Subaru has officially unveiled the 2019 Subaru Ascent in the US. The Ascent, an SUV with three rows of seven or eight seats, is the biggest Subaru ever built. Aimed primarily at the North American market, it will be built in Lafayette, Indiana.

Previewed by the Ascent Concept earlier this year, the SUV rides on the automaker’s new Subaru Global Platform and measures in at 4,999 mm long and 1,930 mm wide, making it 219 mm longer and 40 mm wider than a Kia Sorento. The Ascent’s 2,890 mm wheelbase makes for a large cabin that can be had with eight seats (middle row bench) or seven seats (captain seats for second row, a no-cost option).

Tagged as a “mobile headquarters for the entire family,” the Ascent has nine seating configurations and two rows of 60/40 split flat-folding seats, with up to 2,056 litres of cargo space available. Other relevant numbers include 19 standard cup/bottle holders located across the cabine and up to eight USB charging ports (it comes fitted with four as standard on the baseline variant).

Occupants will have plenty of mod cons – there’s a three-zone automatic climate control system, with large air vents for all three rows, and the brand’s Starlink in-vehicle tech offers plenty in the way of connectivity. Aside from Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Aha and Pandora support, there’s phone connectivity, audio streaming, SiriusXM services and in-car Wi-Fi connectivity via high-speed 4G LTE.

Starlink also brings along connected services such as remote engine start, a concierge service and child safety functions like geofencing, speed alert and curfew. As standard, the Ascent features a 6.5-inch high-res display, but eight-inch options, complete with navigation, abound on higher trim level variants. The SUV will be offered in four trim levels – base, Premium, Limited and Touring.

All versions will be powered by an all-new 2.4 litre turbocharged boxer engine offering 260 hp at 5,600 rpm and 375 Nm from 2,000 to 4,800 rpm. The mill is paired with a Lineartronic CVT, which features an eight-speed manual mode function and paddle shifters, with the brand’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system as well as Active Torque Vectoring leading items on the specifications list.

Standard safety kit includes the brand’s EyeSight driver assist technology, which includes automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, pre-collision throttle management, blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert.

There’s also a new EyeSight assist monitor, which provides a heads-up display of EyeSight system warnings as well as other relevant information to the driver. Other driver visual aids are a front view monitor, offering a 180-degree view of the front of the vehicle on the multi-function display as well as a smart rear view mirror on the the range-topping Touring variant.