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for those who are lazy to click here are the pics from the link

















 

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so Ascent is the name, weird as it looks exactly like a tribeca and very little like the concept 7 that they had.

By the looks of it, the car is finished and since it will be revealed at NYC in a couple of weeks its a no surprise.

What kinda does surprise me is how dated it already looks, maybe its just me but it screams 2012 not 2018 to me, maybe there is more that is masked but knowing subaru i doubt it.
 

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What surprises me is how so many of the SUVs all look the same and have for the past 10 years. Our "new" 2008 looks as new as most others style-wise.
 

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Anyone else think, that in general, short front overhangs look "better" than long ones? I do, and wish Subaru would take this strategy across the entire product line.
 

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short overhangs are definetely better imo as well, just not really possible with subaru designed AWD system, to move the wheels further in the rear might not be that difficult, the front would require a completely different drivetrain layout
 

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What surprises me is how so many of the SUVs all look the same and have for the past 10 years. Our "new" 2008 looks as new as most others style-wise.
Given crash test standards/pedestrian safety and the quest for better MPGs (aerodynamics) there really aren't that many ways to style a front end anymore.

My impression initially is that it's just a larger Outback in terms of styling. Nothing wrong with that, but remember people, this could just be a test mule, even though it looks well put together. We won't really know until they actually release it at an auto show and Subaru themselves say "this is the production model and this is what it's called."
 

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Anyone else think, that in general, short front overhangs look "better" than long ones? I do, and wish Subaru would take this strategy across the entire product line.
No, I do not think so. Look also at the rocker panel. Then account for the length of the wheelbase and the overall footprint and this Subaru is not going on any but the smoothest of 4x4 trails. Unless, of course, they add adjustable suspension which I do not think they have any reason to do. I would still expect it to rock on dirt roads, including in bad weather.

A lifted FXT or H6OB like mine will remain the best Subie option for trails, I think. If they finally make a turbo XV, that one will rock with a lift.
 

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I see Eyesight cameras. I am in an Outback now but loved my Tribeca. One thing that pushed me to go with the Outback was the technology advances. They just didn't spend any money on the Beca at the end of the run.
 

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To me,it looks like an enlarged Tribeca.

SubieDan: Funny, while you noticed the Eyesight cameras, the first thing that caught my attention was the windshield wipers and the wiper arms. Hoping it takes normal wiper blades! Kinda weird that passenger side sticks up.

I see Subaru is finally using the blade style wipers, (at least on the passenger side anyways).

Also those are some serious tires. Yokohama Geolanders, but I can't tell which Geolanders though from these pictures.
 

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Yeah baby this screams 2006....guess mine will triple in value now. :rolleyes:
 

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What surprises me is how so many of the SUVs all look the same and have for the past 10 years. Our "new" 2008 looks as new as most others style-wise.
That is how I feel about our 2006 model one....I am glad that it is not aging quickly like other cars.

The designers could get some clues from Pontiac Aztek or PT Cruiser. :eek:
 

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Yeah baby this screams 2006....guess mine will triple in value now. :rolleyes:
imo right around fall next year values of tribeca will be so low it will be almost funny if it wasnt sad.
Everyone who owns 2012,13,14 will be trading them in and there will be plenty of them around with zero demand.
So if you plan on selling your car for any kind of money you gotta do it before Ascent rolls out,
 

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Don't place too much weight on the mule pictures

Given crash test standards/pedestrian safety and the quest for better MPGs (aerodynamics) there really aren't that many ways to style a front end anymore.

My impression initially is that it's just a larger Outback in terms of styling. Nothing wrong with that, but remember people, this could just be a test mule, even though it looks well put together. We won't really know until they actually release it at an auto show and Subaru themselves say "this is the production model and this is what it's called."
YES! I could have made those same comments. Those are awfully superb pictures to have "leaked out" - OEM's fire or demote people over that kind of thing, because it's not terribly hard to figure out who took or acquired the pictures. So it's anybody's guess what these actually represent...
  • Are they a marketing strategy to start juicing interest, so that some Subaru fans don't go buy a competitive replacement this year because the 2018 Ascent is coming? (This seems likely to be at least part of it... as a guess.)
  • Are these earlier-build concept mules that are for tuning or validating subsystem component design revisions, and the pics are being "leaked" partly to throw off competitor assumptions?
 

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they don't really look like mules to me, that is a production ready vehicle, my guess is they started testing them in the real world which they have to since the production is only a year away, just to make sure all the small details are worked out before regular folk gets their hands on them.
in this particular instance they may have been testing real world MPG, as the gas tank is taped up?

Subaru hasn't really been secretive about what it wants to give us, a big 7 passenger suv.
The real secret is drive train and from what I read that is a tightly kept secret until unveil at least.
 

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As far as drive train, which is the big unknown, I wonder if the 3.6 and CVT will be considered? In my 2017 Outback the 3.6R is delivering consistent 28+mpg highway and 22mpg combined. I can't give a true city number as I live in an area without real city congestion.

The Outback has a 3.6 coupled to a high torque CVT with built in shift points. It drives like a standard automatic but delivers better fuel milage.

In fact on a recent round trip of 260 miles all highway driving I averaged 30.2 with the 3.6R.
 

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subaru just confirmed that a new "concept" will be at NY next week,
With all the rumors floating around forums I bet it will be a new H4 engine and most likely new transmission, but to haul 5000lbs car and a tow rating of 5k it would be something totally new. One more week and we'll find out.
 
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