2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater (Tribeca Replacement SUV): Review, Price

Subaru’s new three-row crossover SUV has finally arrived. Since
the discontinuation of the Tribeca, Subaru hasn’t had the
family-focused SUV. The new 2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater is
brand’s largest model ever and the heaviest and most expressive
as well. The model offers the seven- and eight-seat
configurations and competes in the crowded, midsize segment
with models like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Nissan
Pathfinder, Mazda CX-9, GMC Acadia, VW Atlas, etc.

The supersized Subaru rides on brand’s global platform and
exploits new turbocharged engine which we should expect in more
Subaru’s models soon. The Ascent is also equipped with the
latest tech and standard active safety systems. The base,
Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels will be available.

2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater

2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater: Design

The Subaru Ascent 8 Seater is based on the scalable Subaru
Global Platform that debuted on the 2017 Impreza and also
underpins the Crosstrek wagon. In this application, however,
the platform is longer and wider but stiffer as well in order
to support model’s supersize, mass and towing potential. The
Ascent rides on the 113.8-inch wheelbase and measures 196.8
inches in length. It has 76 inches in width and 69.9 inches in
height.

From the visual perspective, the Ascent is classical Subaru’s
vehicle. The front of the model is defined with brand’s
familiar, trapezoidal grille with slightly more upright design
than on the Outback model.  The headlights have hawkish
design and come with LEDs in upper versions. The profile has
accent lines over the fender flares and the rear has brand’s
familiar design.

Interior, Equipment:

Interior of the model is spacious and seats up to eight people
with 152 cubes of the passenger space. With all seats upright,
the model has 19.6 cubes of the cargo room and 44.3 cubes with
the third row unused.  The max cargo capacity is 72.6
cubic feet.

As for the equipment, Subaru offers the EyeSight active safety
hardware by default. The systems included are adaptive cruise
control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency
braking, and active lane control. Upgrade to top trims for the
blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and reverse
automated braking.

All models also include touchscreen infotainment system with
Apple Car Play and Android Auto support. The base screen
measures 6.5 inches and the upgraded version is 8 inches. The
base version will have cloth upholstery, 18-inch wheels,
three-zone climate control, etc. Available across the trims
will be 20-inch wheels, navigation, premium Harman Kardon sound
system, a sunroof, etc.

2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater

2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater: Powertrain

The power for the supersized 2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater will
be provided by brand’s new turbo-4 engine. A 2.4-liter
turbocharged inline-4 produces 260 hp and 277 pound-feet of
torque at low 2000 rpm. The continuously variable transmission
works in the combination with the new engine and brand’s proven
and standard Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.

Equipped with the tow package, the Ascent can tow up to 5, 000
pounds as Subaru claims. The model also has additional cladding
around the wheel wells and the ground clearance of 8.7 inches.

2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater

2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater: Release, Price

The 2019 Subaru Ascent 8 Seater will go on sale next summer.
The pricing is yet to be announced. Expect, however, the
starting point of around $35k and near $50k for the top
version.