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2019 Subaru Ascent: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - February 15, 2018

Model Preview

The Subaru Ascent is a completely new model for 2018. Its most notable characteristic is a spacious three-row crossover design, something that has been lacking in the brand's lineup. Along with a new platform, the vehicle will offer a significant amount of standard safety technology.

The exterior look of the Ascent up front takes cues from the recently updated Legacy sedan, but, unlike an Outback or Forester, its overall shape is less likely to be mistaken for a wagon. Its wheelbase is 5.8-inches longer than the Outback, making the Ascent the largest Subaru built and sold in the U.S.

The Ascent boasts SUV-like capability with the easy-to-live with road manners of a car thanks to an updated platform offering enhanced rigidity and refined ride. To achieve a quieter cabin, Subaru incorporated acoustic glass in the windshield and front windows, as well as better soundproofing.

The interior can be configured with either a 7 or 8-passenger configuration based on trim, depending on whether you prefer second-row bench seats or captain's chairs. Passengers may appreciate the standard 6.5-inch touchscreen audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Under the hood, all versions of the Ascent come equipped with a 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with direct injection. Output is rated at 260 hp with 277 lb-ft of torque, slotting the vehicle slightly below V6 versions of the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander. A CVT transmission is standard in all trims.

2019 Subaru Ascent

Safety will be an area in which the Ascent shines. All trims come standard with Subaru EyeSight, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Optional features include a blind spot monitor, head-up display and reverse emergency braking.

Four trims will be offered: Base, Premium, Limited and Touring.

Here's a brief breakdown by style showing some of the key differences.

Base: Available only in an 8-passenger configuration with second-row bench seats. Standard all-wheel drive, roof rails, tri-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels in silver and 6.5-inch audio system.

Premium: Adds a larger 8-inch touchscreen and WiFi connectivity. Offers 18-inch alloy wheels but in machine gray, body-color side mirrors and rear privacy glass. Increases towing capacity to 5,000 lbs and comes with blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert.

Limited: Adds leather seats and 20-inch alloy wheels in dark gray. Comes with a power liftgate, push-button start and offers high-end touches like chrome exterior accents and LED headlights.

Touring: Gets you navigation, a panoramic moonroof, more chrome exterior accents, an enhanced 180-degree rear camera, unique Java Brown leather seats with cooling capability for front passengers and a 14-speaker audio system.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 Subaru Ascent will go on sale this summer.

Official pricing will start at $32,970 including destination for the Ascent Base and ranges up to $45,670 for the well-equipped Touring.

See below for a full list of prices.

2019 Subaru Ascent Pricing

Vehicle TrimMSRP
Ascent Base (8 Passenger)$32,970
Ascent Premium (8 Passenger)$35,170
Ascent Premium (7 Passenger)$36,630
Ascent Limited (7 or 8 Passenger)$39,970
Ascent Touring (7 Passenger)$45,670

In terms of options, Premium models can be configured with a $1,460 package that adds a power liftgate, reverse automatic braking capability, push-button start and an auto-dimming mirror.

Alternatively, $4,260 gets you the panoramic moonroof, navigation, cargo cover and 20-inch wheels.

In the case of the Limited, a $2,950 package gets you the panoramic roof, nav, cargo cover and a Harmon Kardon audio system.

There are no notable packages on Base or Touring models.

Competitors will include the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer.

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