• Mar 14, 2007


2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca

The current Subaru B9 Tribeca is a lot like the person with whom your mother wants to set you up. It has a "nice personality," but "good looks" never comes up in conversation. The B9 has been a disappointment to both Subaru fans and company executives who were hoping for much better sales numbers. Help may be on the way, however, with improved power, fuel economy, and looks (we hope).

Subaru is set to unveil part two of the crazy experiment they call the B9 Tribeca at the New York Auto Show. The scribes over at Automobile are reporting that the B9 Tribeca will lose some of its ugly with a more conventional grille and wider, narrower headlights. It'll also sport a new 3.6L V6 engine with 254 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque, which beats the current model's 3.0L by 9 hp and 32 lb-ft. The new V6 will also provide 10% better fuel economy while running on regular gasoline instead of the current model's premium fuel.

We're happy to hear the B9 Tribeca will gain new power and improved fuel economy, but we're not going to commit to a blind date until we see some pictures.

[Source: Automobile]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      #20 "instead of forcing buyers to get the V6 to get homelink!"

      Homelink is an option on every Subaru... from the bottom of the line to the top
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Murano and Pilot look substantially larger on the road,and do not bear an unfortunate resemblance to a crazed warthog. Thus, they more easily command the price.
      Subaru has got to have a few really clueless executives, judging by the styling -- but I agree they need to keep it distinctive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now hold on here, IMOP the look is great, and you grow onto it... Second they do offer a model with the basics... Third there are not many options to buy from! ONLY 2... Unlike toyota who has maybe 5-7 different packages... This SUV rides great, performs great, and I will never go back to anything else. I think the price is decent, I think I got what I payed for. Its reliable, very safe... What more do you want? A silver platter?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The SIA plant in Lafayette had a 2008 Tribeca model in their display next to I-65 of the models manufactured at the plant. I don't see any pictures online yet of a 2008 model.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why does Autoblog continue to post pictures that don't match the headline? This is misleading and a waste of reading an article when you think it's an all new model, but isn't.
      • 7 Years Ago
      # 11.. WTH?? First off, it's not a B6 but an H6. Secondly, why would Subaru want to give up one of its trademarks (read: boxer engine) and go for a traditional V layout. Also, please divulge how the H6 uses more room than a similar V6. You've completely lost me there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So the "flying vagina" front grill look is going away? How sad, I suppose this is no longer the vehicle of choice for your local ob/gyn doc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The cutaway I saw, conveniently left that part out.
      The Subaru SVX intake manifold had dual throttles, one per each 3 cylinder bank. There was a small interconnecting throttle (operated from underneath the manifold) for variable resonance, closed-low speed, open-high engine speed (for double the primary resonance frequency)
      http://www.canardzone.com/members/PhillipJohnson/Engine/engine_images/EG33PSRUx1000.JPG
      http://www.canardzone.com/members/PhillipJohnson/Engine/engine_images/1000EngineCutaway.JPG
      Apparently the alternator was in the way to have a longer rectangular butterfly valve with an end rotator.
      http://www.japparts.com.au/images/sub6.jpg

      The power characteristics certainly did not reflect its presence though. Compare to the GM 3.6 V6 models that do have it i.e. Saturn Outlook 275hp@6600, 251ft-lbs@3200 almost exactly double the engine speed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      please let someone be misinformed on the V6 info.
      • 7 Years Ago
      if you read the linked article, it doesnt mention configuration of the new motor, just that it will be gaining 0.6L, more torque, and better fuel efficiency. odds are itll stay a 3.6L boxer. I'd bet that engine moves downstream to the LLBean Legacy and outback also.
      • 7 Years Ago


      "Subaru 3.6L H6
      254 hp
      247 lb-ft

      vs.

      Nissan 3.5L V6
      306 hp
      268 lb-ft

      Subaru needs to catch up, fast!"

      Nissan doesn't use that tune in the Murano. The Murano makes 240 hp and 244 lbs ft torque

      The Pilot makes 244 hp and 240 lbs/ft torque. That gives the Tribeca a better power to weight ratio and more power than the Pilot (which weighs 400lbs more than the Tribeca). Not bad I say.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the same folks are making the decisions about the design, this puppy will be forever ugly. That keeps its volume down and price up. Dumb!
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