Ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru took the wraps off an all-new 2019 Ascent on Tuesday night, the first three-row SUV offered by the automaker since the ill-fated Tribeca.
It will be available in either seven or eight-seat configurations and be built in Indiana on the company’s Global Platform.
The Ascent will features a new evolution of the Boxer engine, a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Subaru says it has an estimated output of 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. It will be paired to a Lineartronic CVT and the Ascent will be capable of towing up to 5,000 lbs.
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“We understand the needs of Canadian families on the go, and our largest ever vehicle is perfectly suited to handle whatever our customers throw at it — or in it,” Yasushi Enami, chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, said in a statement.
Depending on how you configure it, the Ascent will come with either second-row captain’s chairs or bench seating.
As you would expect from a Subaru, the Ascent comes standard with symmetrical all-wheel drive and X-Mode, features the automaker says help it handle rough roads. X-Mode also includes hill descent control, and the Ascent offers 220 millimetres of ground clearance to handle off-road situations.
Subaru will offer its EyeSight advanced safety suite standard across the line-up. It includes collision-avoidance, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
Other safety features include reverse automatic braking, side/rear vehicle detection and steering-responsive headlights.
The Ascent will go on sale in the summer of 2018.