The 2018 Ascent predestined to be Subaru’s largest vehicle when it signs up with the lineup late this year or early next year. With three rows of seating and outside dimensions much like those of the Honda Pilot, the Ford Explorer, and other household haulers, the Ascent is the spiritual– and far less bizarre– follower to the Tribeca that you forgot Subaru sold from 2006 to 2014.
The Ascent will take the cap off the Subaru lineup for owners excited for a more individuals- and stuff-carrying capability than offered by their Forester or Outback wagon. Given that the Tribeca’s demise, these purchasers have had no place to go but to another brand name. Even with those defections, Subaru has actually seen record sales for a number of years running, and now they can perhaps ascend into an Ascent, therefore keeping wind in the company’s sails.
2018 Subaru Ascent Exterior
The Ascent’s outside now is far closer to production spec than the rough test mules we identified last September, and we can see that Subaru will not break any brand-new stylistic ground. The swept-back headlights and hexagonal grille could be pulled directly off the downplayed Outback/Legacy brother or sisters, while the curving peaks over each wheel recall comparable flourishes on the brand-new Impreza. From the beltline up, the Ascent could be misinterpreted for Subaru’s smaller sized and rather upright Forester. The large rear quarter-windows give away the Ascent’s size, however, and need to produce an airy-feeling third-row seat. Added together, these styling elements are consistent with Subaru orthodoxy. The real news here is that the Ascent won’t be odd like the old Tribeca.
2018 Subaru Ascent Engine
Subaru’s most powerful engine is a turbocharged flat-four that encourages the WRX STI. That engine also occurs to be Subaru’s oldest and isn’t really very effective, so count it out for Ascent task. That moves our expectation to the 250-hp 2.0-liter flat-four that powers the Forester 2.0 XT, potentially a variation with more horse power to better move the bigger Ascent. The 3.6-liter flat-six from the Outback and Legacy is another possibility, as is a gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain of some sort. All we understand for certain is that the 2018 Subaru Ascent will feature a continuously variable automated transmission and that all-wheel drive will be basic.
2018 Subaru Ascent Release Date and Price
Look for the 2018 Subaru Ascent to make its debut later this year and for sales to begin soon after, potentially prior to the end of 2017. Prices should start around $30,000 and rise into the mid $40,000 variety, in line with most of today’s nonluxury three-row crossovers.