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LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW: 2019 Subaru Ascent

After missing the target in the midsize, three-row SUV segment a few years ago with the poor Tribeca, Subaru is back with the all-new Ascent 2019 unveiled yesterday in Los Angeles.

Subaru Ascent 2019

The 2019 Subaru Ascent has a very specific goal: to keep Forester and Outback owners in the fold of the brand when kids become teenagers and their space requirements change as a result. The new Ascent will therefore take its place at the top of the Subaru range in terms of size and price when it enters the market next summer.

Capable of accommodating seven or eight passengers depending on the version, the 2019 Subaru Ascent also offers several added features to appeal to families. Examples include a 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a 120-volt outlet, eight USB ports and 19 cupholders. Yes, 19 cupholders. If you were looking for evidence that the Ascent was designed with the US market in mind, here it is.

Subaru also made sure to make its SUV more versatile and ensure it offers enough space to compete with the established models in the class. Subaru promises dimensions and capabilities that are equal to or better than most models in the segment, and the Japanese manufacturer has also added plenty of storage space at various locations in the cabin, as well as ensuring the door sill is low enough to facilitate access for children.

Subaru also claims that the doors will offer the largest opening in the segment (75 degrees) to facilitate the loading of objects or the entry and exit of passengers.

Under the hood, the 2019 Subaru Ascent will be powered by an all-new 2.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine producing 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque at just 2,000 rpm. The advertised towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.

Subaru being quite concerned with safety, the 2019 Subaru Ascent will come standard with the full suite of active safety systems found in the Eyesight package, and of course the brand’s symmetrical AWD system will be standard.

Pricing for the new Ascent will be announced in a few months.

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