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Subaru B9 Tribeca, SUV
Jan 27, 2005 (2:09 pm)
Here's what people will actually read if they buy the March 2005 Motor Trend magazine:
2006 SUBARU B9 TRIBECA
It has great, er.. personality
Don't guffaw, but Subaru thinks it can build a better X5. Really. Your eyes are rolling, but the engineers of this Indiana-built crossover were so sure we'd agree that they let us drive the new B9 Tribeca back-to-back with an X5 3.0i priced about $15,000 higher.
Subaru's six cylinders are arranged horizontally for a lower center of gravity. This 3.0-liter flat-six comes directly out of an Outback and sounds even sweeter than the X5's inline-six. Relative to that sterling mill, it produces an extra 25 horsepower and five-pound-feet of torque. Weighing in at a claimed 4250 pounds, the Scooby's six has 450 fewer pounds to lug around that the Bimmer, giving it a 19 percent advantage in weight-to-power.
Drop the hammer, and the B9 steps off briskly enough to discount Subaru's 8.0-second 0-to-60-mph estimate as at least a half-second conservative. Short gearing in the standard five-speed automatic and an aggressive throttle tip-in would make this a difficult vehicle to place accurately on rocks and other off-road obstacles. But with no low-range or locking differentials, Subaru (like BMW) is content to cede that type of driving to Jeep. Standard AWD and stability control teamed with 8.4 inches of ground clearance should tackle any rough two-track.
A front strut/rear multilink suspension was tuned to closely match the handling dynamics of the BMW, while softening the suspension settings for improved ride quality. Fat 255/55R18 Goodyear Eagles match the size of the X5's sport suspension tires. An hour behind the wheel afforded few twisty sections, but each was threaded with aplomb and minimal body roll. Midcourse steering corrections never were required, but the steering feels a trifle light, and it transmits less road-surface information than BMW's does. Still, this is an impressively astute road-runner.
Where Subaru clearly trumps BMW is in interior-space efficiency. Stretching just five inches longer on a 2.8-inch-shorter wheelbase the B9 Tribeca fits three rows of seats (a third-row-delete option will be offered). The middle row slides to apportion legroom between rows. Max cargo space with the seats folded flat appears to be much larger than in the BMW.
Subaru's new aeronautical, dare we say Alfa-inspired, façade may cause passersby to smirk, but the smiles on a B9 driver's face will be genuine - Frank Markus
Jan 27, 2005 (2:23 pm)
Vans will win on space, compared to any SUV really. I bet a Sienna has as much interior space as full-size SUVs.
Those 0-60 estimates sound great. What did they do to the engine tuning and tranny? Wow.
C&D's numbers for the MDX and Pilot are 7.8 and 7.6, respectively.
Glad to hear they thought body roll was under control.
Jan 27, 2005 (2:25 pm)
OK, who do I gotta pay off to drive one of these things! I'm salivating at the thought...
#1407 of 8368 well you could ask that person that doesnt show up here
Jan 27, 2005 (3:45 pm)
but posts messages from the after life.
#1408 of 8368 Re: [ateixeira]
Jan 27, 2005 (5:07 pm)
My minivan had a lot more space than my Sequoia. But my Suburban had more space than my Minivan, but it's significantly larger too!
Wow, if the Tribeca can even pull off an 8 sec 0-60 I'd be impressed. I guess they don't need a high top speed and can gear the tranny as such.
A little faster would be nice, though.
I'm still waiting to see one in person- but change the nose and I'd definitely consider buying one right now.
Jan 28, 2005 (4:58 am)
8 sec is more than decent for a family car
#1410 of 8368 The more I think about it...
Jan 28, 2005 (7:58 am)
and as much as I like the "Telluride" name, I think from a marketing position, Subaru might be better served by just adding an LL Bean version—but with all those features that were mentioned a while back as part of the Telluride package/trim.
I still would very much like to see a B9 Telluride, but maybe that could be the name for a Baja replacement, if they decide to do that. I think the Baja has generated so much bad press, that if Subaru should ever want to do a pickup based on the B9 platform, perhaps severing all ties to the "Baja" name might be a wise marketing move.
I do like the name "Baja," and I still believe in the concept; I just don't see Subaru continuing with it. Just as other truckmakers introduce new names for larger all-new models (Tacoma/Tundra, etc.), Subaru should probably do the same.
Jan 28, 2005 (8:03 am)
8 sec is more than decent for a family car
i hate these generalizations as i would love a 0-60 in 5.0 minivan. fast family cars ( fxt ) rock.
#1412 of 8368 Re: [njswamplands]
Jan 28, 2005 (10:15 am)
I agree! (although I'd settle for 0-60 in 6 sec)
Jan 28, 2005 (10:54 am)
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