NEW YORK, NY – If at first you don’t succeed . . .
The Tribeca may just be a memory but with a burgeoning SUV/CUV market, Subaru is taking another kick at the can with the unveiling of the all-new seven-passenger, three-row midsize Ascent SUV concept that made a world debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS).
Building on a Subaru Global Platform (SGP), the Ascent follows Subaru’s latest “Dynamic x Solid” styling theme with aggressive SUV styling, a pushed-forward grille, gaping air inlets and muscular fender flares to emphasize a big wheel stance.
Inside a handsome interior with flowing dashboard design and captain’s chairs makes us hope the production version won’t be tamed too much.
Early powerplant speculation ran the gamut from the 3.6-litre boxer-six to the Forester’s 250 hp turbo 2.0-litre mill but the latest info hints at a new 2.4-litre turbocharged engine, as expected, running power through Subaru’s standard symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
The Ascent will be manufactured at Subaru’s U.S. plant in Indiana, which should make the mercurial Trumpster happy, and plans are for a production version to roll off the assembly line within a year or so, probably as a 2019 model.
Subaru also showed the refreshed Crosstrek and Outback.
Stay tuned for pricing and more details in future.