Subuaru going to new heights with the Ascent SUV concept

With Volkswagen adding the Atlas and existing SUV makers like Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Honda, and others all putting greater emphasis on the large utility segment, Subaru felt compelled to respond. The new Ascent - the production version - will only be offered in North America, where Subaru is anyways doing great. But the paint and wheel are a little too good to be true.

The Ascent production model will be based on a modified version of the Subaru Global Platform that debuted past year. Keep in mind these are the concept's dimensions, so there could be some changes for the production vehicle.

Subaru has been without a three-row SUV since it pulled the plug on the Tribeca in 2014. Despite a 117.0-inch wheelbase and 78.3-inch width that closely parallel the dimensions of the Viziv-7, the Ascent measures 198.8 inches nose to tail, making it roughly a half foot shorter.

As do all Subarus save for the BRZ sports auto, the Ascent will come standard with all-wheel drive.

At the front it gets Subaru's latest face, with a large angular grille flanked by two sleek C-shaped headlamps.

Around the back, a light strip running the width of the bootlid connects the c-shaped taillights, and hexagonal LED lights similar to the pair on the front of the auto appear on the rear bumper. Massive 21-inch two-tone alloy wheels provide the Ascent with a strong stance.

Plenty of design elements - such as the use of carbon fibre for protective cladding - will be toned down for the eventual production version. The technical details are sparse at the moment as the Ascent is still technically just a "concept" but unlike the wild Visiv-7 that we saw in LA, the Ascent looks very much production ready. A release in the United Kingdom seems pretty unlikely. The seven-seat interior features an angled portrait-oriented central display screen that looks fairly ergonomic. Let is know below...

  • Arturo Norris