Subaru launches Ascent output at Indiana plant


The 2019 Subaru Ascent is the largest vehicle in the brand’s history.

Production of the 2019 Subaru Ascent, Subaru of America’s long-awaited three-row crossover, commenced Monday at the automaker’s plant in Lafayette, Ind.

The Ascent is the latest model to join the production lineup at the automaker’s U.S. plant since Impreza sedan and hatchback output was shifted there from Japan in late 2016.

The Legacy and Outback are also built at the Indiana plant, the automaker’s only vehicle manufacturing site outside of Japan.

The Subaru Ascent, which starts at $32,970 including shipping, is set to arrive at Subaru retailers starting in late June.

The crossover, available in a 7- or 8-seat layout, is the largest model ever designed and engineered in the automaker’s history.

Subaru built around 364,000 vehicles at the Indiana plant last year. Ascent production is expected to increase output to around 400,000 vehicles annually, the automaker said.

The automaker has been without a three-row crossover, a key segment in the U.S. market, since production of the low-volume Tribeca, also built in Indiana, ended in early 2014.

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