Subaru has debuted the refreshed 2023 Ascent for the US market. Locally, we call it the Evoltis so it could mean that we could be getting the upgrades and new features of the facelifted unit.
The 2023 model will be available in 5 trim levels. These are the Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. The new SUV will hit US dealerships in the fall of this year.
The Ascent will continue to be powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine. It makes 260 PS with 375 Nm of torque and is mated to a high-torque Lineartronic CVT with an 8-speed manual mode complete with paddle shifters.
The powertrain allows up to 2,267 kg of towing capability with Trailer Stability Assist as standard. In true Subaru fashion, the Ascent comes with Symmetrical AWD, X-Mode, and Active Torque Vectoring. With 221 mm of ground clearance, it delivers off-road capability while maintaining a comfy low step-in height for passenger entry.
Bigger tech updates have been implemented as well. The 2023 Ascent will come with the latest version of EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. A wide-angle mono camera will now become standard across all trim levels. Subaru’s Surround View Monitor, which shows a 360-degree overhead view, adds to the enhanced safety features.
All models will also come with automatic emergency steering, blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert. This safety system can help steer to avoid collisions with the system working at speeds of up to 80 km/h.
The infotainment system uses an 11.6-inch screen and is standard across the Ascent lineup. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will both be wireless and will be included in the package as standard for easier and faster pairing of mobile devices.
The most noticeable update is the new overall look of the front face. A new set of redesigned headlights combined with a prominent grille gives the SUV an aggressive look compared to the outgoing model. Revamped foglights and a restyled lower grille complete the new bumper. New air ducts which improve the flow of air going under the vehicle are now more pronounced. For the rear, new C-shaped taillights give the SUV a more assertive look.
The updated Onyx edition will feature more in-car tech like navigation, Subaru’s intercom system called Cabin Connect, a 12-way adjustable driver’s seat, second-row sun shades, heated outboard rear seats, and more. Subaru will even throw in 20-inch black wheels and unique badges.
Pricing has not been announced but Subaru normally divulges it near the vehicle’s on-sale date.
As seen in the pics from Subaru, the updates are a nice improvement to the company’s 7-seater offering. We are keeping our fingers crossed, that we get these updates to the PH-spec Evoltis as well.