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#1 of 65 2009 Tribeca
May 08, 2008 (8:08 am)
So, I'm trading my 05 OB XTL in for an SUV this fall, and seriously considering the Tribeca, Highlander, Veracruz.
Sent a comment to Subaru Canada regarding the Tribeca as follows:
Hi. I plan on replacing my 2005 Subaru Outback XT later this fall. I am looking for an SUV and currently considering the Tribeca, the Toyota Highlander and the Veracruz. Some drawbacks of the Tribeca: 1. New front grill looks much too much like a Chrysler...a real shame for Subaru to lose its uniqueness. 2. Tilt telescoping steering is an absolute must. 3. Back up camera, a safety item, should be offered separately from NAV as it is in the Highlander. Because this improves safety, many people would be willing to pay for this option if it was available on its own, without the full NAV package. I certainly hope that these are incorporated into the 2009 Tribeca.
Thank you for contacting Subaru Canada, Inc. We truly regret the delay in our reply.
Your email was forwarded to our Product Planning Department. We are very proud of the enhancements made to this model based on the feedback we have received from customers such as you. Most of the comments received about the 2009 Subaru Tribeca, especially from auto journalists, have been very positive. We are confident that the styling of the 2009 Subaru Tribeca will appeal to a great number of shoppers looking at a new car purchase.
Regrettably, telescopic steering was not developed for the 2009 Subaru Tribeca.
With regards to the back up camera, this feature is available on the 2009 Subaru Tribeca Ltd. without Navigation.
We always appreciate feedback, both positive and negative. Your comments will be forwarded to our related departments. Once again, thank your for taking the time to advise us of your viewpoint on this matter.
So, not sure what this means, but I am absolutely amazed that the 09 Tribeca has no telescoping steering column!!!
Hello? Why is it Subaru is always years behind other manufacturers in incorporating such basic elements in their vehicles, especially when it is avail on the Outback?
At 6'4", this is an issue with my Outback, and may be the deciding factor when I choose an SUV. So it may be bye-bye Subaru. Sucks, because I do like their vehicles.
Anyone see any pictures or info on the 2009 model?
#2 of 65 Subaru Canada News Release May 7
May 08, 2008 (8:08 am)
A few minutes after I posted, I found this from Subaru Canada on the 09 Tribeca:
2009 Subaru Tribeca: Exceptional features, competitive pricing
TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - Just one year after the totally redesigned Subaru
Tribeca was introduced to critical and consumer praise, Subaru is pleased to
announce that the 2009 Tribeca will go on sale on May 7th. The new Tribeca
features the outstanding new design and larger engine that have had the 2008
model flying out of showrooms, plus a range of thoughtful new equipment and
aggressive new pricing.
The 2009 Tribeca is offered in three versions: the 5-passenger Tribeca,
the 7-passenger Tribeca Limited Package with leather interior, and the
7-passenger Tribeca Premier Package with leather, third-row seating,
navigation system and rear-seat DVD entertainment. The base Tribeca remains an
extremely well-equipped luxury SUV, and the only major change is the price: at
$39,995, the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is a full $2,000
less than the 2008 model. The Tribeca Limited Package, which now offers an
enhanced range of standard equipment such as third row seating, DVD
entertainment system, and a new monitor system with a backup camera, will sell
for the same price as the 2008 model - $45,195. The 2009 Premier Package, with
the same outstanding standard amenities as its predecessor, will decrease a
significant $4,300 in price, to $48,195.
"The new-generation Tribeca has set new sales records almost every month
since its introduction, thanks to the enhanced features and striking new
design," said Katsuhiro Yokoyama, president, chairman and CEO of Subaru
Canada, Inc. "The 2009 version builds on that momentum by retaining all the
qualities consumers appreciate, and adding an extra level of the luxurious
appointments that are the hallmark of SUVs in this segment - all at very
Tribeca is Stylish and Convenient
An exceptional level of standard equipment on every Tribeca includes a
power tilt-and-slide glass moonroof, automatic dual-zone climate control with
air filtration, AM/FM/CD/MP3 6-speaker audio system with auxiliary audio input
and pre-wiring for XM and Sirius satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering
wheel with integrated audio controls, power-adjustable heated front seats with
lumbar support, roof rails, driver and front passenger front and side-impact
airbags, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor (first and second row),
power-adjustable heated body-colour door mirrors with integrated LED turn
signals, Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlights with manual
levelizer, multi-reflector halogen fog lights, splash guards, and more.
Tribeca's 3.6-litre 24-valve DOHC Subaru Boxer engine produces 247
lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm, and 256 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The engine
delivers excellent emission levels, good fuel efficiency in real world driving
situations, and outstanding torque in low- to mid-range engine speeds. At a
time when gas prices are rising dramatically, owners will be pleased to know
that, unlike many competitors, Tribeca requires only regular-grade fuel.
