Subaru has unveiled the new Ascent, a large SUV that can seat up to eight passengers, designed for the North American market, at the Los Angeles motor show.
The all-wheel drive machine is powered by a new 256bhp version of the Japanese firm’s 2.4-litre Boxer engine, and built on a new version of Subaru’s Global Platform that has been extended and strengthened. The Ascent was first shown at the New York motor show in January.
That platform features a ring-shaped reinforced frame design, developed to increase crash protection. It also features stiffened joints between structures tin increase stability, which Subaru says has resulted in improved handling and comfort and reduced road noise.
The Ascent has been designed as a ‘family-focused’ SUV, with up to nine seating configurations, depending on seating choices for the second and third row of seats. It has a wheelbase of 2890mm and up to 2055 litres of luggage capacity.
Inside, the Ascent gets Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system, with either a 6.5 or 8-inch touchscreen, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also features in-car Wi-Fi, along with eight USB ports and 19 cup holders.
There are understood to currently be no plans to bring the Ascent to the UK market.