Subaru Bold Comeback Sees “Ascent” Revealed at LA Motor Show.
The 2018 Subaru Ascent is an 8-seater crossover designed to climb the mountain of crossovers and crush them all. Hop in kids, time to activate our growing family’s lifestyle. Subaru learned a hard lesson with its last attempt at a seven-seater, the B9 Tribeca (later called simply the Tribeca) that it had introduced in 2005 and gave up on about a decade later. Aside from its odd looks, the biggest problem with the Tribeca was that it wasn’t big enough. There are smaller three-row SUVs out there still, but not in the indispensable this-or-a-minivan class. That won’t be a problem this time around. The concept that first previewed the Ascent was longer than a Chevrolet Traverse and as wide as a Ford F-150. We’re guessing the production Ascent might shrink a little bit, but either way, it’s clear that Subaru intends to get the interior space right this time.
Surprisingly, It’s a big comeback and I am sure that after the Tribeca mayhem Subabu engineers must have burnt a lot of midnight oil before locking it firm on the all NEW the seven-passenger. Ascent will share its platform with the Impreza. Subaru’s Global Platform, introduced under the new 2017 Impreza, which is designed to accommodate vehicles of all sizes a very rare approach by any Japanese car maker.
Also as in the Impreza, the Ascent will pack a flat-four (A flat-four or horizontally opposed-four is a type of four-cylinder engine, a flat engine with four cylinders arranged horizontally in two banks of two cylinders on each side of a central crankcase). A issue that many of the dealership companies won’t like as they need to send their staff for full training. Subaru still has a flat-six in its portfolio, but given that engine’s 15 percent take rate in the Outback and Legacy and the fact that Subaru’s turbo 2.0-liter boxer produces nearly equivalent power plus more torque at lower rpm, watch for the carmaker to commit fully to a four-cylinder future.
Many car makers even for the US and Europe have tried their fair share on the flat four but didn’t work. We’ve spotted prototypes convoying with a Mazda CX-9 and a Ford Explorer, the only Ascent competitors to offer turbo fours. And since it’s a Subaru, expect it to back that four with a CVT routing power to all four wheels. A hybrid model seems inevitable in a few years’ time. Good for the daily running to office and groceries.
If you haven’t noticed, the industry has been trending towards bigger, seven-seat crossovers and SUVs lately. The 2018 Ascent is round two, and it’s basically just everything that already basically sells itself, now with more seats. And yeah, that was right, this three-row crossover can pack in a whole eight little active lifestyles, and comes with a CVT and AWD as standard. It also is debuting with a brand new 2.4-liter turbo flat-four, climbing mountains and fording streams with 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, with a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds with the appropriate package equipped.
The Ascent will also offer a suite of safety features called EyeSight, offering forward collision warning, active lane control, a heads-up display, and automatic emergency braking, all standard on every trim level. All these to go up against the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Volkswagen Atlas, Pathfinder, Toyota Prado, Santa Fe and the Traverse. It goes on sale this upcoming summer, with pricing to be announced later. Doesn’t matter it’s the largest vehicle the company has ever built! Subaru is going to sell every one they make.
Subaru unveiled the new SUV at a press event ahead of the LA Auto Show that highlighted “The Barkleys,” the dogs featured in the company’s advertising campaigns. The dogs appeared to be driving. Seven of them then exited the vehicle and greeted Subaru of America president and chief operating officer Tom Doll. He then turned back to the SUV and grabbed out the “little guy,” a puppy. That’s putting their marketing strategy on check. Hope you will all enjoy the new entry. “The Ascent”