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Mobile Family HQ: 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV

It’s all-new, its big, and its from Subaru. The automaker has introduced an all-new SUV called the Ascent. This three-row, eight-passenger vehicle is the automaker’s largest ever, made in America. Designed for active families on-the-go, the new Ascent expands on renowned Subaru strengths. The Subaru SUV delivers an unparalleled driving experience with a spacious interior, comfortable and flexible seating options and a host of new safety, driver assist and in-vehicle technologies. The 8.7 inches of ground clearance for all models is greater than many SUVs, yet the Ascent maintains a comfortably low step-in height for both front and rear passenger entry.

The exterior builds on Subaru’s “Dynamic x Solid” design philosophy to create an SUV with a commanding presence. The all-new SUV incorporates the brand’s signature hexagonal grille and C-shaped headlights that are reminiscent of pistons moving inside a BOXER engine. Prominent wheel arches emphasize Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and flow into a horizontal character line and are also mirrored in the flared lower sills for a solid and powerful look. Lower side and wheel arch cladding provide a rugged and capable appearance.

Available in Base, Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels, power is generated by an all-new 2.4-liter BOXER four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Torque is communicated to all four-wheels via a new version of Subaru’s high-torque Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission) and legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

The large SUV is built on a strengthened and extended version of the Subaru Global Platform with extensive use of high-strength steel. With a focus on durability, rigidity and vibration resistance, the Ascent platform is designed to provide a quiet interior and excellent driving feel. The new Subaru Global Platform integrates new framework with optimized cross sections and highly stiffened joints between structures to significantly enhance straight-line stability, agility, and ride comfort while suppressing noise, vibration and harshness to a degree not seen before in the mid-size SUV class. The Ascent provides a refined, quiet ride thanks to comprehensive soundproofing measures, including an acoustic windshield and front door glass.

Inside the passenger cabin, plenty of passenger volume plus ample cargo space awaits. Standard three- zone automatic climate control ensures all passengers stay comfortable, with large air vents for all three rows. Second row reading lights are standard on all models. Ambient and footwell lighting is also available throughout the cabin.

As the most versatile Subaru ever, the Ascent boasts up to nine unique seating configurations and two rows of 60/40 split flat-folding seats. Power adjustable front seats with lumbar support and a length adjustment function for the driver seat cushion are also available.

The rear doors open 75 degrees for improved access to the third row. Eight USB charging ports are available throughout the cabin and a 120-volt power outlet based in the rear of the center console allow charging for multiple electronic devices. With 19 standard cup and bottle holders, every passenger’s beverage is secure and close at hand.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 113.8; overall length: 196.8; width: 76.0; height: 71.6
All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 2.4L turbocharged BOXER four-cylinder – 260 hp at 5600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque at 2000-4800 rpm.
Transmission: CVT automatic with eight-speed manual control mode
EPA Fuel Economy: 21 city/27 highway
Cargo capacity: 86.5 cubic feet

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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