If there’s something missing from Subaru’s current Philippine lineup, then it has to be a seven-seat midsize SUV.
Locally, Subaru already offers the Forester, the XV, and the Outback for those looking for something comfortable in the city or capable off-road. Others who wish to downsize a bit can opt for the Levorg if they prefer wagons, or the Impreza or the Legacy if they don’t. For the select few who fancy performance-oriented vehicles, then there’s always the BRZ, the WRX, or the WRX STI. It’s already a wider selection than what other car brands have to offer, but it still doesn’t cater to what a lot of Filipinos need: a capable SUV with a bigger seating capacity.
This will soon change, however, as Motor Image Pilipinas (MIP) will be bringing in the largest Subaru ever built: the Subaru Ascent. This was confirmed by the chairman and managing director of Tan Chong International, Glenn Tan.
As of writing, the Japanese manufacturer is still in the process of homologating the vehicle for the local market, and has yet to release specific details on when the Ascent is set to arrive or the specs we will get, but we’ve been told to expect this SUV to officially land on Philippine shores sometime next year.
In the US, the seven-seat SUV comes with a 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine under its hood—and in case some of you miss the turbo on the previous Forester XT, this powertrain promises a similar experience, with peak numbers of 260hp and 376Nm of torque. The Ascent available in America also packs a plethora of stanard features, including Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and the EyeSight driver assist technology. It is also built on the new Subaru Global Platform, which aims to provide a quiet cabin and a comfortable ride.
We got our first look at the Subaru Ascent two years ago at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and it’s only a matter of time until we get to see the large SUV in the metal here in the Philippines. Do you think this will be a worthy competitor against the likes of the Honda Pilot and the Mazda CX-9?