Planet-exclusive Subaru Ascent Gallery. Model shown is the version sold from 2019 through 2022. Click to enlarge

Executive Summary

We expect to deliver the first 2023 Ascent at Planet Subaru in the fall of 2023. Ascent is Subaru's flagship; the largest and most luxurious Subaru, and the only one with a third row of seating to accommodate up to eight passengers. 

Subaru debuted the Ascent for the 2019 model year.  

On its highest volume products (Forester, Outback, Crosstrek), Subaru typically introduces all-new models on a five-year product cycle, with a "Big Minor Change," or "refresh" in the middle with modest exterior and interior tweaks. Subaru's other models (including Ascent) are usually all-new on a six or seven year schedule, also with a refresh in the middle. Subaru is famously tight-lipped with the release of specs and photos until they're ready to introduce a new model, so there have not been any official announcements yet. This is how we see the product cycle through 2023:

Model year (and sequence in product cycle):Change:
2019 (first year)
All new design from the ground up
2020 (second year)
Very similar to prior year
2021 (third year)
Very similar to prior year
2022 (fourth year)
Very similar to prior year (with additional Onyx trim)
2023 (fifth year)
"Refresh" (exterior and interior revisions)

As you can see from the table, we expect the Ascent to receive minor changes to keep it contemporary in its competitive segment of the market. Those changes usually involve cosmetic revisions to the front fascia, new colors, and new wheel options. Inside, we usually see infotainment upgrades, new upholstery, and revised instruments. We expect to see Subaru's latest Generation 4 Eyesight driver assistance suite replace the previous generation. Automotive News is anticipating the arrival of the first Wilderness Ascent, a variant designed for pretty serious off-roading. The expanding family of these hard-core Subarus began with the Outback and Forester. They include even more ground clearance, rugged wheels with all terrain tires, more aggressive exterior styling and approach/departure angles, durable StarTex interior upholstery, skid plates, and full-size spare tire. 

Learn much more, including pricing and videos at our Ascent center

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