The 2023 Subaru Ascent has arrived this fall with a refreshed look and new technology

Consumers have not fallen in love with Subaru Ascent, so the company is changing course and launching a facelift for 2023.

Set to arrive at US dealerships this fall, the updated model has a bold look for a larger grille attached by new LED headlights. They are joined by more aggressive front bumpers that have new intakes, which help improve air flow under the car.

Additional changes are limited, but the crossover receives updated wheels and new taillights. The latter has more bold C graphics as well as more bold graphics.

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Moderate updates to the cabin continue as the previous 6.5- and 8-inch infotainment systems have been replaced by a new standard 11.6-inch display with portrait orientation. In addition to the big screen, the new system includes wireless Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, as well as dedicated climate and multimedia controls.

Speaking of technology, the 2023 Ascent has a newly available cabin connect system that enhances communication between first- and third-tier residents. Similar to Kia’s Passenger Talk function, the system uses a microphone and rear speakers to project the driver and front passenger voices in the third row.

On the security front, the crossover comes with the latest version of the iSite driver support system. It sports a new wide-angle mono camera that “expands the view-of-view area to quickly identify pedestrians and bicycles when the vehicle enters a junction at low speeds.” The system also boasts of updated software and promises to allow it to operate “more smoothly and over a wide range of conditions.”

Models equipped with blind-spot detection, including lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alerts, have a new automatic emergency steering function. It works in conjunction with a pre-collision braking system to help steer the vehicle to avoid collisions when traveling at speeds of less than 50 miles (80 km / h).

In terms of safety, there’s a new Surround View Monitor that uses four cameras to create a 360 ° overhead view of the car.

While those are major updates, the 2023 Subaru Ascent will be offered in five trims, including a modified Onyx version. This particular model sports a black exterior with 20-inch wheels featuring a black finish. Buyers will receive a standard panoramic moonroof and water-repellent Startex seat with new green contrast stitching.

In addition, the Onyx Edition can be equipped with a new package that includes a 12-way power driver’s seat, a four-way power front passenger seat, second-row sunshade and heated rear seats. The package also includes an illuminated front cup holder, a colorful multi-information display, and a Herman Cardon quantumologic sound system with the aforementioned cabin connect function. Rounding out the highlights is the new Surround View Monitor and a driverfocus confusion mitigation system.

The rest of the trim basically carries, but the entry-level model gets a rearview camera washer. Similarly, the Limited now comes with a third-tier USB charging port as well as 20-inch dark gray wheels with a machine finish.

Powered by a well-known turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 260 hp (194 kW / 264 PS) and 277 lb-ft (375 Nm) of torque. It is equipped with a continuous variable transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system.

Prices will be announced near the launch, but the model will be priced slightly higher than its predecessor, which is expected to start at $ 32,795.

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