Introducing new standards in safety
A tradition of excellence continues with the 2019 Subaru Ascent, which is built on the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP) to deliver class-leading agility, strength and security. This stellar starting point is reinforced with the most sophisticated active and passive safety systems available. All of these advances are designed to work in perfect harmony to protect you and your family on all roads and in all conditions—full stop.
Always on guard
The combination of the world-class Subaru Symmetrical Full-Time AWD system, surprising agility, superior visibility and class-leading technology makes the Subaru Ascent a case study in active safety. Next-generation thinking that powers the Subaru EyeSight® ◊ Advanced Driver Assist Technology, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Active Torque Vectoring and X-MODE represent the critical first line of defense—and the most effective way to avoid a potential accident in the first place.
360 Degrees of Visibility
The Subaru Ascent is engineered from the ground up to provide 360 degrees of visibility. The placement of the side pillars, design of the windshield, elevation of the seats and generous ground clearance — all are incorporated with this goal in mind. These qualities are supported by advanced technology found in the standard rearview camera, available front view camera with 180-degree view and available Smart Rearview Mirror, which displays the image captured by yet another camera mounted on the rear hatch.
EyeSight® Advanced Driver Assist Technology
This award-winning active safety system, which comes standard on all versions of the Subaru Ascent, utilizes two cameras to monitor activity on the road ahead, help identify potentially hazardous situations and provide assistance to the driver when needed most. This technology incorporates several different advanced active-safety systems: Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, and Vehicle Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lane Keep Assist. Vehicles equipped with EyeSight®, earn the highest possible front-crash prevention ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)**.
Smart Rearview Mirror
This innovative mirror has two modes activated by a single switch: one mode sees the rearview mirror function like an everyday rearview mirror, the other mode displays the image captured by a camera mounted on the rear hatch. This feature comes in especially handy when there are passengers or cargo blocking the view out the back window, ensuring that the driver always has a clear view of what’s behind. Available on the Premier trim level.
High Beam Assist
By automatically switching to high beams from low beams when traffic in the road ahead is clear, this feature helps ensure optimum nighttime visibility at all times. High Beam Assist is available on the Limited and Premier trim levels.
Reverse Automatic Braking
This technology detects obstructions behind the vehicle and automatically applies the brakes when it judges that the risk of collision is high. Another part of this safety system is the rear obstruction warning feature, which signals drivers using different alarm patterns according to the distance from the obstruction. Reverse Automatic Braking is available on the Touring, Limited and Premier trim levels.
Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection System (SRVD)
This SRVD system has three distinct functions: Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Blind Spot Detection identifies vehicles behind the C-pillars and in other blind spots, while Lane Change Assist detects fast-approaching vehicles when changing lanes. Using a sensor in the back of the vehicle, Rear Cross Traffic Alert signals drivers while reversing that a vehicle is approaching from the right or the left. Available on the Touring, Limited and Premier trim levels.
A first for a Subaru vehicle, this camera captures a 180-degree view of what’s surrounding the front of the vehicle. This image is displayed on the centre console screen, which can prove incredibly useful when parking close to an obstruction or attempting to pull out into an obscured intersection. Available on the Premier trim level.
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
The braking system includes such advances as Electronic Brake-force Distribution (which automatically adjusts front/rear brake pressure under different vehicle loads), Brake Override (cuts engine power when the brakes are applied) and Brake Assist (boosts stopping power in emergency-braking situations). Another feature, Auto Vehicle Hold, keeps the vehicle in place, even with the transmission in gear and the brake pedal released.
Steering Responsive Headlights
These LED headlights automatically angle in the direction of the corner to provide better visibility through the turns at night. The LED lighting system also casts a brighter and whiter beam than conventional headlights for improved illumination. Available on Limited and Premier trim levels.
Standard on all trim levels, this system sees a crystal-clear image of what’s behind the vehicle projected onto the centre console screen. For an even more natural image that’s free of all distortion, the rear camera is located close to the centre of the vehicle and provides a wide-angle view.
VDC with Active Torque Vectoring
Standard on all trim levels, the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)† system utilizes multiple sensors to assess when the vehicle is approaching the limits of stability and then automatically adjusts the AWD torque distribution, engine output and brakes at each wheel to help stay on-course. The system is further aided by standard Active Torque Vectoring, which automatically applies brakes to the inside wheels and distributes more torque to the outside wheels during cornering. These systems work together to create superior stability, cornering prowess and accident avoidance capabilities.
†VDC is also known as electronic stability control.
Seamless and ultra-strong levels of protection
In the event that a collision proves unavoidable, it’s vitally important that a vehicle is strong enough and advanced enough to help protect all occupants from potential harm. The Subaru Ascent takes this notion to heart and takes things to new levels with an all-new platform, higher grades of high-strength materials and more advanced technology than ever before seen in a Subaru vehicle.
Advanced Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame
This robust frame design incorporates high-tensile steel, connects the roof to the side pillars and the floor, and uses cross-members to create a super-strong structure that dissipates and diverts crash energy away from the passenger cabin. A front crumple zone provides further protection in the event of a frontal impact. And the rear structure is specifically engineered to deliver never-before-seen levels of safety for third-row passengers in the event of a rear collision.
Injury-reducing Seats and Seatbelt Systems
The front seats are engineered to reduce the chance of whiplash in the event of a collision and include height-adjustable front seatbelts, shoulder pretensioners, load limiters and a locking tongue design for added restraining strength. The position of the ISO-FIX/LATCH lower anchor bars has been optimized for easier use and greater security with child seats. There are up to 7 lower anchor bars and 6 tether anchors in the rear two rows, depending on seating configuration.
The Ascent features a full complement of supplemental restraints engineered to protect passengers across all three rows of seating. For the driver and co-driver, the grouping includes dual-stage deployment front airbags, a driver knee airbag and front seat-mounted side-impact airbags. The driver, co-driver, second-row outboard occupants and third-row outboard occupants are also safeguarded by side-curtain airbags.
The SUBARU BOXER engine and Lineartronic CVT both feature low-profile designs that are mounted low in the frame of the Subaru Ascent. In the event of a head-on collision, the engine and transmission are designed to absorb impact energy first, then break away from the vehicle structure and drop to the ground to prevent encroachment into the passenger cabin.