The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show will soon be upon us, and the just announced 2019 Subaru Ascent, the new 3-row crossover SUV from the famed Japanese automaker, is already positioning itself as the one to watch. The Ascent crossover is the long-awaited replacement for the Tribeca model, which was discontinued back in 2014.
As far as the design goes, all we have to go off of is a single teaser image depicting a part of the vehicle’s tailgate. However, there are also some spy shots of prototypes and the fairly transparent concept that was shown back in April at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. That said, Subaru seems to be playing it safe with their new model, from the design stand point. The best thing the Ascent has going for it is its size that apparently measures 198 inches in length, which is about 9 more than the Outback. This increase will carry over onto the interior as well, where there should be an ample amount of space for passengers in all three rows.
This new model will produced in Lafayette, Indiana where Subaru builds their Legacy, Outback, as well as their latest Impreza models.
Engine and Powertrain
One of the most exciting aspects of the 2019 Subaru Ascent is undoubtedly the introduction of the brand-new engine from the Japanese car maker. We are talking about a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that will make use of the Subaru’s famous horizontally opposed layout. Moreover, the new 2.4-liter engine will come with a direct injection, as well as an all wheel drive, meaning that the power will be sent to all four wheels, just like it was on the Ascents predecessor, the Subaru Tribeca.
2019 Subaru Ascent Release Date and Price
The 2019 Subaru Ascent will make its grand debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show, which will commence on November 28th. However, you won’t be able to actually buy the new model until late next year when it will go on sale, as a 2019 model. As of now, it is a little hard to predict the starting price for the new model, but considering the pricing of some of its potential competitors like the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, and the Toyota Highlander, the Ascent could go for anywhere between $30.000 and $35.000.