The Subaru Tribeca, one of the big failures in the Japanese automaker’s history, is due for a new generation model. The 7-seater was doing so terribly that it was axed way before the slated end of its lifecycle. The all-new model is likely to arrive in 2016 as a 2017 model but the company is having some confusion on what kind of replacement to offer, as per a fresh report by Automotive News. The company is reportedly thinking whether to offer the replacement in the form of a larger Outback or a distinctive fully new crossover.
The Outback is a strong-seller and a larger version of the same sounds like a possible option. This option will provide an already proven platform and design. Design is a big factor that will decide the fate of the replacement as the 7-seater was originally heavily criticized for its poor design. A larger Outback would probably be cheaper in terms of R&D costs than a fully new crossover. A larger Outback can’t even be named ‘Tribeca’ as it would be just another version of the five-seater model.
According to the report, the new vehicle is being designed primarily for the U.S. market, where there is a high demand for 7-seat crossovers/ SUVs. A new 7-seat vehicle also means that the Levorg wagon won’t be sold here, states the report. The all-new crossover will have all-wheel drive and will be roomier than the Tribeca, reveals the report. The new vehicle will have three row of seats and will compete against the Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander.
[Source: Automotive News]