Subaru is reentering the large crossover segment with the 2019 Ascent. Aptly name, Subaru is banking on the Ascent to generate some healthy new volumes to the brand as it seeks its share of profits from within the large SUV segment.
The 2019 Ascent is based on Subaru’s existing platform that underpins the second-largest model, the Outback. This extended version of the chassis is allowing for seating for seven in what will amount to be Subaru’s largest-ever crossover model. The production version is based upon the Ascent Concept, which was revealed earlier this year in the New York Auto Show.
This vehicle is serving as the brand’s spiritual successor to the B9 Tribeca, which was also a seven-seater but too small in comparison to other large SUV and crossover models. Clearly Subaru learned from the experience as the Ascent is considerably larger than the previous attempt.
The larger model is requiring a new Subaru engine. Likewise, the company is throwing in a new turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer engine that produces 260 hp and 277 pound-feet of torque.
Standard equipment include a 6.5-inch touch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability and four USB ports, while 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity is available on higher-end trims. Top-tier models are also equipped with an eight-inch touch screen.
In addition to the entertainment options, the company is throwing all of its latest active safety features in as well, including the latest version of Subaru EyeSight.
Production of the 2019 Ascent will begin at the company’s Lafayette, Ind. in the second quarter of 2018.