A few years ago, the Japanese manufacturer came up with a three-row crossover for the first time. Meanwhile, we have seen a couple of minor updates, mostly in terms of new features. This particularly refers to the 2021 model year, which has recently arrived with a couple of new safety systems in the offer. Considering that this three-row SUV originally arrived as the 2019 model, the 2022 Subaru Ascent will represent the fourth model years. In Subaru’s schedule, this usually means bigger updates than usual. We could see things like mild styling updates, more standard equipment and similar tweaks.
These are just our predictions, while the company is still quiet on this matter. Therefore, take the following paragraphs with a reserve. Still, keep in mind that most of the design characteristics and features will remain the same as in the current model, which certainly has a lot of strong points. It features an excellent AWD system, powerful engines, a well-built and practical cabin, as well as a very long list of safety features. The 2022 Subaru Ascent should hit the market sometime late in the next year.
2022 Subaru Ascent Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the fourth production year is when Subaru usually brings a little bit more updates than usual. Therefore, many expect from the 2022 Subaru Ascent to come with a couple of notable updates. There’s a chance to see novelties in terms of the styling. Still, you should keep in mind that this Japanese manufacturer is extremely conservative when it comes to aesthetics. So, we certainly won’t see too many notable novelties. A couple of tweaks to the front fascia, along with new color options and wheels is what we expect to see from the 2022 Subaru Ascent.
On the other side, the overall layout will certainly remain the same. We are about to see the same mechanics, based on Subaru’s new modular architecture. Of course, the core of this SUV is the company’s excellent AWD system, while the suspension has been set up in a way that this crossover is more comfortable than agile. We presume that most drivers who need a family hauler will appreciate that.
Bigger changes on the inside probably won’t happen. Simply, the current model already features pretty amazing interior design. Its cabin isn’t just practical and functional, but also offers attractive aesthetics and a very high level in terms of materials and build quality. In addition, the list of standard features is pretty long, which certainly makes the dashboard look even more opulent.
Besides great overall quality, this cabin is also quite spacious. The first two rows are comfortable and spacious, while the third one is a little bit tighter. However, it still can accommodate adults on shorter trips. The cargo area also offers respectable numbers for the class. You may count on 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the last row, 47.5 cubic feet behind the second row, and 86.5 cubic feet behind the first-row seats. Also, we should mention that a power liftgate is standard.
We will probably see some novelties in terms of standard equipment but we also believe that most of the things will remain the same. Simply the current model is already pretty strong in this aspect. It comes standard with goodies like a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six speakers, satellite radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, tri-zone automatic climate control etc. Additionally, you can get a bigger 8-inch touch screen, as well as a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports in the third row, navigation and a premium audio system.
Things are even more impressive in terms of safety, as the current model comes standard with things like forward automatic emergency braking, pre-collision throttle management, adaptive cruise control, lane centering and lane keep assist, steering-responsive LED headlights, automatic high beams, lane departure and sway warning, a rearview camera, rear-seat reminder etc. The list of options includes goodies like reverse automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear-vision mirror camera, front-view camera and LED fog lights. We presume that some of these will become standard in the 2022 Subaru Ascent.
2022 Subaru Ascent Engine
Things under the hood will certainly remain the same. So, you may count on a quite potent 2.4-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 260 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent to all wheels through a CVT gearbox. Driving dynamics are great and you definitely won’t lack power in any situation.
When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are pretty impressive ratings for the class, especially if we consider the all-wheel-drive.
2022 Subaru Ascent Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2022 Subaru Ascent will hit the market sometime in the second half of 2021. We don’t expect a significant price increase, so base models should go around 32.500 dollars. Some of the key competitors are models like Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder etc.