Images of the largest model Subaru appeared in the database of the Chinese patent office.
Crossover Ascent debuted in the fall of 2017 at the Auto Show in Los Angeles. In Subaru, the all-terrain vehicle was initially positioned as a model developed only for North America. However, the cross can still reach other markets. Thus, images of SUV appeared in the database of the patent office of China. It is possible that Subaru simply defends its intellectual property rights, but the Chinese media believe that the issue has already been resolved – Ascent will be sold in China. True, the exact timing of the appearance of the cross in this country is still unknown.
Ascent is built on the modular platform SGP (Subaru Global Platform), which also underlies the last Impreza and XV. Front of the new SUV – McPherson strut, rear – multi-link suspension. The crossover is the largest Subaru model in the history of the brand: the Ascent length is 4,998 mm, the width is 1,930 mm, the height is 1,819 mm, the wheelbase is 2,890 mm, the ground clearance is 220 mm. In the United States, the base version is an eight-seat version (three seats in the second and third rows), and in the expensive trim levels in the second row there are separate captain’s chairs.
The model is equipped with a petrol four-cylinder turbo 2.4 with a power of 260 hp, which works in tandem with a variator. Ascent – proprietary all-wheel drive transmission Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
Production of the all-terrain vehicle is arranged at the American plant Subaru in Indiana, which also produces Legacy, Outback and Impreza. In the US, “live” sales model start this summer, the price – from $ 31,995 (excluding taxes and shipping)
Let’s note, in China things at Subaru go unimportantly. According to the CarSalesBase portal, in 2017 in the Middle Kingdom, about 30,000 Japanese cars were sold, which is 35% less than a year earlier (in the USA, for example, in 2017 almost 648,000 Subaru cars were sold). Low figures are probably due to the fact that Subaru imports cars to the PRC, that is, their prices are higher than those of competitors. If Ascent really will deliver to this country, then because of the high price it is unlikely to become a formidable rival of Volkswagen Teramont and Toyota Highlander local assembly.