Subaru haven’t officially named the new vehicle, but we do know that they have registered the Ascent name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, so the general opinion is that the new 7-seat crossover will be called the Ascent, it will replace the Tribeca that Subaru finished production of in 2014.
It seems that Subaru can do no wrong in the U.S., selling nearly 400,000 to date, and that number is rising year on year, approximately 4% up on last year.
Subaru Ascent Release date
There has been no official confirmation from Subaru regarding release dates and prices, but given that this will be a 2018 model, we think they will debut the model sometime in mid 2017, with sales happening later the same year; expect to be able to order the Ascent in late 2018, around November / December.
Subaru Ascent release date: mid-2017
Subaru Ascent Price
Best guesses put the new Subaru with a starting price in the low $30,000’s and perhaps rising all the way up to somewhere near $50,000 for the flagship version.
Subaru Ascent Video
Subaru Ascent Redesign and changes
Being a new model, this isn’t about redesigns, rather what we’d expect to see in the new model. There is some debate over which engine will be fitted, we think there may be two choices, but with an option for a hybrid later on in the production cycle.
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Subaru Ascent Specs
First up, we think there will be a 2.0 liter flat-four turbo gasoline engine, as used in the Forester 2.0XT, this should produce about 250 BHP. For something a little sportier, Subaru may use the 3.6 liter flat-six; there will need to be a sporty version to compete in the market – most manufacturers offer something will a little more get up and go.
If Subaru do decide to release a hybrid engine, expect it to be based on a 2.0 liter gas engine, with a fairly small electric motor.
We think that the transmission will be of the constantly variable transmission type and driving all four wheels as standard.
There have been some spy-shots released of a new Subaru out testing, it has been fully camouflaged but looks to be quite a boxy design, certainly not all slick and smooth like some crossovers, but this would fit with Subaru’s current design thinking; boxy and square on the outside, plenty of room on the inside.
Subaru Ascent Equipment
Finally, we think that the Ascent will pack quite a technology punch; expect to see the Ascent crammed full of tech – camera’s, Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth, Park Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring and a whole host of other features.