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Subaru B9 Tribeca, SUV
Nov 05, 2004 (2:21 pm)
A lot of people will think Benign X when they read the name.
Plus, the engine is likely a Boxer 6, B6 would have had more meaning. Maybe B6T if it turns out to be a turbo.
Wife took one peek and said "Lexus" immediately. She thought it was the RX330. I guess that's good, that model is very successful.
I see Murano in the window line, and right away I worry about blind spots. Visibility in every current Subie is a strong point, here is might not be.
Allowing for a very aggressive looking sketch, I still see a very handsome vehicle. Thumbs up. Looks muscular and thoroughly modern.
The grille opening turned out small, and the hood lines match. Definitely see hints of Alfa Romeo influence given Zapatinas' background.
Nice "wings" on each side of the grille too. Headlights are B11S-ish, look good.
They might actually square off the back more than I thought, for decent 3rd row space.
I like the fender flares, they're not overdone but look muscular and designed-in rather than tacked on.
#3 of 8368 More comments
Nov 05, 2004 (2:26 pm)
Rims look to be about 25". :o)
Doors are square at bottom, as Bob pointed out, like the Suburban (not Tahoe). Indeed, a very long wheelbase would be required if they implement that.
I like the character line running from B- to D-pillar. Makes the vehicle look wide, squat.
Pretty much what I expected, though I think styling turned out better than I thought.
#4 of 8368 It's sketch...
Nov 05, 2004 (2:29 pm)
so the accuracy is most likely way off in terms of proportions and scale. Remember the sketch of the B11S and the actual car? Expect the same kind of differences here. Still, the direction is confirmed, and I like what I see so far.
Need to get some hard info... Come on Detroit!!!
#5 of 8368 Honestly
Nov 05, 2004 (2:39 pm)
I really cant think of a worse vehicle name in recent automotive history. Sure, some nonsensical ones, but Benign-X? Agree with Juice- most people are going to see that in the name, and the mags are going to have a field day unless this thing is anything other than fire on wheels.
Looks very decent, though. VDC is a must. If Subaru can't provide this on at least as an option on the base model, its not a contender. Hell, the RAV4, CRV, and Tucson (whose squat stance I see a bit of in this SUV) have it STANDARD.
Nov 05, 2004 (2:54 pm)
B = Boxer (we knew that)
9 = 9 points of style. Huh? That's what the mini site says. Pretty weak justification, if you ask me. So does that mean if there is a future B3, it will only have "3 points of style?" Subaru clearly needs to re-think the name justification—and in a hurry!
X = Crossover (we knew that, sort of...)
#10 of 8368 Re: What's in a name? [edunnett]
Nov 05, 2004 (4:09 pm)
But at least Toureg means nothing in the minds of consumers. I dont think B9 (benign) is an overwhelmingly positive connotation to have about a prospective $30,000 purchase. I posited the name to my 49 mother, and she was like "Why the hell would anyone name a car that... it sounds like 'benign'". Coming from a woman who cares not about cars.