As it has been confirmed by several spy shots, Subaru is currently developing a replacement for the ill-fated Tribeca SUV that was killed off in 2014. Namely, an all-new Subaru 3 row crossover named Ascent will be launched for the 2018 model year. Now, Subaru also unveiled the Viziv-7 Concept at the recent LA motor show. It is believed to preview the upcoming model. The company’s decision to launch another seven-passenger SUV seems to be encouraged by soaring demand for reasonably-priced crossovers with a third row seats, at least on the U.S. market. According to reliable reports, the 2018 Subaru Ascent is likely to make its global debut at the 2017 New York motor show in April. The sales expected to commence by the end of the year.
2018 Subaru Ascent Design and Features
The 2018 Subaru Ascent will be underpinned by Subaru’s new, scalable Global Platform. It was introduced with the 2017 Subaru Impreza. The new underpinnings benefit from the use of high-strength steel. Such materials makes the chassis stiffer while improving impact-energy absorption in crashes. Also, the platform provides increased rollover resistance thanks to the lower positioning of Subaru’s boxer engine.
In case the all-new Ascent adopts the bulk of the design language seen on the 2018 Subaru Viziv-7 Concept, it will be among the most appealing seven-seat crossovers currently available on the market. Expect it to feature a bold front end. It should be dominated by a massive radiator grille with hexagonal cutouts for air flow. It will also sport sleek LED headlights shaped like a backward “C”. The fog lights will come outlined with large LED strips that serve as running lights.
The back side features a more toned-down appearance. It still appears as probably the best-looking rear end of any Subaru model. Details concerning the cabin design are scarce at the moment. We expect the Japanese automaker to take the interior styling to a new level with the upcoming Ascent. We will likely see more upscale materials and convenience features that should make this seven-passenger SUV a highly competitive family-oriented vehicle.
Subaru has yet to reveal more substantial information concerning the 2018 Subaru Ascent’s engine range. Some sources speculate that the production model is most likely to use the same 2.5-liter that motivates the Forester in which it makes 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. Another option available in the Forester is a 2.0-liter churning out 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of twist. Rumor also has it that we might see the tried and tested 3.6-liter V6 or even a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain under the Ascent’s hood.
It remains to be seen to what extent the 2018 Subaru Ascent will be influenced by the Viziv-7 Concept. In any case, we’ll be eagerly awaiting any new information to surface on this newcomer to the hotly contested crossover SUV segment.