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Subaru B9 Tribeca, SUV
#1 of 19 Future of the Tribeca
Aug 23, 2010 (5:20 am)
The Tribeca seems to get little or no promotion from Subaru or local dealers (remember "Dust in the Wind"). The Outback and Forester now seem almost Tribeca size ... leads me to believe Tribeca is on the way out.
#2 of 19 Re: Future of the Tribeca [jerrys2]
Aug 23, 2010 (5:28 am)
Yup, that's what most people think.
#3 of 19 Re: Future of the Tribeca [rsholland]
Aug 25, 2010 (9:36 am)
They zigged when the market zagged.
Everyone else built larger 3-row crossovers, and those simply sold better.
At least we got the 3.6l H6 from it, now used in other models.
#4 of 19 Re: Future of the Tribeca [ateixeira]
Aug 25, 2010 (10:37 am)
Valid point , but there does seem to be a market for 5 passengers, at least I see alot on the road. Perhaps Subaru should have concentrated on this market rather than trying to squeeze in the third row. Maybe that is the intention for the new Outback and Forester.
Will there be a 2011 Tribeca?
#5 of 19 Re: Future of the Tribeca [ateixeira]
Aug 25, 2010 (11:09 am)
At least we got the 3.6l H6 from it, now used in other models
I wonder if that engine has been retuned; a friends new 3.6 Outback gets much better fuel economy than has been reported for the Tribeca.
#6 of 19 Re: Future of the Tribeca [jerrys2]
Aug 25, 2010 (11:17 am)
I suspect not, but if there is a new iteration, I think it needs to distinguish itself better from the rest of the lineup... such as becoming a Subaru version of the GMC Acadia, for example. Right now, it is largely a "why bother?" model; especially after the introduction of the 2010 Outback (although it is a much better styled car than the new Outback!).
Aug 25, 2010 (11:38 am)
(although it is a much better styled car than the Outback!). new
At the time Tribeca was introduced the styling was explained in an article in a SAE publication as the outcome of strengthening the rear section of an Outback extension.
Now just what motivated the overturned bathtub styling of the new Outback?
#8 of 19 Re: Future of the Tribeca [xwesx]
Aug 25, 2010 (12:37 pm)
I suggest Outback to people who say the Forester is too small, but they don't see it as an SUV.
Tribeca should also get bigger, though, to really distinguish itself. Forester is nearly the size of an Outback, and Outback is nearly the size of a Tribeca.
I wonder if they'd invest in a new one, but if they did, give the current Outback's wheelbase a good 12" stretch, and the body a 15" stretch, and give it a real 3rd row and a massive cargo area.
#9 of 19 Re: Future of the Tribeca [ateixeira]
Aug 25, 2010 (1:24 pm)
I agree; if they could pull off a respectable third row and still have a cargo bay the size of the Forester's, I think they would have something.
#10 of 19 Re: Future of the Tribeca [jerrys2]
Aug 25, 2010 (4:12 pm)
Yes, there is a '11 Tribeca. The only change is they're adding the new Bronze color now found on the Legacy and Outback.
What's keeping the Tribeca alive is the export market. My Subie salesman told me they sell maybe 5 times as many Tribecas in Russia, than they do here.