Subaru Looking at New Seven-Seater to Replace Lagging Tribeca
Subaru is developing a new seven-seat SUV to replace the dated Tribeca, and for U.S. dealers, the new SUV can't come soon enough. According to a report in Automotive News, Subaru plans to cease production of the Subaru Tribeca, eventually phasing it out next year. But the Tribeca's seven-seat replacement is still a few years off. Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, confirmed the vehicle's development. He said, "I've received very strong requests from U.S. dealers for a multipassenger, seven-seat vehicle, and we are planning to introduce it to the U.S. market." But it won't be a seamless transition, as Yoshinaga indicated Subaru will be without a replacement for some time. "You won't see the new vehicle coming out immediately when Tribeca production ends." The Subaru Tribeca is currently made at Subaru's Lafayette, Indiana, plant. The automaker has set ambitious plans to increase its U.S. production at the plant from 170,000 vehicles to 300,000 vehicles by 2016. The Tribeca is Subaru's worst seller by far, on pace to sell only about 1,500 models on the year. The Tribeca's 3.6-liter six-cylinder is paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. The inefficient combination makes for a lackluster 16/21 mpg city/highway. Mediocre fuel economy, outdated styling, and a relatively cramped third-row have all led to the Tribeca's demise, all of which should be addressed on the SUVs replacement. Source: Automotive News (subscription required).
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