Subaru Ascent Concept Lands In NY To Preview 3-Row Production SUV

Subaru has confirmed that their upcoming 3-row SUV will be called the Ascent, and that it will feature an all-new turbocharged direct injection boxer engine, just like this concept.

Derived directly from the Viziv-7 concept which premiered at the 2016 LA Auto Show, the Ascent holds on to the Viziv-7’s “Dynamic x Solid” design theme, boasting powerful fender flares and a large bluff grille to give it that imposing SUV look.

As for the interior, this concept has a flowing dashboard design and a 7-passenger configuration with center captain’s chairs. Every surface, aside from the multi-function steering wheel, seems to have touch-sensitive controls – including the door panels, which is a pretty unique feature.

We also can’t help but notice the floating design of the dual-panel infotainment system, with one gigantic display for the main screen as well as the climate controls. Then there’s another, smaller display on top, plus a digital instrument panel. It’s unlikely this type of futuristic dashboard will make it into a MY2018 car, but Subaru would be wise to keep it on ice for future models.

The production Ascent will be riding on a modified version of Subaru’s Global Platform which the automaker debuted last year, and will be built at Subaru of Indiana, in Lafayette, Indiana.

Also important to note is that the Ascent Concept is slightly smaller than the Viziv-7, measuring 198.8 inches (5,049 mm) in length, 78.3 inches (1,989 mm) in width and 72.4 inches (1,839 mm) in height. It’s wheelbase measures 117 inches (2,972 mm) and the tire size is 275/50 R21.

Subaru will sell the production-ready Ascent exclusively in North America starting in 2018. Until then, you can visit the 2017 New York Auto Show in order to see the Ascent Concept in person.


  • Adi

    Toyota Highlander is this you?

    • xDRAN0x

      totally! and its good news IMO

    • Mark S

      Vison Works is that you?

    • WG

      I also see GMC in the front…

  • Dennis Scipio

    The Side Profile reminds me of a Nissan Rogue but stretched of course.

    • Althea Later

      Finally… someone on the internet spelled Rogue correctly… instead of the word for makeup, woman (and some men) use on their cheeks.

  • ctk4949

    Looks good. Too bad Subaru will make it look boring once it comes out.

    • Mill0048

      Sadly it’s probably true. Subaru somehow figures out ways to out-beige Toyota.

      • Ineed911

        “out-beige” – I just need you to know that I am going to use this expression for the next 12 months…

    • Bob

      Yea. They’re notorious for taking a lovely concept and vanilla-ing the f*ck out of it.

  • Mark S

    Looks very promising. Lots of glass, I appreciate that. I can not wait to hear more about the new engine. I would like to see a rear seat delete with a second row bench. This would also make for a very interesting Honda Ridgeline competitor, say a 5 foot bed with a tail gate extender.

  • RP

    I like it. Looks better that last year’s Viziv-7 concept. Was hoping it would be available sooner though. Am ready to buy.

  • WG

    Oh no, when Subaru concept looks legit like a production-ready car, that means the actual production car is gonna be much more boring.

  • MP4-12C

    I have been thinking recently about why Subaru doesn’t have a larger SUV in its lineup. And now here it is!

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    i like these boring designs of subaru

  • Rich Money

    Honda Pilot with cartoon fender bulges.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Lovely interior! The screens for the controls on the armrests, however…

  • The Watcher

    Geez. I just fell a sleep.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    Looks good. The production version will carry the corporate face that the new Subies currently have.

  • Althea Later

    Looks like an overweight Outback sneezed with it’s mouth closed.
    Touchscreens for the window controls? Enough. Already. Please. No. No. No.
    Let’s see if it will really have an 8-10 way power passenger seat. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Brownsville#72

    I have 08 Outback will trade it in for this Ascent ASAP

  • Subaru, What Have you Done?

    Daaammmnnn, this is a Subaru? This looks terrific!

  • Texbob

    Come on Subaru. You can do it!

  • badcyclist

    I do not understand why my comment (finally posted immediately above) was blocked for four hours, while the moderators pondered whether to allow it. Was there a chance that some overly sensitive dogs might be offended?

    Well, now it’s gone again. You guys are brutal. I really would like to hear what bothered you (or your computer) about my post, because I can’t see anything that is the least bit objectionable. It’s as offensive as a 1950s Disney movie.

  • badcyclist

    I hope that Subaru doesn’t only offer captain’s chairs in the second row. As a dog-friendly company, that would be a serious mistake. It took Highlander years to correct the same oversight in their higher-end trims. The space between those seats is Broken Leg Alley.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I don’t like it enough to pick it over a Mazda CX-9, or even Subaru’s own Forester. But it’s a great start.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      mazda cx9 is really stunning.

  • Jp

    Well let’s not be fooled, my friends. While this concept looks pretty good, Subaru has a reputation for ruining their concepts into solid, but boring looking production cars. 🙁

  • dumblikeyou2

    Underwhelming interior. And this is the “concept” no less

  • klowik

    It looks close to a real production car except they will change the headlight and tail light to something like the new Impreza. They put 3 seats in the 3rd row, I think it’s a good idea. it’s more convenient for the 3rd row passenger to come out without folding down the seat in the 2nd row.


  • Bash

    Very interesting.

  • Harry_Wild

    CVT with 4 cylinder turbo only! No V6!