Subaru Ascent 7-seat SUV previewed again, shows seating layout

November 22, 2017

Subaru has sent out another teaser of its upcoming Ascent 7-seat SUV before its big Los Angeles auto show debut next week. This time we get more of a look at the body profile and the interior.

Confirmed in the image is a unique seating layout with three seats in the third row and two in the middle row. This is a trend sometimes seen in MPVs. It’s unknown if the layout will be optional of just the standard configuration.

Other details seen include sculpted wheel arches front and rear, full-length roof rails, and what look to be nice big clear windows. It’s all set to be inspired by the Viziv-7 concept, in terms of design, and you can just see the latest C-shape LED-infused headlights like on the current Impreza.

Powertrain specs are still a little hazy but some reports are predicting the Ascent will debut an all-new turbocharged engine. The engine will apparently adopt direct injection and could produce north of 200kW.

Power will then be sent through Subaru’s renowned all-wheel drive system. We hope not, but before it gets to the axles the power will probably work its way through a CVT automatic. All automatic Subaru vehicles currently on the market use a CVT, which is quite disappointing especially in the WRX and Levorg. For this 7-seater it probably won’t be much of a concern to buyers.

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Subaru hasn’t said much in the statement that accompanies this image, simply confirming that it will be Subaru’s “first three-row SUV”, promising to be “family-sized, versatile and capable”. All will be revealed on November 28.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.