Subaru Ascent

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Subaru Ascent
2019 Subaru Ascent front 12.29.18.jpg
2019 Subaru Ascent Touring
Overview
ManufacturerSubaru
Also calledSubaru Evoltis[1]
Production2017–present
Model years2018–present (North America)
AssemblyUnited States: Lafayette, Indiana (SIA)
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size crossover SUV[2]
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, all-wheel-drive
PlatformSubaru Global Platform
RelatedSubaru Legacy (BW)
Subaru Outback (BT)
Powertrain
Engine2.4 L FA24F turbo H4 (gasoline)
Power output260 hp (194 kW; 264 PS)
TransmissionTR690 Lineartronic CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase113.8 in (2,891 mm)[3]
Length196.8 in (4,999 mm)[3]
Width76.0 in (1,930 mm)
Height71.6 in (1,819 mm)[3]
Curb weight4,430–4,603 lb (2,009–2,088 kg)
Chronology
PredecessorSubaru Tribeca

The Subaru Ascent is a three-row mid-size crossover SUV made by Subaru.[4] It is the largest automobile Subaru manufactures.[5] The seven- or eight-seat passenger SUV, with the design based on the VIZIV-7 concept, made its debut at the LA Auto Show on November 28, 2017. The Ascent became available in the third quarter of 2018.[6] Like its American-built predecessor the Tribeca, the Ascent is not sold in Japan.

History[edit]

Rear view

The Ascent was originally introduced as a concept car at the 2017 New York International Auto Show in April, where it was also announced that Subaru would be producing the vehicle at its Lafayette, Indiana Subaru of Indiana Assembly Plant.[7] Production began in late 2017 alongside the current Subaru Impreza.[8] It was to be the flagship Subaru vehicle in North America, and replace the Subaru Tribeca (previously the B9 Tribeca), which was discontinued after the 2014 model year. Subaru Japan had their own three-row crossover called the Subaru Exiga that was available from 2008 until its discontinuation in 2018. In terms of exterior design, it was akin to a 3-row Outback as is the Ascent to the Forester.

The first spy photographs of Subaru Ascent development mules surfaced in late summer 2016.[9] Although the Ascent was again spotted testing in 2017 with an expected mid-2017 on-market date,[10] the current expected on-sale date was early summer 2018.[11]

Subaru initially announced that the Ascent would be sold in the Philippines in 2020 as the Subaru Evoltis.[12] But its release was delayed numerous times owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Evoltis would finally be introduced in the Philippines in May 2021.[13] Only the Touring model is the only one available.

The Evoltis name is also used in Israel and several South American markets.[14][15][16]

Stop-sale recall[edit]

In August 2018, Subaru recalled (at least) 293 vehicles that were thought to have faulty spot welds. Due to the complexity of fixing such a problem, the company said it would instead provide owners with new vehicles. Most were still in dealer inventory; only nine had been sold.[17] However, after physical inspection all 293 vehicles were correctly welded and cleared for service.[18]

Design[edit]

The production Ascent is a seven- or eight-passenger, mid-size sport utility vehicle. The all-new Ascent is built on the Subaru Global Architecture (SGA) Platform, which previously underpinned only the fifth-generation Subaru Impreza. Powering the Ascent is a 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder (H4) gasoline engine, which produces 260 horsepower (190 kW) and 277 pound-feet (376 N⋅m) of torque. All Ascent models feature all-wheel-drive with "X-Mode" as standard equipment, as well as Subaru EyeSight driver assistance technologies.[3] The U.S. starting base price is $31,995, ranging up to $44,695 for the Touring trim level.[3][19]

With both rows of rear seats folded down, the Ascent has a total cargo capacity of 86.5 cubic feet (2.45 m3),[11] and 153.5 cubic feet (4.35 m3) of total passenger volume. Ground clearance is 8.7 inches (220 mm). There are a total of nineteen cup holders in the vehicle.[3]

Models[edit]

The Ascent is the base trim level. Standard features include standard Symmetrical All Wheel Drive, standard EyeSight driver assistance technologies, eight-passenger seating, raised roof rails, cloth seating surfaces, STARLINK multimedia, three-zone climate control system, and a 260-horsepower (190 kW), 2.4-liter Turbocharged Boxer Flat Four-Cylinder (H4) gasoline engine.

