The all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent finally made its global debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, no doubt rejoicing Subaru fans and families who had been awaiting the return of a 3-row midsize crossover. And as promised it will arrive at Canadian dealers next summer.
Built on the new Subaru Global Platform and expressing the brand’s DYNAMIC x SOLID design philosophy, the Ascent is a roomy and versatile SUV with seating for seven or eight, depending on the model you select. As such, it will rival competitors like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9 and the new Volkswagen Atlas.
“Subaru customers asked for a vehicle like Ascent and we listened. We understand the needs of Canadian families on the go, and our largest ever vehicle is perfectly suited to handle whatever our customers throw at it — or in it.”
- Yasushi Enami, chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc.
Safe and capable
Everyone will feel safe inside the 2019 Subaru Ascent thanks to EyeSight technology, standard across the lineup and featuring collision-avoidance, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control functionality. There’s also Reverse Automatic Braking for preventing collisions, a Side/Rear Vehicle Detection System, steering-responsive headlights with High Beam Assist and a new front-view monitor reducing driver blind spots.
Under the hood, a new turbocharged 2.4L 4-cylinder BOXER engine with direct injection supplies the 2019 Subaru Ascent with 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a Lineartronic CVT and Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system, it will allow the vehicle to tow up to 2,270 kg (5,000 lbs)—unprecedented capacity for a Subaru and great news for camping trailer and boat owners.
Let’s not forget about Active Torque Vectoring and X-Mode. The former allows superior cornering performance and hazard avoidance capabilities, while the latter improves performance on slippery and other difficult road surfaces through integrated optimal control of the engine, transmission and braking.
Comfortable and spacious
Inside, the dashboard looks modern and user-friendly. Subaru also promises a comfortable experience in all seats, including the third row. The driver’s seat features a cushion-length adjustment and available ventilation for the first time in a Subaru model. You’ll find generous room between passengers as well as ample cargo space. Incidentally, a new type of power rear liftgate with a built-in drive unit makes access to cargo easier.
We can’t wait to test the new 2019 Subaru Ascent to see if it’s as competent and pleasant to drive as other Subaru models like the Forester and Outback. Pricing should start at around $35,000. Stay tuned!