The all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV rolled off the assembly line in Layfayette, Indiana. Eiji Ogino, Subaru President and CEO was on hand for the historic moment.
It’s the largest Subie ever built and is made for active families who like to consume lots of beverages—it has at least 19 cupholders and up to six USB ports for starters. We first saw the Ascent at last year’s Los Angeles auto show and were impressed.
Like the American assembled Volkswagen Atlas, the Ascent was designed exclusively for the North American market. The Ascent seats 7 or 8 passengers depending on trim level and has a 113.8-inch wheelbase. It measures 196.8 x 76.0 x 71.6 inches (L x W x H).
There’s 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and two-rows of 60/40 split flat-folding seats that offer up to 72.6 cubic feet of cargo space for gear.
Standard goodies include a 6.5-inch touchscreen (8.0-inch is optional), three-zone auto climate control, an EyeSight Driver Assist System, and here’s the best part —it’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay friendly.
Under the hood, all Ascents pack a 2.4-liter turbo flat-four with 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The 2019 Subaru Ascent starts at $32,970 and goes on sale in the U.S. and Canada this summer. Subaru says more than 4,500 of the new SUVs have been ordered and if you are thinking of trading up—now is probably a good time to place your order.