2019 Subaru Ascent Three-Row Crossover Goes Into Production
Subaru Officially Starts Building Its Largest SUV
The first consumer example of the 2019 Subaru Ascent rolled off the company’s Indiana production line on Monday, marking the company’s return to the three-row crossover market.
The Ascent will make its first appearances on dealer showrooms within a couple months (Subaru says mid-2018). The company claims it has 4,500 orders on file already, and the Ascent has potential to expand the company’s sales significantly. Its Outback-plus styling and innovative turbocharged 2.4L flat-four will appeal to brand loyalists, while newcomers should appreciate its attractive and spacious interior.
Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA), the plant that will build the Ascent, marked the occasion with a visit from Subaru's canine brand ambassadors, the Barkleys. Furthermore, the manufacturing facility presented a $2,000 check to each of four local nonprofit organizations focused on animal welfare: Almost Home Humane Society, Loving Heart Animal Shelter, Natalie’s Second Chance No-Kill Dog Shelter, and North Central Indiana Spay & Neuter.
Developed exclusively for the North American market, the 2019 Ascent will be produced at the plant that also builds the Outback, Legacy, and Impreza. SIA, which is located in Lafayette, also built Subaru’s last attempt at a three-row crossover, the uniquely styled but commercially unloved Tribeca. The plant employs 5,600 people and builds more than 300,000 vehicles annually.
SIA produced its first vehicle in 1989, back when the plant was a joint venture between Subaru and Isuzu. Back then, it built the Isuzu P’up and Subaru Legacy, and over the years, SIA has produced the Isuzu Rodeo, Amigo, and Axiom, as well as the Toyota Camry and funky Subaru Baja.