Subaru’s flagship SUV has been around for a while and we have no doubt that the Japanese manufacturer won’t rush with updates. We already know that the 2021 Subaru Ascent is coming with just a couple of minor updates. Still, things in the future shouldn’t be much different either. For the next year, the company will expand the already impressive list of standard safety features. Other than that, things are about to remain the same.
This means you may count on a super-versatile SUV, which offers a hi-quality and super-practical cabin, but also comes with excellent AWD system and high ground clearance, which make it pretty capable off the road as well. Things under the hood are also about to remain the same, so you may count on a pretty potent turbo-four, which is quite efficient at the same time. Given the lack of bigger changes, the 2021 Subaru Ascent will hit the market in a typical time of year.
2021 Subaru Ascent Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2021 Subaru Ascent definitely won’t change in terms of base design characteristics. This is still a pretty fresh model on the market, which features Subaru’s latest design solutions and features. Of course, we are talking about the company’s latest, modular platform, which underprints pretty much every contemporary Subaru model. Besides improved handling and driving characteristics, this architecture also has a great impact on the overall efficiency.
In terms of the exterior design, this is a typical Subaru, full of conservative design solutions. Still, the SUV actually looks pretty attractive and that full load of conservative design solutions will definitely keep it looking fresh for years. Furthermore, we really like the fact that this SUV features notably higher ground clearance compared to rivals, which combined with the company’s famous all-wheel drive, makes it a pretty capable off-roader as well.
Changes on the inside aren’t expected either. The 2021 Subaru Ascent will carry on with the same interior design, though some sources suggest the company might offer new leather upholstery. In any case, the overall layout will certainly remain the same. This means you may count on a nice-looking cabin, which is full of quality materials. The dashboard also looks very good, while the amount of storage compartments and cupholders is really impressive.
The Ascent isn’t the biggest SUV in the class. Subaru designers were looking for something versatile. So, some rivals offer more space on the inside, Still, that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy riding in this one. Moreover, the sound insulation is excellent, while the first two rows are quite generous in terms of space. When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 17.8 cubic feet behind the rearmost seat, 47.5 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and up to 86.5 of the overall cargo volume. Those are above-average numbers for the class.
The biggest novelties for the next year are coming in the form of new standard safety features. The list is already impressive and includes things like forward automatic emergency braking, pre-collision throttle management, adaptive cruise control, lane departure, head-up display and more. For the next year, you may count on the addition of things like advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering and lane-keep assist, swiveling LED headlights with high-beam assist and a new seatbelt warning system.
In terms of tech goodies, we don’t expect particular changes for the next year. So, you may count on goodies like a 6.5-inch touch screen, four USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six speakers, satellite radio, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Additionally, you can get goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, 14-speaker audio system, additional USB ports, a household-style power outlet, remote engine start, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a panoramic moonroof and many more.
2021 Subaru Ascent Engine
Things under the hood will certainly remain the same. You may count on the company’s new 2.4-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. That amount of power is pretty much on par with V6 rivals, and the obvious benefit of this engine is a pretty impressive fuel economy. With this SUV, you may count on about 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. These are above-average numbers for the class. This sounds even more impressive if we consider that this SUV comes standard with AWD.
As you know Subaru Corporation officially joined the Toyota group. According to the suvsreviews.com, the Forester is first in the line for the Toyota Hybrid System technology. We expect Subaru Ascent to get a hybrid engine in the coming years. However, many sources state that it is very unlikely for this Subaru three-row 7-seater SUV to get a hybrid drive before 2030.
2021 Subaru Ascent Release Date and Price
Given the lack of changes, the 2021 Subaru Ascent will come in a typical time of year. This would mean sometime this fall. Due to new safety features, the price will be slightly higher and it will start around 33.350 dollars, which would be around 300 dollars more compared to the current model year. Key competitors are models like Honda Pilot, VW Atlas, Mazda CX-9 etc.