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Subaru's three-row Ascent enters series production

by Byron Hurd

Subaru adds its largest crossover to the production lineup.

Subaru announced Tuesday that series production of the all-new, three-row Ascent crossover has begun at its facility in Lafayette, Indiana. With assembly kicking off, the Ascent becomes the largest vehicle Subaru produces, and the fourth model built at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) facility in Lafayette.

"The Subaru Ascent is a great addition to our production line-up," said Tom Easterday, Senior Executive Vice President of SIA, in the announcement. "Production of this outstanding new family vehicle allowed us to create hundreds of new jobs at SIA, and also at our suppliers in Indiana and across the country."

The Ascent is Subaru's first large, three-row crossover and will be equipped with an all-new 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four engine producing 260 horsepower and 277lb-ft of torque--an engine which is expected to trickle down to other models in the near future.

Like other vehicles in the lineup, Ascent will feature standard all-wheel-drive with active torque vectoring. Additional standard equipment includes a second-row bench (making it an eight-seat configuration), power side mirrors, four USB ports, three-zone climate control and auto brake hold (similar to hill-hold for manual transmission vehicles).

Pricing will start at $32,970 (including a $995 destination fee). Fully loaded Touring models will top out just north of $45,000. Subaru's annual production target for SIA is 400,000 vehicles--a number equivalent to roughly 60 percent of its projected 2018 sales--split between Outback, Legacy, Impreza and now the Ascent.