Subaru Signals Intent to Produce New 3-Row SUV with Ascent Concept
Subaru unveiled a new three-row concept called the Ascent in New York, a move that signals that Subaru will once again offer a bigger crossover vehicle; currently, their largest car is the Outback.
Subaru has previously treaded in these waters with the 2006 B9 Tribeca (the B9 was dropped in subsequent years). It didn’t hit the mark with consumers, who were turned off by its ungainly styling and limited functionality. Although it could seat up to seven, the proportions of the car were slim overall, leading to cramped accommodations.
The marketplace has shown that the appetite for midsize crossovers have bourgeoned over the years, however, and Subaru will offer room for seven again, only this time, it will be bigger.
The Ascent concept had a wheelbase of 117 inches and is 198.8 inches long, 78.3 inches wide and 72.4 inches tall, which is bigger overall than a Honda Pilot, and comes closest in competition with Volkswagen’s new Atlas.
Based on a modified version of Subaru’s global platform, which currently underpins the Impreza, the Ascent concept bore what Subaru says is an all-new turbocharged 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder boxer engine. And like most Subarus, power will be sent to an all-wheel drive system.
The Ascent will be built in Subaru’s plant in Lafayette, Indiana, and will be in displayed in production form at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the fall.