• May 12, 2008
Click either image for a high-res gallery of the Subaru Exiga.

We received word from a little birdie last week that Subaru was gearing up to release its brand-new Exiga into journalist's hands in Japan. Coincidentally (or not), a teaser shot of Subaru's new pseudo-CUV popped up on the NASIOC forum over the weekend and it's clear from the darkened profile that many of the elements from the show car have migrated over to the production model.

The Exiga, which appeared at last year's Tokyo Motor Show as a lightly veiled concept, will likely form the basis for the new Outback, slotting in between the Legacy and the Tribeca CUV. However, it's doubtful that when the Exiga (or Outback) makes the trek across the Pacific it will be sporting seven full seats. Its closest competitor here in the States is the forthcoming Toyota Venza, which aims to define a new segment between wagon and crossover, but in reality, both vehicles own their inspiration to the AMC Eagle, the original wagon on stilts.


[Source: NASIOC via Straightline]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      oh look the uk accord wagon mixed with some stream.
      yeah. it should say acura on it.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Three row minivan type CUV, ricer styled front air dam, humongous front overhang, ricer styled roof spoiler, ricer styled hood scoop, yep it's a Subaru.

      I'm actually sort of glad they always get their styling so wrong. Mechanically they're great cars and I'd otherwise be tempted to buy one, and then have trouble reconciling that with their hard left gays and granola bars image.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You forgot to mention those terrible, award-winning engines...

        If Subaru's functional hood scoops are "ricer", what exactly do you call useless, fake scoops on Stangs and Minis? I'm dying to know... I thought "ricer" implied nonfunctional upgrades to econocars: i.e. the standard other-side-of-the-track McHonda. Does that make all cheesy McHonda stylings "beaner" or "ricer"?

        And would Colin McRae be "hard left gay" or "granola bar"?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a no so boxy version of the Ford Flex...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I will not entertain another vehicle with a useless third row seat. Dump it for more storage space.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Exiga, Gag me.

      Legacy Wagon is dead. Long live the Legacy wagon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If this thingo is supposed to be the new Outback and be off the Legacy platform (slotted between Legacy and Tribeca, it says) maybe Subaru will catch a clue and give us back the Legacy Wagon. Mine's 3 now, but I'm not putting lots of miles on these days, so it'll probably be 4-5 years before I need a new one. They have that long, because I'm not buying a sedan, and I'm not buying a tippy-tall wagon in SUV drag.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Down with SUV's!

      Three things though Subaru... S. T. I.

      Got it? Thanks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In another year or two we will be ready for another Subie. This might be an option. I hope a powerfull diesel becomes an option without a big price penality.
      We don't need 7 seats so I hope we would not have to pay for them, but just get the extra room.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Exiga is Japan only and looks absolutely nothing like the upcoming Outback.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And you know this how, Mike????
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe it's the angle, but the windshield looks more "swooped" back in the teaser shot than the concept pictured. It also looks slightly higher off the ground, more CUVish than the VAN inspired concept.

      Could just be my eyes playing tricks though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When is Suby going to learn that the 4wd on every model approach puts them at an eternal competitive disadvantage when mileage is a factor?

      The same folk that tax cars based on engine displacement may wake up and tax on the number of wheels driven.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, when Subie recognizes that not having AWD puts them into toyokiahyundaufordchevynissanmitsuhonda land, I guess they'll stop driving all 4 wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's just one of the many cross-over "I'm-not-a-station-wagon" station wagon.

      The only wagon worth having right now rhymes with "Frodge Jagnum SRT8".
        • 6 Years Ago
        425hp makes it look mighty nice to me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        it's WAAAAY too heavy, chugs gas, and its cargo space is not much of a use because it has a small tailgate.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That 'wagon' you're talking about, is classified by as a TRUCK (or by some insurance companies as a VAN!), just in case you mistook it for a station wagon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So is the HHR. So is the PT cruiser. A sunroof turns a midsized car into a compact.

        Federal bureaucrats do counterproductive things that only make sense if you don't understand the subject, what else is new?
        • 6 Years Ago
        of all the wagons why the magnum srt8? God i hate that thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, you mean the Magnum that was just discontinued by Dodge?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a SAAB.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Doesn't it just look like the Current Tribeca?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Correction: it looks like what the Saab 9-7 should have been; a three-row wagon, rather than a Trailblazer sans cladding.
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