NY 2017: Subaru Ascent 7-seat SUV concept premieres

Gwen Vasquez
April 20, 2017

The Ascent will hold seven passengers.

Subaru has been without a three-row SUV since it pulled the plug on the Tribeca in 2014. The Ascent concept measures 198.8 inches long, 78.3 inches wide and 72.4 inches tall. Less glitzy than the showcar before it, the Ascent concept seems to be nearly production-ready on the outside, and dare we say it's more attractive than the Viziv-7.

Subaru has traditionally put most of its effort into SUV alternatives, but now it's tackling the segment head on to attract buyers with an active liftstyle.

Subaru unveiled the Ascent concept at the NY auto show, now underway, giving us some clues of its new three-row-seat model.

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Power for the Ascent concept comes courtesy of a turbocharged, direct-injected boxer engine, which also powers the production model.

Based on a modified version of Subaru's global platform, which now underpins the Impreza, the Ascent concept bore what Subaru says is an all-new turbocharged 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder boxer engine. First, they treated the Impreza and Legacy models to significant changes with a new Crosstrek following shortly after, and now they've debuted their first three-row SUV for the American market, aptly named the Ascent. Some of these features will likely make it to the final auto.

Subaru says that the Ascent will go into production and is to be built on a modified version of the Subaru Global Platform that debuted previous year. However, don't expect touchscreen window controls in the doors to make it through to dealerships, and the flush exterior door handles probably won't get the green-light from Subaru's accountants either. The Ascent will be built exclusively in Indiana. Pricing and exact release date will come closer to launch.

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