Look out Ford Explorer and Mazda CX-9, there’s a new entry that’s knocking at your door and it comes from Subaru. After being teased as the Viziv-7 Concept a while back, Subaru has shown off the Ascent SUV Concept at the New York International Auto Show. It’s the clearest direction yet at what to expect with Subaru’s large 7-seater SUV.
Though officially labeled as a concept, peel away the large wheels and small exterior mirrors, and it shows you what the Ascent will look like in production form. The Ascent follows the company’s “DYNAMIC x SOLID” design language giving the Ascent bulging fender flares and a large, bluff grille.
Inside, some themes from the current crop of new-generation Subarus are present, like in the center console, gauges, and steering wheel, but the interior is largely more flowing in execution. The concept has 7 seats including second-row Captain’s Chairs. This could indicate that the production version of the Ascent may be offered with up to 8 seats.
Underpinned by the next-generation Subaru Global Platform, it’s been modified for duty in the Ascent. It’s one huge SUV with an overall length of 5,050 millimeters and a wheelbase of 2,970 millimeters. As for powertrain, it seems that the death of the Flat-6 is all but confirmed as the Ascent will use a brand-new direct-injection turbocharged horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2.4-liters. As always, expect it to be mated to a Lineartronic CVT with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
The Subaru Ascent will be assembled at the company’s Indiana assembly plant and will go on sale in the US next year. Subaru has confirmed that the Ascent will be sold exclusively in the North American market first, though if the Tribeca (the Ascent’s predecessor) is any indication, the chances of the Ascent making it to the Philippines is very strong.
Subaru Ascent SUV Concept Specifications:
- Overall Length: 5,050 mm
- Overall Width: 1,990 mm
- Overall Height: 1,840 mm
- Wheelbase: 2,970 mm
- Tire Size: 275/50R21
- Seating: 7 persons