Subaru Ascent 7 Passenger Concept (actually Preview)

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  1. Philpug

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    SUBARU ASCENT SUV CONCEPT MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT THE 2017 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW​

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    Subaru Press Release:
    Subaru confirms future 3-row SUV will be named Subaru Ascent
    The Ascent will be powered by an all-new turbocharged DI Boxer Engine
    Ascent SUV Concept showcases 7 passenger interior

    NEW YORK - Subaru of America, Inc., which this month posted its 64th consecutive month of record-breaking sales, today made the world debut of the Subaru Ascent SUV Concept. The styling concept also confirms the name Ascent for the upcoming Subaru 3-row SUV. Both the design concept and the production Ascent will feature an all-new turbocharged direct injection boxer engine.

    The exterior design of the concept follows Subaru’s “Dynamic x Solid” theme with powerful fender flares representing Subaru’s all-wheel drive system and a large, bluff grille denoting a true SUV look. The interior of the concept features a flowing dashboard design and a 7-passenger configuration with center captain’s chairs.

    The Ascent production model will be based on a modified version of the Subaru Global Platform that debuted last year. The model will be built at Subaru of Indiana, Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana and will be sold exclusively in the North American market starting in 2018.

    Specifications:
    Body size: (Length x Width x Height) 198.8 x 78.3 x 72.4 inches
    Wheelbase: 117 inches
    Tire Size: 275/50 R21
    Seating Capacity: 7

     
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    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    Looks like its going to be quite expensive. Well north of $40k
     
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    I assume you mean a loaded one? The starting price will be well under that, it has to be.

    Chevy Traverse: $28,700
    Nissan Pathfinder: $30,290
    Honda Pilot: $30,595
    Toyota Highlander: $30,660
    Hyundai Santa Fe: $30,800
    Mazda CX-9: $31,520
    Ford Explorer: $31,660

    I think you can almost guarantee that the starting price will be right in that range. But yes, the top of the line is gonna be north of $40k for sure.
     
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  5. Tom K.

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    It will be interesting how Subaru's second attempt to move up in size and price from the Outback goes.

    Of my admittedly small sample of friends who own or have owned Outbacks, when they are ready to move up in size, they also seem ready to move up from Subaru.
     


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    The last one was ugly and has unusable back seat, so this one should do much better.

    I'm guessing the 2.4 turbo will be used in the next STi as well, and will be around 300 HP. So the 2.0 turbo is shared between Forester and WRX, and 2.4 is shared between Ascent and STi (both tuned for higher end HP in latter cases).
     
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    I am liking large pick-up trucks more and more, I need to move outta here! jajaja

    Seriously, The full size pick-ups have a huge tank (30+ Gallons) and even with the V8s they get 22mph on the highway. Put a liner and a hard cover on the truck bed and the toys are secure. :D

    So that might be my next vehicle instead of a large SUV... humm :huh::doh:
     
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    Hmmmmm ....
     
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    I see no reference to clearance ... looks a little lower than Outback? Yes/No?
     
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    jmeb Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior Skier

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    I don't want a crossover.

    I want a subie mini-van with 8" of clearance. The ultimate in utilitarian ski / camp cars.
     
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    I think the running boards make it look a little lower, but that pic is also the "concept" model.
     
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    kimmyt My Rack Is Bigger Than Yours Skier

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    You and like every family in Colorado!
     
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    21 inch wheels? That'll make the winter tire shopping pricey...
     
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    I do not understand why no one makes a high-clearance minivan.
     
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    I suppose limited market...just us mountain folks who want them.

    Until then...got to keep my lifted AWD Astro truckin'.
     
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    The new market is limited but the used market will be huge. ;)

    They would need to find a different name for it, any vehicle associated with the term "mini-van" has a death sentance. Any designer that brings up the work "mini-van" will be black balled in a manner akin to the McCarthy era.
     
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    That's the concept. I'm confident that the production version that we're going to see in LA won't come with those.
     
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    The Sequoia would be close in intent, no? Could a company build something like that but not quite so ridiculously gas-guzzling?
     
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    Car companies public-research the heck out of new vehicles...make noise it might be heard. Apparently, women drive the car design market...
     

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