2019 Subaru Ascent


 

Subaru used to call its 7-passenger flagship the Tribeca, first introduced for the 2006 model year.  The last one rolled off the assembly line in 2014.  Customers asked for more room in the third row, more power, and more utility.  They will soon get it.  Subaru's new flagship bears so little resemblance to the Tribeca that they are changing the name.  The first 2019 Ascent will arrive at Planet in the summer of 2018.  Expect the price to range from the low $30s to the low $40s.  With NINETEEN cupholders and a 500 mile range, plan on stopping to pee more often than you stop for gas. 


2019 Subaru Ascent Highlights:

  • Largest Subaru ever with choice of seven- or eight- passenger configurations
  • Family-sized SUV built for versatility, comfort and safety
  • Designed for excellent interior comfort, passenger access and cargo capacity. 
  • All-new turbocharged 260-hp BOXER® engine
  • Standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
  • 5,000 lb. maximum towing capacity
  • New 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Ascent to be built in Lafayette, IN
  • Release date will be Summer, 2018


 


 




The Ascent is an all-new model and comes with three rows of seating, with available bench or captain's chairs in the second row. The SUV is built on a strengthened and extended version of the Subaru Global Platform with extensive use of high-strength steel. With a focus on durability, rigidity and vibration resistance, the Ascent platform is designed to provide a quiet interior and excellent driving feel. Powered by an all-new 2.4-liter BOXER engine, the Ascent comes standard with a new version of Subaru's high-torque Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission) and legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system- all wrapped in a stylish and rugged design with a commanding presence.


 




The all-new Ascent, with a 113.8-in. wheelbase, is the largest Subaru ever built and is the mobile headquarters for the entire family. With 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, plus ample cargo space, the Ascent provides room for every passenger and their gear. Rear doors open 75 degrees for improved access to the third row. Eight USB charging ports are available throughout the cabin and a 120-volt power outlet based in the rear of the center console allow charging for multiple electronic devices. With 19 standard cup and bottle holders, every passenger's beverage is secure and close at hand.









Standard three- zone automatic climate control ensures all passengers stay comfortable, with large air vents for all three rows. Second row reading lights are standard on all models with third row lights standard on Premium, Limited and Touring. Ambient and footwell lighting is also available throughout the cabin.

The Ascent features available power adjustable front seats with lumbar support and a length adjustment function for the driver seat cushion. Front and second row heated seats are available as part of the All-Weather Package for Premium models, while Limited and Touring trims add a heated steering wheel. Also standard on Touring models are ventilated driver and front passenger seats.













The new Subaru Global Platform integrates new framework with optimized cross sections and highly stiffened joints between structures to significantly enhance straight-line stability, agility, and ride comfort while suppressing noise, vibration and harshness to a degree not seen before in the mid-size SUV class. The Ascent provides a refined, quiet ride thanks to comprehensive soundproofing measures, including an acoustic windshield and front door glass.











The Ascent is the most versatile Subaru ever with up to nine unique seating configurations and two rows of 60/40 split flat-folding seats offering up to 72.6 cubic feet of cargo space. The Ascent comes standard with a second row bench seat, providing room for up to 8 passengers. Premium and above trim levels offer second row captain's chairs as a no-cost option and provide occupants with easier access to the third-row. Wide rear door openings, steep C-pillar angles and low entrance point allow easy access for both second and third row passengers. The standard roof rails allow for a number of accessories for carrying items such as bicycles and kayaks.



Specifications:
  • Standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 18- inch wheels and four-wheel independent suspension.
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance for all models
  • Active Torque Vectoring standard.
  • All-new 2.4-liter BOXER engine that uses a combination of direct fuel injection, high compression (10.6:1), Subaru Dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS), a twin-scroll turbocharger and an intercooler to achieve outstanding performance and high efficiency.
  • 260 horsepower, 277 lb.ft. tprque.
  • 8-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters
  • X-Mode® with Hill Descent Control.
  • 5,000-lb. towing capacity, the most of any Subaru in history. Trailer Stability Assist helps to maintain vehicle stability while towing. The TSA system utilizes yaw sensors to monitor trailer sway and then can brake individual wheels to stabilize the vehicle and trailer.
  • 500-mile range on a single tank of gas.




