Subaru’s All-New 2019 Ascent 3-Row SUV Arrives Early Summer 2018

Subaru finally gives us the full-size SUV we've been waiting for

Updated: 2019 Ascent Pricing Announced

February 23 Update: Subaru released official MSRP pricing for their new SUV today, as follows (less fees/charges):

2019 Ascent US Price & Trims:

Ascent, 8-passenger with CVT: US$31,995

Ascent Premium, 8-passenger with CVT: US$34,195 to $38,455 (depending on options)

Ascent Premium, 7-passenger with CVT: US$35,655 to $38,455 (depending on options)

Ascent Limited, 8-passenger with CVT: US$38,995

Ascent Limited, 7-passenger with CVT: US$38,995

Ascent Touring, 7-passenger with CVT: US$44,695

2019 Ascent Canada Price & Trims:

Convenience: C$35,995

Touring: C$40,995

Touring w/Captain’s Chairs: C$41,495

Limited: C$46,495

Limited w/ Captain’s Chairs: C$46,995

Premier: C$49,995


Subaru finally fills the void with a 7-passenger sport utility

Los Angeles, California – Subaru has really stepped it up in the last five years since it first debuted the Crossrek – their all-new compact crossover that’s been selling like hotcakes, along with the all-new 2019 Forester just unveiled in New York.

The company’s products have grown into more stylish, tech-savvy, all-wheel drive machines that appeal to a broader market now.

But the Japanese automaker’s stable was missing a full-size family hauler. And we won’t get into the mid-size Tribeca SUV produced between 2005 to 2014 – that was a different time.

And at the moment, the 2018 Outback is the closest you’ll get to a Subaru SUV, but it’s more of a medium frame utility wagon and void of that third-row larger families are yearning for.

Finally, Subaru introduces a 3-row sport utility – their largest product to date – available with choice of seven or eight passenger configurations designed for everyday versatility, comfort and safety.

2019 Ascent Release Date and Features

Arrives early summer 2018

The new Subaru SUV will be built in the company’s US plant in Indiana along with the Outback, Legacy and Impreza. Dealers will begin receiving the Ascent early Summer 2018. Pricing hasn’t been announced but we’ll make that available soon as Subaru releases info.

Ascent trim levels include base, Premium, Limited and Touring.

2019 subaru ascent interior front cabin
The cabin will feature loads of tech including a new 4G LTE Wi-Fi setup, and EyeSight Driver Assist comes standard in the Ascent – usually an option in other Subaru products. Pic: Amee Reehal

All-new turbocharged 260-hp BOXER engine

Powering the new Ascent is an all-new 2.4L engine making 260-hp at 5,600 rpm, and 277 lb.ft. of torque at 2,000-4,800-rpm.

This full-size hauler will tow up to up to 5,000-lb – paired to Subaru’s standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a high-torque Lineartronic CVT with an 8-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters as well as X-Mode with Hill Descent Control, it’s clear the Ascent is all family-focused for those long journeys.

Riding on 18-inch wheels and lower profile with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, Subaru’s goal was to create a 7-passenger machine that blends the capability and cargo of a full-size SUV with the ride and handling of a car.

We should get a chance to test drive the Ascent in the new year and will provide our own feedback on power and handling.

2019 subaru ascent interior rear cargo
With a 113.8-in. wheelbase and 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, families definitely have room and plenty of cargo space, especially with rear doors that open 75 degrees for improved access to the third row. Pic: Amee Reehal

Subaru Ascent Interior

The cabin will feature loads of tech including a new 4G LTE Wi-Fi setup, and EyeSight Driver Assist comes standard in the Ascent – usually an option in other Subaru products.

Stepping inside, the cabin feels roomy, as you’d expect. With a 113.8-in. wheelbase and 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, families definitely have room and plenty of cargo space, especially with rear doors that open 75 degrees for improved access to the third row.

Add eight USB ports, a 120-volt power outlet based in the rear of the centre console, standard three- zone automatic climate control, and the STARLINK multimedia system with a multi-touch high-resolution display screen wit Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, connectivity is pretty much covered.

Learn more – Ascent USA | Ascent Canada

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First 2019 Ascent Rolls of the Assembly Line in Indiana

UPDATED – May 8, 2018: In case you had doubts, here’s the new Subaru SUV in production mode – the very first 2019 Ascent that will go on sale in the coming months. With the addition of the Ascent, Subaru will produce close to 400,000 vehicles each year, joining the Outback, Legacy, and Impreza at the plant.

 

2019 subaru ascent assembly line
Subaru will produce close to 400,000 each year including the Ascent, joining the Outback, Legacy, and Impreza at the plant. Pic: Subaru

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What others are saying about the Ascent

Subaru has been missing out on the large SUV game for quite a while now, but it seems the delay will ultimately be beneficial. With its myriad features, the 2019 Ascent should be great for families, but its utility could also be useful for adventurous singletons or young couples. The Indiana-built Ascent hits dealerships this June. – Emme Hall, CNet

Shooting motors professionally since film was a thing, Amee's work has been published in various outlets including NBC Sports, Chicago Tribune, SuperStreet, GlobeDrive, MotorTrend, and others. He's a writer, editor at TractionLife.com, AJAC member, and full-time digital marketer at Traction Media working with national brands. Find him traveling, spending time with his kids and family. Or golfing, badly.