The 3.6-litre engine features Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable
valve timing on both the intake and exhaust valves and is connected to a
5-speed automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT. The result is quick gearshifts
with minimal lag time and smooth, linear acceleration.
The shift control system uses the car speed and accelerator opening to
determine available driving power while simultaneously calculating the optimum
gear position for the road gradient. To further enhance smooth performance,
Subaru's 'blipping control' matches the transmission to engine speed while
downshifting. The total effect is fewer unnecessary gear shifts when climbing
or descending grades and improved fuel economy.
The transmission drives through the Subaru Variable Torque Distribution
(VTD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Enhancing the AWD system are
standard Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability control and four-wheel
traction control system (TCS).
Occupant Safety a Top Priority
The new 2009 Tribeca was designed to achieve the highest ratings in the
auto industry. The 2008 Tribeca, with which the 2009 model shares its
structure, achieved top honours in the U.S. Department of Transportation's
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment
Program (NCAP) crash tests with 5 stars in both the frontal and side-impact
crash tests for both the driver and passenger seating positions. These results
are in addition to the 4 star rating in the NHTSA tests for rollover
resistance. (No SUV to date has earned 5-stars in the rollover test.) The
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2008 Tribeca a Top
Safety Pick for achieving its highest rating (Good) in front offset, side
impact, and rear crash protection tests.
The Subaru Tribeca features a Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame Structure,
occupant-sensing, dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, seat-mounted side
impact air bags, and standard curtain side air bags (front and second rows). A
Roll Sensor system that detects a potential vehicle rollover and deploys the
standard side curtain airbags is also standard. In addition, the Tribeca
features Brake Assist on its standard ABS brake system, Vehicle Dynamics
Control and four-wheel traction control. Brake Assist analyzes the force and
stroke on the brake pedal and increases hydraulic boost to provide enhanced
emergency braking, also activating the ABS system early if needed.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries
Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and
distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 95
authorized dealers across Canada.
#3 of 65 Re: 2009 Tribeca [luck11]
May 09, 2008 (12:14 pm)
Haven't seen one yet, but you really have to sit inside anyway, even if it had changed.
#4 of 65 arriving next week on dealer lots
May 09, 2008 (12:22 pm)
Supposedly the '09s are arriving at my dealer next week. Strange that there isn't more press / pictures on the web.
#5 of 65 Re: arriving next week on dealer lots [luck11]
May 10, 2008 (8:51 am)
Wow! This is very exciting to me. I assume you are in Canada whereas I'm in the United States. I have spoken with Subaru twice and they have said that they have no information on the 09 Tribecas. The last person said she would contact me as soon as they know anything and that was only a week ago. How can they be releasing them in Canada and we can't get any information? She did say it would probably have Bluetooth but I don't think I want the NAV system because of the poor ratings and I'm not sure if I have to have it to have Bluetooth. Would it be possible to take a picture and let us know if they have any new color options for 09? Apparently Subaru is not going to release the 09 Tribeca until "later in the Summer--maybe late June, early July--or even August." I'm on my second Subaru and love the cars. When you take the competitors that start at a lower MSRP, and add all the options that are already on the upgraded Tribeca, the Tribeca is a deal.
#6 of 65 2009s are in dealers in Canada
May 20, 2008 (5:09 pm)
Well, I haven't seen them yet, but my dealer has 5 2009s. Supposedly the 08s are sold out across Canada. Lots in the US though, which probably explains why they are not releasing 2009s anytime soon.
What I have been told: Exterior is essentially the same. Now come with privacy glass in the rear (I thought the 08s had this as well), and the Limited versions come with Harmon Kardon stereo. Nothing to suggest that telescoping steering has been incorporated.
Hope to take my OB in for an oil change in the next few weeks. Will hopefully have some time to check out an 09 Tribeca and report back.
#7 of 65 Re: 2009s are in dealers in Canada [luck11]
May 21, 2008 (7:36 am)
Tell us how you like the sound.
#8 of 65 09 Cdn Brochure
May 22, 2008 (9:52 am)
Dropped by the dealer this morning. I have a PDF of the 09 Tribeca brochure in B&W only. Looks essentially the same from what I can tell. Only saw one that had not been PDI'd yet, so did not get to test drive. The others had been sold and the one available was being driven by the manager who had not yet arrived.
Alicia, as the host, is there anyway for you to attach the PDF doc so others can access it if I send it to you via e-mail?
#9 of 65 Re: 09 Cdn Brochure [luck11]
May 22, 2008 (9:54 am)
Never mind.....I just noticed that they have updated the Subaru Canada website. Brochure is available there in full colour.