Since it officially debuted two years ago at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Subaru Ascent has strictly been a North American market vehicle only. But soon, that exclusivity will come to an end. Subaru’s largest 7-seat crossover will officially be making its way to the South East Asian region. And yes, this includes the Philippines.
We’re not speculating with this bit of information as well. This was revealed by none other than Mr. Glenn Tan, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Tan Chong International Ltd., which happens to be the parent company of Motor Image Pilipinas. Though no official date was given, Tan says that they are already in the final stages of homologating the Ascent for the Philippine market.
With the homologation stages almost complete, it might not be long before Subaru’s largest vehicle yet officially debuts in the country. One of the biggest changes planned for the Ascent in the Philippines is the name. Tan added that the Ascent name may be dropped in the Philippine market in favor of a different model name. What that model name will be is still uncertain at the moment.
The Ascent is underpinned by the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) and packs a new turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four engine that produces 260 PS and 375 Nm of torque. Being a Subaru, Symmetrical All-wheel Drive is standard with the bonus of torque vectoring. Power is sent to all four-wheels via Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT.
Once the Subaru Ascent (or whatever it will be named locally) is officially launched in the Philippines, it will go up against the likes of the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Mazda CX-9.