The 2018 Climb destined to be Subaru’s largest vehicle when it joins the lineup late this year or early next year. With three rows of seating and exterior measurements just like those of the Honda Pilot, the Ford Explorer, and other family haulers, the Ascent is the spiritual– and far less unusual– successor to the Tribeca that you forgot Subaru offered from 2006 to 2014.
The Ascent will take the cap off the Subaru lineup for owners excited for a more individuals- and stuff-carrying ability than provided by their Forester or Outback wagon. Since the Tribeca’s death, these buyers have had no place to go however to another brand name. Even with those defections, Subaru has actually seen record sales for numerous years running, and now they can maybe ascend into an Ascent, thus keeping wind in the company’s sails.
2018 Subaru Ascent Exterior
The Ascent’s exterior now is far closer to production spec than the rough test mules we spotted last September, and we can see that Subaru will not break any new stylistic ground. The swept-back headlights and hexagonal grille could be pulled directly off the downplayed Outback/Legacy siblings, while the curving peaks over each wheel recall comparable flourishes on the new Impreza. From the beltline up, the Ascent might be misinterpreted for Subaru’s smaller sized and rather upright Forester. The big rear quarter-windows give away the Ascent’s size, however, and should make for an airy-feeling third-row seat. Added together, these styling elements follow Subaru orthodoxy. The genuine news here is that the Ascent will not be strange like the old Tribeca.
2018 Subaru Ascent Engine
Subaru’s most powerful engine is a turbocharged flat-four that inspires the WRX STI. That engine also happens to be Subaru’s earliest and isn’t really efficient, so count it out for Ascent responsibility. That moves our expectation to the 250-hp 2.0-liter flat-four that powers the Forester 2.0 XT, potentially a variation with more horse power to better move the larger Ascent. The 3.6-liter flat-six from the Outback and Legacy is another possibility, as is a gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain of some sort. All we understand for specific is that the 2018 Subaru Ascent will come with a continuously variable automatic transmission which all-wheel drive will be standard.
2018 Subaru Ascent Release Date and Price
Look for the 2018 Subaru Ascent to make its debut later on this year and for sales to begin soon after, possibly before completion of 2017. Rates ought to start around $30,000 and vault into the mid $40,000 variety, in line with most of today’s nonluxury three-row crossovers.