If You Didn’t Buy Subaru Ascent Yet, 3 New Upgrades Are Coming
Subaru brought the largest vehicle they ever produced last year and it’s been a big hit with customers. Subaru needed a large SUV to give growing families trading in a Forester or Outback an option when they are ready to move up to a larger vehicle. The Ascent 3-Row family hauler was introduced last June and is now in its second year.
Subaru announced this week, the 2020 Ascent family hauler is coming this summer with a few new upgrades. Subaru also announced pricing for the 3-Row SUV, and the base model remains at $31,995, the same starting price as the previous model. The 2020 Ascent Premium trim gets a $200 price bump, the Limited trim gets a $350 increase and Touring models also go up $350. As with the first year model, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and X-Mode are standard across all trims along with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.
Rear Seat Reminder
Every year, an average of 37 children die trapped in hot cars, so new seat reminder systems are an extra level of safety for busy parents. For the 2020 model year, all Subaru Ascent trims will come with a new Rear Seat Reminder. The new feature will give the driver a reminder to check the rear seat before exiting the SUV. It’s designed to assist in preventing a child or a pet from accidentally being locked and trapped in the vehicle.
Subaru says the system will not be able to physically sense the presence of children or pets in the rear seat area, but it will turn on if one of the following conditions is met: the vehicle is started within 30 minutes after a rear side door is opened and closed; a rear side door is opened and closed when the vehicle is running and stationary; the vehicle is turned off and back on again within 30 minutes, and the rear side doors remained closed.
The Rear Seat Reminder will alert the driver with an audible sound after the vehicle is turned off and will display a warning message in the Combination Meter Display, reminding the driver to check the rear seat area. It could also be a good reminder to check for valuables or electronic devices left in plain sight after a shopping or road trip.
Also new for 2020, Ascent Premium trim and above will offer one-touch interior illumination on/off controls. A power rear gate lock option will also be available for the 2020 SUV.
The second-year Ascent is coming with a few upgrades and a small bump in price for the upper trim levels. The 2020 Subaru Ascent 3-Row Family hauler arrives at dealer showrooms this summer.
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