Subaru is giving its Ascent a design update for 2023, and adding more technology to keep the three-row SUV up to date with the competition.
Visually, those looking for differences from the outgoing Ascent will mostly find them at both ends. The grille and headlights have been modified, with a horizontal bar running through them that houses the Subaru badge. Changes were also made to the lower end of the bumpers. The effect is to create a more aggressive looking SUV. Out back, Subaru gave the Ascent new C-shaped taillights for 2023.
On the security front, buyers receive the latest version of the EyeSight system as standard. A new wide-angle camera is now in place to provide a wider view of what’s going on around the vehicle, as we’ve seen in the new 2023 Outback and Legacy editions. The EyeSight suite now also includes Emergency Steering Assist, which works with the Pre-Collision Braking feature to avoid collisions when traveling below 80 km/h.
The Ascent also receives a 360-degree panoramic camera that allows you to see all around the vehicle, to facilitate parking maneuvers, for example.
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Inside, a larger standard screen awaits buyers, with dimensions increasing from the previous 6.5 or 8 inches to 11.6 inches, and it’s oriented vertically. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay wireless connectivity is now included as standard.
The navigation system now includes the what3words feature, which also debuted on the 2023 Legacy and Outback models and which allows the system to find any location on the globe by choosing three words (the right three words, of course ). Subaru also promises better communication between the front row and those behind, thanks to Cabin Connect, which features a microphone connected to the speakers of the harmon-kardon audio system (in some versions).
The Onyx Edition introduced last year is back, and it’s been upgraded with green stitching and a panoramic sunroof. Its X-mode system has also been updated to offer two new functions (Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud) to optimize performance in specific conditions.
For the rest, the new Ascent retains the same 2.4-litre turbo engine as before; paired with a CVT with manual mode, it still delivers 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, as well as a towing capacity of 2,270 kg. Need we add that Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system is back.
Pricing for the 2023 Subaru Ascent, which will be available in five trim levels, Convenience, Touring, Onyx, Limited and Premier, is expected to be announced closer to the SUV’s fall launch date.
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