Fuji Heavy mulls building a successor for Subaru Tribeca

Article by Christian A., on May 9, 2014

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering a successor for the seven-seat Tribeca SUV, sparked by strong demand from its dealers in the United States. Fuji Heavy terminated output of the Tribeca in January at its Indiana site. Company spokesman Fusao Watanabe remarked that it would make sense for the Fuji Heavy to locally build a vehicle it plans to sell only in the US. Fuji Heavy is currently expanding the Indiana site’s production capacity.

The site currently has an annual production capacity, of which 100,000 is reserved for the output of the Toyota Camry. Fuji Heavy announced in May 2013 that it was planning to spend $400 million to increase the site’s annual capacity by around 100,000 vehicles by end-2016.

The company, however, received in late 2013 a notice from Toyota that it might stop output of the Camry at the Indiana site in 2017. Fuji Heavy is expected to release details of the production plan for the Indiana site on May 9, 2014, when the company unveils its mid-term plan and its earnings results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.

The Nikkei business daily recently reported that Fuji Heavy and Toyota will reach an agreement as early as this month to end Camry production at the Indiana site. Nikkei also reported that Toyota is planning to move the Camry assembly to other plants, including its own Kentucky site where it already produces the sedan.

Fuji Heavy Industries Inc. (FHI), manufacturer of Subaru vehicles, revealed its intention to debut the redesigned B9 Tribeca, now to be called the Tribeca. It’s also expected to arrive in the US in the summer. FHI will present the all-new Tribeca, with US specifications, at the New York International Auto Show, to be held from April 6 to 15.

Developing the idea of an advanced sports utility vehicle (SUV), the all-new Tribeca has a forceful new design, better performance, and improved comfort and practicality. Its outside styling emphasises a more SUV-like look with an all-new front design. The reconceived Tribeca comes with a newly engineered 3.6-litre boxer engine. Even though it is bigger and more muscular than the prior 3-litre one, the new engine gives better performance and fuel economy in real-life driving conditions. Engineering adjustments to its cooling system enabled it to run on regular unleaded petrol, an alteration from premium-only. This will help lower operating costs for consumers.

Aerodynamically sophisticated style

The new Tribeca’s exterior design is sleek and muscular, building on the athletic and energetic feel of the prior model. The design of the interior expresses a chic look and sportiness.

Superior performance

The all-new Tribeca has been created with the aim of complementing better performance with environmental concerns.

While not increasing the power unit’s physical proportions, the displacement was stretched from 3.0 to 3.6 litres. This was possible mainly through engineering changes consisting of expanded bore proportions and a lengthier stroke.

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