TMR Team | Apr 13, 2017

Subaru has - at long last - unveiled the SUV destined to replace its ill-fated seven-seat Tribeca, with the Ascent Concept on display at the New York Auto Show.

Details of the new model are limited, with Subaru remaining surprisingly coy about the new vehicle which is destined to become a key part of the Japanese automaker’s North American lineup.

The production version of the Ascent will become the third model to ride on the Subaru Global Platform modular chassis that already underpins the Impreza and its closely related XV crossover cousin.

It is powered by an all-new turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine but the company hasn't revealed any technical details of the engine including its capacity or performance.

Subaru has been more forthcoming with the Ascent Concept’s dimension, and despite the somewhat compact looks, it’s no compact SUV at 5050mm long, 1990mm wide, and 1840mm tall, with a 2970mm wheelbase making it larger in every direction than key competitors such as the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Kluger.

The seven-seat concept is fitted with three rows of seats in a somewhat-unusual layout with two seats each in the front and middle rows, and a three-place rear bench, hinting that the final production model could possibly offer an eight-seat layout (like the Kluger does in the USA) with the addition of a middle bench seat.

Despite the surging popularity of SUVs in Australia, and around the world, the Ascent is destined to be kept within the confines of North America when it goes on sale in 2018, with production taking place at Subaru’s Lafayette, Indiana factory in left hand drive only.

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