THE ALL NEW 2019 ASCENT, THE LARGEST SUBARU EVER BUILT, IS A COMBINATION OF BRAND TRADEMARK OFF ROAD CAPABILITIES AND LUXURY REFINEMENTS
BY EVAN MONROE
Since Subaru, a then newly christened division of Fuji Heavy Industries, released its first model, the 1500, in 1954 and certainly in the four decades since Subaru of America was established in Philadelphia (later moving to Pennsauken, New Jersey, with a current headquarters in Cherry Hill) the brand has had a market sweet spot in the small to medium size bracket, particularly among buyers hungry for o road capability and rock ribbed durability.
The all new 2019 Ascent is a notable departure from that platform formula, however. At a 113.8 inch wheelbase the largest Subaru ever built (with three rows of seating bench or captain’s chairs in the second row), the full sized and U.S. made SUV is built on a strengthened and extended version of the maker’s Global Platform, one that features extensive use of high strength steel, with a focus on rigidity and vibration resistance. It is powered by a likewise all new 2.4 liter BOXER engine, hitched to a high torque Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and the legendary Symmetrical All Wheel Drive system. A twin scroll turbocharger and intercooler help kick out 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm. There’s also a broad torque curve that peaks at 277 lb.ft. over a 2,000 to 4,800 rpm range, which results in 5,000 pounds of towing capacity.
Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trim lines are available, and standard features include: Eye Sight system with automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist; a 6.5 inch multimedia touchscreen; Android Auto and Apple Car Play; four USB ports; three zone automatic climate control; automatic power door locks and power side mirrors; second row bench seat (in eight passenger layout); 18 inch aluminum alloy wheels; and a security system with engine immobilizer.
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