Subaru is getting again into the 7-seat SUV enterprise, and we’re getting nearer to seeing the automotive they’ll do it with. The Subaru Ascent SUV Idea is, so the title insists, solely a design research for now. Look past the automotive present glitz, nevertheless, and you discover the core styling of the brand new Subaru Ascent, which might be headed to dealerships in 2018.

It’s been some time since Subaru had a 7-seat possibility. The final automotive, the little-loved Subaru Tribeca, ceased manufacturing for the US on the finish of 2012, having set a questionable file as one of many poorest promoting automobiles within the nation. Rumors of a alternative with a extra upscale target market have continued since then.

The result’s this – or one thing very prefer it. Not like the Subaru Viziv-7 idea which the automaker displayed on the LA Auto Present final 12 months, the Ascent SUV Idea is an entire lot nearer to what the manufacturing automotive will appear like. Even the title might be carried over, with Subaru confirming this week on the New York Worldwide Auto Present that its upcoming mannequin might be named the Ascent.

Measurement-wise, the Ascent SUV Idea is 198.Eight-inches lengthy, 78.Three-inches broad, and 72.Four-inches excessive, with a wheelbase 117-inches in size. That makes it noticeably much like Volkswagen’s Atlas which we drove earlier this month, and certainly the target market is prone to be cross-shopping the 2. Whereas VW has used current engines from its lineup for the Atlas, Subaru has an all-new engine within the works.

That might be a brand new, turbocharged direct injection boxer engine. Apart from that the automaker is taking part in the small print near its chest, although we do know the manufacturing Ascent could have all-wheel drive, identical to the Outback and different Subaru fashions. Beneath, it’ll be constructed on a tweaked model of the Subaru International Platform introduced in 2016; that guarantees a decrease middle of gravity and better rigidity, for a extra inspiring driving expertise.

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We will’t assist however marvel what else Subaru has deliberate for its new turbocharged engine. WRX fans are at all times clamoring for extra energy and fewer turbo-lag, and a modified model of the brand new engine would appear like a reasonably apparent candidate.

As is so typically the case, it’s the inside the place we’re anticipating Subaru’s manufacturing Ascent to vary most noticeably from the Ascent SUV Idea. The dashboard, with its metallic and full leather-based wrapping, is prone to change to extra plastic, although the core structure will most likely keep a lot the identical. Nonetheless, don’t anticipate touchscreen window controls within the doorways to make it by to dealerships, and the flush exterior door handles most likely received’t get the green-light from Subaru’s accountants both.

Nonetheless, it’s a good-looking SUV, and Subaru continues to promote nicely to a faithful viewers. Even solely promoting the Lafayette, Indiana-built Ascent in North America, it’s unlikely to have issues shifting this largest mannequin, particularly if it may well provide a extra car-like expertise on the street. Pricing and precise launch date will come nearer to launch.

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