Safety Features:
  • Standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology that includes 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. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also available.
  • Steering Responsive Headlights are standard on Limited and Touring models. High Beam Assist automatically activates and deactivates the high beams when the system detects a vehicle ahead or oncoming vehicle.
  • Available Reverse Automatic Braking that apply the vehicle's brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing
  • Standard on the top-level Touring trim is the new Front View Monitor that displays a 180-degree view of the front of the vehicle on the multi-function display by using a camera located in the front grille. Additional new driver assist technology standard on Touring is the Smart Rear View Mirror which displays a view from behind the vehicle from a camera mounted above the rear gate glass, when activated. This feature benefits the driver in poor visibility to the rear of the vehicle due to passengers or cargo blocking the view.
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wiper system that automatically operates and monitors the wiper speed based on the amount of rainfall is standard on Touring.





Infotainment:

The Ascent offers the latest STARLINK multimedia systems with a multi-touch high-resolution display screen that features smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android® Auto, Ahaand Pandora®, as well as Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, rear vision camera and SiriusXM ® services. Ascent comes standard with 6.5" Multimedia System and higher trim levels feature 8" Multimedia Plus and 8" Multimedia Navigation systems.

For the first time, available in-car Wi-Fi connectivity provides smooth internet access via high-speed LTE communications, broadening the range of entertainment options available to second and third row occupants using smart devices.

SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services now offers remote engine start (on models with push-button start); concierge service; anti-theft vehicle immobilizer with flashing vehicle security lights; child safety functions including geofencing, speed alert and curfew; and firmware updates over the air.

Also available is the Safety Plus package that offers SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, maintenance notifications, monthly vehicle health report, and diagnostic alerts. The Safety Plus & Security Plus upgrade package adds stolen vehicle recovery service, vehicle security alarm notification, remote lock/unlock, remote horn and lights and remote vehicle locator.
 


 





Four trim levels...base, Premium, Limited, Touring:


2019 Ascent Models

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Ascent

  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive w/X-MODE®
  • Standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology[2]
  • 8-passenger seating w/second-row bench seat
  • SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SirusXM® All Access Radio[6]
  • Raised roof rails
  • Three-zone automatic climate control system
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Ascent Premium

Includes all Ascent features plus:

  • SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security with Automatic Collision Notification[3]
  • Spill-resistant cloth upholstery
  • Choice of 8-passenger seating w/second-row bench seat or 7-passenger seating w/dual second-row captain's chairs
  • All-Weather Package: heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and windshield wiper de-icer
  • 5,000 pound maximum towing capacity[1]
  • Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert[7]
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Ascent Limited

Includes all Ascent Premium features plus:

  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • LED Steering Responsive Headlights
  • Power rear gate with height memory function
  • Keyless Access with Push-Button Start
  • Reverse Automatic Braking[8]
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Ascent Touring

Includes all Ascent Limited features plus:

  • Panoramic power moonroof
  • Exclusive Java Brown leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia Navigation
  • Harman Kardon 792-watt-equivalent 14-speaker premium audio system
  • Second- an


The base starts with an extensive roster of standard features that includes EyeSight with automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist; a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; four USB ports; three zone automatic climate control; automatic power door locks and power side mirrors; raised roof rails; second-row bench seat (8 passengers); 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with silver finish: 19 cup and bottle holders; multi-function display; and security system with engine immobilizer. Standard on all models is Auto Vehicle Hold which keeps the vehicle in position at a stop so the driver does not need to continuously depress the brake pedal. For the first time in a Subaru, a convex cabin-view mirror that allows the driver and front passenger to view occupants in the second and third row is standard equipment.

