru Ascent will start in early summer 2018 with prices starting in the low-$30,000 range.

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Watch The 2019 Subaru Ascent Unveiling Live 29
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, new cars, Subaru, Subaru Ascent on 11 29th, 2017

Subaru has a checkered past with three-row crossovers but that hasn’t stopped the automaker from unveiling the 2019 Ascent at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Effectively a replacement for the Tribeca, the Ascent was previewed by a concept at the New York Auto Show and it adopts a more conventional design than its slow-selling predecessor.

The model sort of resembles an Outback XL and this likely wasn’t an accident as Carsalesbase data shows the company sold 182,898 Outbacks in the United States last year. To put those figures into perspective, Subaru only sold 65,306 Legacy models.

We’ll have full details shortly but the Ascent will be built at the company’s plant in Indiana and ride on the automaker’s global platform. The model is expected to measure 198.8 inches (5,049 mm) long, 78.3 inches (1,989 mm) wide, and 72.4 inches (1,839 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 117 inches (2,972 mm).

Rumors have suggested the crossover will be powered by a new turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces around 300 hp (223 kW). Of course, we’ll find out the final specifications soon enough.

If the livestream isn’t working, you can watch the unveiling here


2019 Subaru Ascent: First Photo Of The Production 7-Seater SUV 29
Posted by John Halas in LA Auto Show, new cars, Subaru, Subaru Ascent on 11 29th, 2017

Subaru is getting back to the three-row crossover segment with the Ascent and this is our first unobstructed view of the production model.

We’ll remind you that the 2019 Subaru Ascent is scheduled for a world premiere at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Sent to us by one of our readers, Justin, the screenshot was apparently taken from Subaru’s website (we haven’t found the page yet).

Having learned a (hard) lesson from its previous effort to create a 7-seater in the form of the B9 Tribeca, produced from 2005 through 2014, Subaru has created a true mid-size SUV this time, both in size and styling.

There are no surprises when it comes to the Ascent’s design, as it was previewed by a near-production ready concept in New York earlier this year. Of course, the consumer model drops some of the study’s fancier embellishments like the headlamps, door mirrors and chunky wheels for more digestible details. The end result is something that should appeal to your typical Subaru as well as mid-size SUV buyer – we’ll let you decide if that’s a good or bad thing. 

We expect the production car to keep close to the concept’s footprint at 198.8 inches (5,049 mm) long, 78.3 inches (1,989 mm) wide, and 72.4 inches (1,839 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 117 inches (2,972 mm).

Based on Subaru’s new global platform, the Aascent is rumored to be powered by a new turbocharged direct-injection boxer engine, but we’ll know for sure tomorrow.

Aside from the crossover’s looks, the screenshot also informs us that the Ascent comes with a 5,000-pound towing capacity which is the “most towing capacity of any Subaru vehicle ever, along with an available Class III trailer hitch and wide selection of Thule racking accessories”.

Many thanks to Justin for the tip!

All-New 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Drops Second Teaser Ahead Of LA Debut 21
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in LA Auto Show, new cars, Subaru, Subaru Ascent on 11 21st, 2017

Subaru will unveil their 2019 Ascent three-row SUV at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show next Tuesday, on November 28.

Dubbed the first full three-row SUV from Subaru, according to the Japanese automaker, the Ascent is “family-sized, versatile and capable.” In a way, it’s also the spiritual successor to the Tribeca.

Of course, the best comparison you could make would be with the Ascent Concept, unveiled earlier this year in NY. The concept itself was based on a previous design study, called the Viziv-7, and featured flared fenders and a large bluff grille in front.

We’re happy to tell you that those flared fenders are definitely there on the final product as well, judging by what we can see in this latest teaser image. Also, the headlights seem a tiny bit smaller than on the concept, but their overall design is similar.

If the production model will be the same size as the Ascent Concept, it will measure 198.8 inches (5,049 mm) in length, 78.3 inches (1,989 mm) in width and 72.4 inches (1,839 mm) in height – making it almost as large as a Chevrolet Traverse.

2019 Subaru Ascent Teased For LA Auto Show 14
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, Subaru, Subaru Ascent on 11 14th, 2017

The Los Angeles Auto Show is less than two weeks away and Subaru has announced plans to introduce the 2019 Ascent at this year’s event.

Set to become the spiritual successor to the slow-selling Tribeca, the crossover was previewed by a concept at the New York Auto Show earlier this year.

Unfortunately, the teaser image doesn’t reveal much about the production model as it only shows the crossover will have an upright tailgate, a black rear bumper, and wraparound taillights. We can also see brushed aluminum trim and a small Ascent badge.

Subaru has been relatively tight-lipped about the model but it will be a three-row crossover that is based on the company’s global platform. The Ascent will be built in Indiana and the concept implied the model will measure 198.8 inches (5,049 mm) long, 78.3 inches (1,989 mm) wide, and 72.4 inches (1,839 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 117 inches (2,972 mm). If those numbers hold up, the Ascent would slot in between the GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse.

Performance specifications remain unconfirmed but the model is expected to use a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces around 300 hp (223 kW). Given that is a crossover and a Subaru, all-wheel drive will obviously be part of the package.

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Future Cars: Subaru’s 2018 Ascent Into 3-Row SUV Territory 29
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, Scoops, Subaru, Subaru Ascent, Subaru Scoops on 04 29th, 2017

Remember the original Subaru Tribeca SUV? Gosh, it was an odd-looking thing with front-end styling that resembled a flying urinal on wheels. It was a design miss-step from a largely conservative company.
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