SUVs are quite in demand nowadays. Subaru brand lovers were waiting for an SUV after stopping production of Subaru Tribeca in 2014. The Subaru team has not disappointed their customer, they are bringing the new 2018 Subaru Ascent while quoting that it would be the biggest Subaru vehicle. This new variant is adapting the Subaru’s cutting edge configuration signs and applying them to a more conventional frame. There were many speculations regarding the name of this new model by Subaru, some proposed Ventura or Cypress, however finally it was given the name Subaru Ascent 7.
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2018 Subaru Ascent Exterior
The new 2018 Ascent seems to have a designing frame similar to Viziv 7, another Concept car by Subaru and supposed to be designed on Subaru Global Platform. The high-quality steel and light weighted aluminum structure will provide fuel proficiency along with enhanced execution and handling. The SUV has a wide hexagonal grille and cleared back LED headlights just like the Subaru Legacy. The rear also features LED taillights and dual exhaust pipes. The roof racks on top of the roof give it a more outdoor-friendly look. The new Ascent is somewhat longer than Chevy Tahoe, with a wheelbase of 117.7 inches and the overall length of 204.7 inches. These dimensions make the new Subaru Ascent similar to Ford Explorer and Buick Enclave. It is expected to run on 20 inches 10 spoke alloy wheels.
Subaru Ascent 2018 Interior
The 2018 Ascent was spotted outside on streets in camouflaged color paint, so the features were not very clear. As mentioned earlier, it will be a bigger car, so you can expect a spacious cabin. This new model will have seven seats in three rows with three push structure of the seat. The passengers can enjoy ample leg and headroom space. It is expected to have an upgraded infotainment system and wide touch screen to display the driving statistics and other information. The SUV will have a CD/MP3/MP4 player along with USB port interface. The smart navigation system will also be installed to guide the drivers. It is assumed that the new Ascent will pull out the dual screen console and steering wheel from the Impreza.
Safety and Smart Features
The safety and other upgraded features are not disclosed by Subaru yet. However, the following safety and smart features will come standard with this new Subaru Ascent.
• Airbags and seatbelts
• Blind spot monitoring system
• Backstopping sensors
• Smartphone Integration
• Bluetooth sound connectivity
• Automatic climate control
• AM/FM satellite radio
The engine configuration for this new variant is still not known. However, we can see the possibilities of what would be fixing under the hood of new Subaru Ascent 2018. The first one is an engine from Forester 2.0XT, which is a 2.0 liter flat four engine with 250 horsepower and 258-pound feet of torque. Another option is an engine used in Subaru Legacy and in Outback, a flat six 3.6 liter engine, which is able to generate around 300 horsepower and torque of 300-pound feet. One more engine used on Ascent concept will probably go in production, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, hope we will see it on this year LA car show in December. The hybrid system is another possibility from Subaru. The engine will be mated with six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard whereas all wheel drive would be optional.
Price and Release Date
The new 2018 Subaru Ascent is expected to be debuted at the New York Auto Show in April 2017. The SUV will be released for sale at the beginning of 2018 with expected price ranges between $30,000 to $ 35,000.
Till date, it is expected that the new Subaru will come with left-hand-drive configuration and will be sold in American markets only.
2018 Subaru Ascent photos