The Ascent Premium is the mid-level trim of the Ascent. It adds a choice of either seven or eight-passenger seating by deleting the second-row bench seat in favor of individual captain's chairs,[11] a 5,000-pound (2,300 kg) maximum towing capacity, STARLINK safety and security features with mobile Wi-Fi capabilities, spill-resistant cloth seating surfaces, blind spot detection (BLIS) with rear cross-path detection, and the All-Weather Package with heated front seats. Optional features include; a power rear liftgate, keyless access with push button start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, as well as reverse emergency braking under a "Convenience Package". The "Sport Package", which in addition to the features included in the "Convenience Package", adds 20 inch wheels, a panoramic moonroof, navigation, and a cargo area cover, can also be had on the Premium. Either package can be had with either seven or eight-passenger seating.[20]

The Ascent Limited is the "luxury" trim level of the Ascent. It adds leather-trimmed upholstery, 20-inch (51 cm) aluminum-alloy wheels, keyless access with push-button start, adaptive front headlamps, reverse automatic braking, and a power rear tailgate.[21] Optional on the Ascent Limited is a "Technology Package" which adds a Harmon-Kardon premium audio system, panoramic moonroof, navigation, and a cargo area cover.

The Ascent Touring is the top-of-the-line Ascent trim level. It adds Java Brown leather-trimmed seating surfaces, second-row captain's chairs with seven-passenger seating, heated and ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, a panoramic power moonroof, and a Harman Kardon premium audio system with 14 speakers and 792 watts of total power.

Model Year Changes[edit]

  • 2020: A new rear seat reminder is made standard across the Ascent lineup, the Premium trim and above gets a one-touch lighting system to turn all the interior lights on or off, the optional rear power liftgate gets a "vehicle lock" button, and new power folding exterior side mirrors are made standard on the top Touring trim.[22]
  • 2021: Steering-responsive LED headlights with automatic high beams are made standard on all trim levels. They were previously only standard on the Limited and Touring and were not offered on the lower trim levels. Tungsten Metallic was replaced by Brilliant Bronze Metallic, the adaptive cruise control was also updated, with lane centering assist instead of the previous lane keep assist. Touring models also got a new interior color (slate black) which gave a second interior color choice on the Touring trim which was previously only offered in java brown. New self registering TPMS sensors were made standard as well as the second and third row seats receiving seat-belt reminders.[23]

Engine[edit]

Engine

The Ascent features a newly developed FA24 engine.[24] The turbocharged direct injection flat-four engine has a 94 mm × 86 mm (3.7 in × 3.4 in) bore × stroke for a total displacement of 2,387 cc (145.7 cu in) with a 10.6:1 compression ratio. The cylinder block and heads are made of aluminum alloy, and the heads each have twin overhead camshafts driven by a timing chain. Peak power is 260 hp (190 kW) at 5,600 rpm, and peak torque of 277 lb⋅ft (376 N⋅m) is achieved between 2,000 and 4,800 rpm.[25]

Features[edit]

The all-new Ascent introduced new technologies that were not currently available in other Subaru models, such as optional mobile Wi-Fi capabilities, and standard EyeSight driver assistance technologies (the system is currently available as an option on other Subaru models).[3]

A suite of new STARLINK infotainment systems, first introduced on the 2017 Subaru Impreza, is available on the Ascent. The base system features a seven-inch color touch screen display, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Available features include integrated GPS navigation provided by TomTom, and an eight-inch color touch screen display.[3]

Reception[edit]

Regarding their experience performing preliminary testing of a development prototype, Motor Trend wrote that mid-range power seemed a bit limited when passing at cruising speed, likely because Subaru have aimed for best-in-class fuel economy for the upcoming Ascent. They also observed the ride was well-damped and the interior was quiet.[26]

The follow up Motor Trend article stated that the "2.4-liter turbocharged boxer-four proves surprisingly satisfying" and that "the Ascent provides enough motivation for merging onto the highway or passing other vehicles."[27]

Consumer Reports deemed it "the right vehicle for many suburban families".[28]

Preorders surpassed expectations.[29]

Safety[edit]

Moderate-overlap crash test of a 2019 Subaru Ascent performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The 2021 Ascent is currently holding the 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

IIHS scores: 2021 Subaru Ascent[30]
Small overlap front (driver) Good
Small overlap front (passenger) Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle Superior
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian Superior
Headlights Good (all trims)
Child seat anchors (latch) ease of use Good+ (extra LATCH positions)

Sales[edit]

Subaru Ascent sales in the US, 2018–present
YearSales±%
2018 36,211—    
2019 81,958+126.3%
2020 67,623−17.5%
Source: "Subaru U.S. Media Center".

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