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2019 Subaru Ascent: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - November 21, 2017

Model Preview

The Subaru Ascent will be a completely new SUV model for 2018. It will be based on the VIZIV-7 Concept that debuted last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Its most notable characteristic is a spacious three-row crossover design.

The Ascent fills a much-needed space in Subaru's lineup. Although the Forester and Outback remain popular, the automaker lacks a three-row crossover. Competitors like the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander have thrived, and in fact been joined by new entrants like the all-new Volkswagen Atlas.

The Ascent's underlying platform is a modified version of the automaker's new global platform that debuted in the 2017 Impreza. Automotive News reports that although the concept features a 7-passenger layout, an 8-passenger version will also be offered. The production model will be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Subaru Ascent

Under the hood, Subaru says the vehicle will be powered by an all-new turbocharged Boxer engine. Specs have not yet been released, but reports suggest the powerplant will involve a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder design. Power output has not yet been announced.

Details about tech and safety have not yet been released. That said, it's a good bet the vehicle will feature the automaker's Star Link infotainment system and connectivity with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay like recent vehicles such as the 2018 Crosstrek. Expect to also see the full suite of driver assistance technology in the form of the brand's popular Eyesight package.

Expect updates closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

An official release date has not yet been announced for the Subaru Ascent. We only know it will go on sale sometime in 2018. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Pricing is still unknown. For reference, Subaru's most expensive crossover is currently the Outback ranging from $26,520 to as much as $39,070 with destination.

Based on how the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot are positioned, we think it's reasonable to expect a base price in the area of $32,000 with upscale versions topping out at just under $50,000.

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Pictured: 2019 Ascent

Subaru Ascent

Subaru Ascent

Subaru Ascent

Subaru Ascent

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