Subaru to discontinue the poor-selling Tribeca by the end of the year

Article by Christian A., on May 24, 2012

Subaru has decided to axe the heavily criticized and poor-selling Tribeca, according to sources. The end is obviously near as even Subaru won’t confirm if the crossover would exist beyond the 2013 model year. When the Tribeca was launched in 2005, it received negative comments because of its unusual style. It also came with a ton of flaws.

Its engine was too small and it didn’t have enough power. Its fuel economy was far from impressive and it’s hardly a three-row. Its sales also didn’t meet expectations.

It’s clear that Subaru isn’t interested in its future because aside from minor updates, not much has been planned for its future. It’s notable that the 2012 model is powered by a very outdated 5-speed automatic transmission.

There were speculations in the past that the next-generation Tribeca would be built on the same platform used by the Toyota Highlander.

Fuji Heavy Industries Inc. (FHI), which makes Subaru vehicles, declared plans to debut its reshaped Subaru B9 Tribeca, now the Subaru Tribeca, and to start US sales in the summer. FHI will reveal the US version of the new Tribeca at the New York International Auto Show, from April 6 to 15.

Continuing the modern sports utility vehicle (SUV) concept, this Tribeca is highlighted with new strong styling, better performance, and greater comfort and functions. Its exterior looks more like an SUV with a newly designed face. The redesigned Tribeca comes with a new 3.6-litre boxer engine that is bigger and stronger than before while performing with greater fuel economy. Design changes to its cooling system allow for regular unleaded fuel, so it costs less to operate than the premium only models

Sleek cultured style

The new Tribeca’s exterior is sleek and strong, built on its predecessor’s sportiness and dynamism. The interior embodies a cultured excellence.

Superb performance

New Tribeca was designed to balance upgraded performance and environmental friendliness.

While the engine’s size is not bigger, displacement increased from 3.0 to 3.6 litres, made conceivable mainly through engineering changes relating to extended bore dimensions and a lengthened stroke.

The new motor keeps emissions and fuel economy the same as the previous 3-litre engine, even with a bigger engine and stronger output.

Topics: subaru, crossover

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