At the heart of the Ascent lies a brand-new engine for Subaru. Using a similar design to the Forester XT and WRX, the powerplant in the Ascent is a larger 2.4 liter Direct Injected 4-cylinder Boxer Engine with a Twin-Scroll Turbocharger. Mated to a High-Torque Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), it should deliver smooth and efficient power through it's full-time Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Power output is not known yet at this time, but the Ascent will be able to tow up to 5,000 lbs with this setup.
Subaru's EyeSight System, which hosts a suite of safety equipment, will be standard on all Ascent models. Front and Rear facing cameras aid with parking visibility while Pre-Collision Systems keep an eye out ahead for any trouble. It also has Rain-Sensing front windshield wipers and Steering Responsive Headlights. Tie these in with the Ascent's fantastic cabin visibility along with crash ratings designed to meet current and future safety standards and this new addition to the family looks to easily continue Subaru's run of Top Safety Pick + Awards.
The big news with the Ascent is how BIG it really is. For starters, the Ascent can jump up from it's 7-Passenger status to 8-Passengers with the option to replace the two center Captains chairs with a Bench seat for 3. While the cabin's dimensions haven't been released, it's as big or larger than most of it's current competitors. To accommodate all those passengers, the Ascent's interior is full of USB Charging points along with an army of Cup Holders to stow drinks for your crew. Along with Dual-Zone Climate Control for the front, the rear passengers have their own controls and vents in a roomy cabin. Above them is a massive two-piece power moonroof that nearly covers the entire ceiling, adding to it's already stellar visibility. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto lie at the core of Subaru's Infotainment System on a large touchscreen radio with intuitive controls and sharp resolution.
Built alongside the American-built Impreza, Legacy, and Outback, the new Ascent will be a great addition to the Subaru lineup for 2018. More details will be released later in the year so keep an eye out for updates!