Subaru reveals Ascent 7-seat SUV with turbo boxer engine

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Unlike a typical seven-seater, the centre row features two captains' seats, with three-abreast seating in the third row.

Subaru has not had a three-row ute since the Tribeca was killed off in 2014. If they carry over to production, those figures would put the Ascent within spitting distance of the VW Atlas, which sits on a 117.3-inch wheelbase and stretches 198.3 inches in length.

A bright and airy cabin in the Subaru Ascent concept, thanks to a panoramic moonroof.

The Subaru Ascent SUV Concept is, so the name insists, only a design study for now.

The 3-row Ascent made its debut at the 2017 NY auto show alongside the redesigned 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and updated 2018 Subaru Outback. Some of these features will likely make it to the final auto.

The Ascent will next be seen in its production version at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December this year. Expect Subaru to employ a continuously variable automatic transmission as the middleman between the engine and the drive wheels. The engine will also feature direct injection and power all four wheels. Also reflecting Subaru's current "Dynamic x Solid" design language, the Ascent's bolder, SUV-flavored front fascia with a prominent grille set off by signature C-shaped "hawk-eye" headlamps leads back onto a more crisply defined profile punctuated by boldly flared fenders. The model will be built at Subaru of Indiana, Inc.in Lafayette, Indiana and will be sold exclusively in the North American market starting in 2018. Pricing and exact release date will come closer to launch.

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