The Premium trim adds Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; towing capability up to 5,000 lb.; power driver seat; unique spill-repellent cloth upholstery in either black or ivory; 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen; Wi-Fi connectivity; body-color side mirrors; privacy glass; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever handle; rear seat climate controls; 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels in gray with machine finish; and the All-Weather Package with heated exterior mirrors, 3-mode heated front seats and windshield wiper de-icer. Stepping up to the Premium trim allows wider option availability, including second-row captain's chairs; Reverse Automatic Braking; 20-inch dark gray with machine finish wheels; and a panoramic moonroof. Also available is a power rear gate with height memory; Keyless Access with Push-Button Start; 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation system; auto dimming rear view mirror; and a tonneau cover to conceal cargo.

The Limited includes all the Premium trim features and adds leather-trimmed upholstery, LED Steering Responsive Headlights with High Beam Assist, LED fog lights and new second-row retractable sunshades. Also standard is a set of 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels in dark gray with machine finish mounted on 245/50 R20 all season tires. Lower door cladding with chrome accents and body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signals; driver's seat adjustable thigh support; Reverse Automatic Braking; power rear gate with height memory; and Keyless Access with Push-Button Start are also standard equipment on the Limited. Two additional USB ports are added to Limited, to bring the total number to six.

The top of the line Touring model is distinguished by satin silver side mirrors with integrated turn signals, chrome door handles, chrome front under guard and rear bumper protector. The unique interior features Java Brown leather seats and upholstery; upgraded leather steering wheel and woodgrain-pattern matte finish accent trim. Standard three-mode ventilated driver and front passenger seats enhance the comfort in the Touring model. A total of eight UBS ports and 120-volt power outlet for charging tablets, phones and laptops is standard. The Touring includes all standard features from the Limited and adds the SUBARU STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation system, Harman Kardon® premium audio system with 14 speakers, panoramic power moonroof and rain-sensing wipers. To improve the driver's view, a unique Smart Rear-View Mirror and a 180-degree front-view camera complete Touring's comprehensive list of features.



Subaru produced a concept version of the Ascent before revealing the production version....



 
This is the 2019 Subaru Ascent Concept.  You can expect the production model to vary somewhat from these photos (for example, the side mirrors are smaller than the mirrors that you would expect on the final version).  When will the 2019 Ascent arrive? The release date is estimated for second quarter of 2018. 



  Subaru used to call its 7-passenger flagship the Tribeca, first introduced for the 2006 model year.  The last one rolled off the assembly line in 2014.  Customers asked for more room in the third row, more power, and more utility.  They will soon get it.  Subaru's new flagship bears so little resemblance to the Tribeca that they are changing the name. 
 

 
Expect to buy the first Ascent in 2018 as a 2019 model.  Media reporting a "2018 Subaru Ascent" are off by a year.  The exterior design of the concept follows Subaru's "Dynamic x Solid" theme with powerful fender flares representing Subaru's all-wheel drive system and a large, bluff grille denoting a true SUV.
  
 

Subaru will offer its latest infotainment system, introduced on the 2017 Impreza, and will include Apple Car Play and Android Auto. 








Subaru will build the Ascent on its new "global platform."  Basically, Subaru is moving toward a single chassis that will underpin all of its vehicles.  (Subaru will add length or width as necessary to suit the size of the vehicle).  This scalable architecture allows Subaru to focus engineering resources on building a single platform that rivals the best produced by any manufacturer, instead of having a variety of "pretty good" frames.  The new platform is stronger for better handling, and the extensive use of high-strength steel improves fuel economy and crash protection. Subaru will manufacture the Ascent at its sole North American plant in Lafayette, Indiana. 











Both the design concept and the production Ascent will feature an all-new turbocharged direct injection boxer engine with plenty of power to move lots of people and cargo. 










Specifications:
Body size: (Length x Width x Height) 198.8 x 78.3 x 72.4 inches
Wheelbase: 117 inches
Tire Size: 275/50 R21

Ascent will compare favorably in size to Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and even the Chevy Tahoe.







Note the large storage area, even with the third row in place.  Also note the large panoramic moonroof.

 












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