With the recent introduction of the three-row Ascent for the 2019 model year, Subaru is back in the large SUV game after the discontinuation of the Tribeca SUV. The Ascent is the brand’s largest model ever designed with versatility, comfort and safety in the mind. The model comes with standard eight-seat setup and can tow up to 5, 000 pounds. The all-wheel drive is also standard and power provides a turbocharged BOXER engine. The model is also equipped with active safety tech from the start.
Subaru made just a few changes to the 2020 version and the next 2021 Subaru Ascent is also expected with no major modifications. The model will come with the mixed equipment and more standard features should be available. No signs appeared that Subaru will offer an alternative powertrain.
2021 Subaru Ascent: Design
The freshly designed Subaru Ascent is expected to enter the 2021 model year with minimal changes in the equipment organization. There won’t be any significant modification until the mid-cycle update and even then, we should not expect radical changes.
The 2021 Subaru Ascent will remain in the same form visually and structurally as the current version. The model is based on the Subaru Global Platform which debuted on the Impreza sedan and in this case the wheelbase is stretched to 113.8 inches while model measures 196.8 inches in length.
Visually, the Ascent applies the brand’s newest design language previewed by the VIZIV-7 Concept at the 2017 LA Auto Show. The model comes with the brand’s signature grille and hawkish headlights. The sculpted hood and chiseled side panel lines make it more appealing to the eye and hide its large proportions. The rear features conservative style and attention get nice taillights connected with the chrome stripe.
The model will come on the 18-inch alloy wheels in its base version while 20-inch units will appear in the upper grades. There will be a new wheel and body color options for the next Ascent.
The three-row Ascent gets high marks for its versatile interior and high-quality materials. The model also provides significant cargo capacity and comfort for seven adults. When configured to transport eight passengers the third row will be suitable for the kinds.
The Ascent comes also well-equipped from the base version. The base Ascent will include automatic headlights, tri-zone climate control and STARLINK infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility. The safety of passengers is also the brand’s priority and the family hauler will come with standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The standard safety list includes automatic pre-collision braking, active lane control and adaptive cruise control. The surround vision system and blind-spot monitoring will appear in the upper grades.
Skipping the base version will add the heated driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Wi-Fi hotspot, upgraded multimedia, and several package options. The package options will include a sunroof, 20-inch wheels, navigation and more.
In the top grades, the Ascent will switch to the leather upholstery, Harman Kardon sound system, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, etc.
2021 Subaru Ascent: Performance
All chances are that 2021 Subaru Ascent will return with the single powertrain. A new-design 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER four-cylinder engine provides 260 hp and torque of 277 pound-feet. The pair with the engine will again be a high-torque Lineartronic continuously variable transmission. The part of the drivetrain is also standard and proven Symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
The standard all-wheel drive system combined with 8.7-inch ground clearance will ensure all-weather traction and modest off-road capability. The model can tow up to 5, 000 pounds.
The fuel economy of the model will remain at the current level. The all-wheel drive Ascent will return 21 mpg city and 27 highways or 23 mpg combined. However, with the 20-inch wheels, these numbers should decline for 1 mpg.
2021 Subaru Ascent: Release, Price
The mid-size 2021 Subaru Ascent will appear around the mid-2020. The price should continue in the vicinity of the current range. The current Ascent starts from $31, 955. The top-tier version should demand about $45, 000.
The Subaru Ascent is challenged by some of the most popular names in the industry. The model is an alternative to the Honda Pilot, Chevy Traverse, Toyota Highlander and Dodge Durango.