Last year, we reported that the Subaru Ascent would be making its way to the Philippines sometime in the future. We also learned that the large 7-seater SUV would take on a different name for the region. Now, it seems that we have learned of its name, and also when it will be arriving in the country.
At the on-going 2020 Singapore Motor Show, it was announced that the Subaru Ascent will be renamed as the Evoltis for the Philippine market. Better yet, it will also be arriving much sooner than we thought. When? Well, according to Motor Image, Subaru’s largest vehicle yet is set to make its local debut in August 2020.
Prior to its upcoming launch in the Philippines and other neighboring countries, the Ascent or Evoltis has strictly been sold in the North American market. It made its global debut in 2017 and is the biggest model offered by Subaru to date. It is underpinned by the Subaru Global Platform and packs a 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four engine that produces 260 PS and 375 Nm of torque. The Ascent being a Subaru, Symmetrical All-wheel Drive is standard with torque vectoring. A Lineartronic CVT then sends power to all-four wheels.
Styling-wise, it looks somewhat like its smaller stablemate, the Forester. Upfront, there’s the signature hexagonal grill paired with the sharp up-swept headlights. Black bodying cladding all around give the 7-seater SUV a more rugged look. At the rear, there’s a large tailgate flanked by a pair of inverted ‘L’ shaped taillights.
Inside, the Ascent features the familiar dashboard seen in the newest Subaru models with a multi-info display front and center. A variety of interior color choices are available in the US market. At the moment, it is uncertain whether we will get the same specs and features as the one offered in North America.
The pricing of the Evoltis has yet to be announced, but what we know is that it will likely be made in Indiana, USA. Once launched the Evoltis is set to go up against the likes of the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Mazda CX-9.