Subaru’s Ascent SUV Receives 2023 Refresh; Styling, Safety, Technology
Subaru has highlighted changes being made for the 2023 Ascent SUV, receiving new looks, more safety features, and updated technology.
All Ascents will sport a new front fascia, incorporating a more pronounced grille with a horizontal brow bearing the Subaru stars, bookended by redesigned LED headlights. Beneath those are new air ducts, improving undercarriage airflow. The side profile is largely untouched and features the same greenhouse. The rear end is also very similar; the most noticeable change is the C-shaped “Konoji” taillights.
The interior sees some impressive tech upgrades. For example, all 2023 Ascents boast a tablet-style 11.6-inch infotainment display, which controls multimedia, climate control and various vehicle settings. With it comes wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto, keeping drivers connected with the outside world. Keeping them connected to their third-row occupants is an available Cabin Connect feature; when activated, the driver’s voice is picked up by an overhead console microphone and relayed through the rear speakers.
Standard on all models is the latest version of Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite. This updated version utilizes a wider field of view, updated control software and an electric brake booster in order to operate more smoothly and under a greater range of conditions. An additional camera, the Wide-Angle Mono Camera, is also standard, working with the dual-camera Eyesight suite for enhanced safety.
Five trim levels will be available at launch: Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, and the all-new Onyx Edition. This level sits between Premium and Limited; as the name suggests, the Onyx Edition is defined by blacked out badgining, trim pieces and 20-inch wheels. The seat covers are made of StarTex water-repellent material, held together by green contrast stitching.
The Subaru Ascent is still powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER 4-cylinder producing 260 horsepower for the standard all-wheel drive system. The 2023 rendition is expected to reach dealerships this fall.