The all-new family-sized 2019 Subaru Ascent 3-Row Crossover is coming next year and new details have surfaced. An unnamed source within Subaru told Torque News last year that Subaru would likely axe the 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine used in the discontinued Tribeca, and go with the more fuel-efficient boxer four. Now it’s been confirmed by our source with new information coming from an internal company communique not yet officially released.
Here’s what we know about the new engine powering the Ascent. The communique shows the new 3-Row Crossover will be launched in four trim levels and all will be powered by a new 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine. Our source told us it’s going to be a new twin-turbo engine that Subaru developed just for the all-new Ascent family hauler.
New-generation Subaru boxer engines
Subaru is upgrading all their current boxer gasoline engines to direct injection starting with their next-generation models. The technology will be standard in this new Ascent engine Subaru will roll out. Subaru will also add cylinder deactivation and lean combustion cycles in these engines by 2020. The Ascent 2.4-liter twin turbo four cylinder is their new-generation boxer engine developed specifically for this vehicle and likely won’t power any of their other models.
Here’s what else we know
The new 2019 Subaru Ascent will come in four trim levels for North American families. Standard model; Premium models with power rear gate, Keyless Access W/ Push button start, Automatic Dimming mirror, Reverse Braking, 20-inch wheels, Panorama Moonroof and Navigation with touch screen. The Limited models will upgrade with a Harmon/Kardon premium audio system plus Panorama Moonroof and Navigation with touch screen. Subaru will also offer the Ascent in a top-of -the-line Touring trim with upgraded interior.
Sources reveal the new 3-Row 2019 Subaru Ascent will be powered by an all-new 2.4-liter twin-turbo Direct Injection Boxer engine. We don’t know how much power the new-generation Subaru boxer engine will develop, but it will have more power and offer improved fuel-efficiency over their current naturally aspirated 2.5-liter powerplants in the Forester and Outback. Subaru will unveil the all-new production Ascent at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with the first vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms next spring. Stay tuned.
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