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Subaru Ascent - the worthy successor of the Tribeca

26 September 2019

Subaru Ascent front view
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In 2017, during the NYAS, Subaru officially unveiled a concept that would later enter a production stage. The result of it is the 2018 mid-size crossover SUV Subaru Ascent. It plays the role of a flagship, aiming to replace the Tribeca (B9 Tribeca) model on the territory of North America.

The vehicle has five doors, front-positioned petrol engine paired with a CVT Lineatronic transmission, and an AWD system.

Build on the SGA Platform, Ascent is capable to house 7/8 passengers. Under the bonnet, a 2.4 l aggregate generates power of 260 hp @ 5,600 rpm (264 PS). The torque is 376 Nm @ 2,000 - 4,800 rpm. (277.32 lb.-ft. @ 2,000 - 4,800 rpm.).

Direct injection is the type of fuel system implemented in the vehicle. As a fuel tank volume, the SUV has listed 73 l (19.28 US gal | 16.06 UK gal).

As for the dimensions numbers, Subaru’s new family member sports a length of 4,999 mm (196.81 in.), the height of 1819 mm (71.61 in.), a width of 1930 mm (75.98 in.) and a wheelbase of 2891 mm (113.82 in.).

Front and rear track are as follows: 1636 mm (64.41 in.) and 1631 mm (64.21 in.). The officially announced ride height is 221 mm or 8.7 in., said otherwise. For approach and departure angles, Subaru’s official technical data states 17.6° and 21.8°.

Subaru Ascent rear view
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It’s available 4 trim levels. The base one is simply called Ascent and is offering Subaru Symmetrical AWD, EyeSight assistance as a standard, eight seats, STARLINK multimedia package, three-zone climate control as a part of the list of options.

Ascent Premium is the next. It offers the owner the ability to choose between 7 or 8-seat configuration, STARLINK package with additional safety and security features, BLIS system and many other.

The luxury tweaks come with the Ascent Limited. It gives the driver and passengers the comfort of leather-trimmed upholstery, 20-in aluminum-alloys, push-button engine start, adaptive front headlights.

At the top of the line and serving as the highest possible equipment pack is the Touring. It includes premium class high-quality seat surfaces, rear sunshades on the windows, panoramic moonroof, premium class audio system.

During the first months in which Ascent was put on sale, Subaru had to do a recall of the vehicles.

Predecessor: Subaru Tribeca