2018/2019 Subaru Ascent

 

Introduction

Subaru is the automotive manufacturer that is growing the fastest in the U.S. For instance, in 2009, around 220,000 people in the United States purchased a Subaru, while in 2016, over 615,000 people did.

However, no brand can rest on its laurels, and the families of Subaru owners are growing in size just as quickly as the sales. Up until quite recently, Subaru was known best in the U.S. for its hatchbacks and wagons, yet none of them offered more than five seats.

However, the Subaru Ascent is about to enter the market, giving Subaru owners a new, larger choice. It's an exciting step for Subaru, allowing the manufacturer to reach more customers. If a Subaru owner needs to trade up as their family grows, the option will now be there.

The first unveiling of this exciting model occurred in 2017 at the New York International Auto Show. At that point, it was still in its concept guise. However, in late 2017, it will make its full debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. There are not as yet many details about it and pricing and the precise date of release have still not become public. Announcements will soon be made.

The 2018 Subaru Ascent will go on sale at Lee's Summit Subaru near Independence, Overland Park, and Blue Springs. Get in touch today to discuss it!

A Bigger Subaru

In 2005, Subaru introduced a new 7-seat model - the Tribeca. The Tribeca was discontinued in 2014 because it was just not big enough for those who needed 7 seats. Currently, the largest model that Subaru currently sells seats only 5 people. They don't have anything to compete in the mini-van/SUV space.

Subaru built a concept car named the Viziv-7 that the new Ascent is based on. It was as wide as a Ford F-150 and as long as a Chevrolet Traverse, so Subaru definitely got the 'more space' message this time.

With seating for seven and second-row captain's chairs, the available space will be as good if not greater than competitors like the Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento, and Toyota Highlander and well as newly released models like the VW Atlas.

The new Ascend is expected to have a 117-inch wheelbase, be about 200 inches long, 80 inches wide and 73 inches tall.

The Ascent shares the 2017 Impreza Global Platform chassis which that was designed to accommodate vehicles of different sizes. The exterior design follows Subaru's 'Dynamic X Solid' theme with fender flares and an attractive front grille that lets you know that this is an SUV.

Subaru is moving away from 6-cylinder engines. The current one is only selected 15% of the time in Outback and Legacy models sold. They will use a turbocharged, horizontally opposed direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder "boxer" engine that nearly matches the 6-cylinder in power and offers more torque. Since this is a Subaru (the spiritual home of AWD) the Ascend is expected to have a CVT that routes power through all four wheels.

Currently, Subaru is out testing with comparable models of other automaker's models like the Ford Explorer and the Mazda CX-9 that both offer turbo 4-cylinders.

Apple and Android connectivity will be offered as part of the infotainment system choices.

What is the Subaru Global Platform?

You might wonder what we mean by Subaru's "Global Platform." The concept is simple yet smart. It is a single chassis that is going to form the foundation of all of Subaru's upcoming vehicles. The chassis design is quite adaptable because it can be lengthened or widened as each individual vehicle model requires.

All the expertise that this brand has developed will now be channeled into this one platform so that it can provide quality that exceeds any of its competitors in the market. Rather than using many different good frames, there will be one that is excellent. It will be stronger because it is made of ultra-strong steel. That means better crash protection along with improved gas mileage.

The Ascent for 2018 will be manufactured using this platform at Subaru's Lafayette, Indiana plant, the only plant in the United States. It will have a new direct injection engine that is turbocharged and powerful.

Production

The Subaru Outback, Subaru's best-seller, is manufactured in Lafayette, Indiana, along with the new Impreza generation of vehicles. Now the greatly anticipated Ascent will find its home there also, beginning in early 2018. The permit to enlarge the production facility has already been granted and production is starting.

Toyota used to share the facility with Subaru in order to produce its Camry, but Impreza production has taken over that part of the building, with its sales rising 43 percent through most of 2017. Subaru is definitely on the upswing in the United States.

By the middle of 2018, we will be seeing the Ascent in the dealership showrooms. Official pricing has not yet been announced but all indications are that it should start at around $35,000. For more images, see https://www.subaru-global.com/ms2017/newyork/.

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