Last fall, Subaru unveiled the three-row SUV concept dubbed the Viziv-7 at the LA Auto Show. Now, Subaru has refined that design into a new three-row SUV concept called the Ascent, which was unveiled this week at the New York Auto Show.
Unlike the Viziv-7, a concept car dream that will never be made, the Ascent is family vehicle that will actually make it into production. Think of the Ascent as the evolution of the Viziv-7. It’s much smaller than the sizable Viziv-7 at just 198.8 inches long. The overall dimensions for the Ascent concept are eerily similar to the recently announced Volkswagen Atlas. Both can fit up to seven passengers. For comparison, the Viziv-7 concept was originally 204.7 inches in length, while the Atlas is 198.3 inches.
Powering the Ascent is a turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four engine with direct injection. It will also have all-wheel drive, like most Subarus do, but the exact horsepower wasn’t announced. It will come with a continuously variable automatic transmission.
The Ascent has a sweet exterior and interior
The design of the Ascent is also quite pleasing. While not as gaudy as the Viziv-7, the large front grill pairs really well with Konoji daytime running lights. The exterior design has some sleek lines that give it a flowing look.
The Ascent’s interior is also really nice. The car carries a beautiful aesthetic with white leather seats and a brown dashboard. There are also screens everywhere. The instrument cluster is all digital and the center display features a funky design that incorporates actual nobs within the display. There is also a second smaller display in front of the second row for the back passengers.
Both the front and second row come with bucket seats for better comfort. The car also comes with a panoramic sunroof, giving it a stylistic touch.
Subaru didn’t announce when the Ascent would be made, though the automaker indicated it could come out next year.