The exterior design builds on the Japanese carmaker's "Dynamic x Solid" philosophy, incorporating things like the signature hexagonal grille and C-shaped headlights. These are complemented by prominent wheel arches, flared sills, and flowing character lines which cut an imposing figure.
Inside, you get 4,347L of passenger volume and an impressive 2,056L for cargo. It comes with eight USB charging ports, a 120V power outlet behind the center console, and an astonishing 19 beverage holders. A bench seat in the second row comes standard to fit up to eight passengers, while higher trims come with the option of captain seats. Entertainment comes via a 6.5in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which can go up to 8in in the more premium variants.
Powering all this SUV goodness is a turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer engine that generates 260hp and 376Nm. This is paired to a Lineartronic CVT with paddle shifters. And yes, it comes in all-wheel drive. Safety tech from the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite includes automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.
The Ascent will be made and sold in the US starting next year in four variants (base, Premium, Limited, and Touring). Is this something you'd like to see on our shores?