At long last Subaru is taking the wraps off its long-awaited new three-row crossover, the 2019 Subaru Ascent.
It’s a history maker for the brand for more than one reason. Not only is it the biggest Subaru ever, it also offers the most towing capacity of any Subaru that’s come before it.
2019 Subaru Ascent
Built on Subaru’s extended version high-strength steel Global Platform, the Ascent comes in four trim choices: Base, Premium, Limited and Touring.
It looks every inch a Subaru and borrows some styling from the Outback. But the larger and taller front end features a bigger grille opening. Roof rails come standard on all trims. It comes with standard with 18- wheels. Higher level trims offer 20-inch wheels with a dark gray machine finish.
The Ascent seats either 7- or 8-passengers and is available bench or captain’s chairs in the second row. It offers 60/40 split flat-folding seats offering up to 72.6 cubic feet of cargo space.
2019 Subaru Ascent Limited
Features include standard reading lights on the second-row, standard three-zone climate control and available ambient cabin lighting. Higher trims also receive leather-trimmed upholstery and sunshades. Heated seats are available as part of the All-Weather Package for Premium models, and a heated steering wheel comes on the top two trims.
Subaru also beefs up connectivity with new standard 4G LTE WIFI.
It’s also not short on cupholders. There are, count ’em, 19 standard cupholders for families that are extra thirsty.
All-New Turbo Engine
Subaru isn’t just dumping any engine into the Ascent. It comes with an all-new turbocharged 260-horsepower BOXER under the hood. Torque is rated 277 pound-feet. It’s mated to a new version of Subaru’s high-torque Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission).
Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system comes standard, along with Active Torque Vectoring, which was first introduced on the WRX and WRX STI performance models.
This powertrain gives the Ascent up to 5,000-lb towing capacity, the biggest towing load of any Subaru in the brand’s history. We’re still waiting on fuel economy numbers, but Subaru touts fuel efficiency with a 500-mile range on a single tank.
2019 Subaru Ascent Touring
Standard Eyesight Safety
We are longtime fans of Eyesight – Subaru’s fantastic suite of safety technology. We’re happy to see that it will come standard on the Ascent.
Eyesight gives you Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, and new EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM) which provides a heads-up display of the EyeSight system warnings as well as system status information on the windshield of the vehicle.
Optional Safety Features
Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available as optional safety features. Reverse Automatic Braking is available as well. It will apply the vehicle’s brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing.
- Touring Trim
- The top-of-the-line Touring comes standard with two new features. One is a Front View Monitor that displays a 180-degree view of the front of the vehicle on the multi-function display. It also comes with technology being introduced on more and more models: a new Smart Rear View Mirror that displays camera views from behind the vehicle.
The Ascent will arrive in dealerships next summer. Pricing is still to be announced.
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