Could it be? Could Subaru finally be killing the Tribeca?

We'll admit it. We've been waiting for this day since we first spied the 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca. So has every other too-clever-by-half automotive journalist who slammed Subie's range-topper when it debuted in late 2005, looking like it had been styled by whatever group-think team General Motors had canned for unleashing the Pontiac Aztek on the world. We never thought Plan B9 From Outer Space would last this long to begin with, and we wouldn't be surprised if someone told us that Subaru has been keeping the slow-selling, three-row crossover in production just to keep the automotive journalist peanut gallery from gloating. We do love to gloat.

Of course, the report from Motor Trend is nothing more than a rumor at this stage, and Subaru's official response is that there will be a 2013 model year Tribeca. And who knows, maybe the powers that be at Fuji Heavy Industries will shove another delightfully refreshed model year down the pipeline. Volvo's been doing it for years.


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      Blake
      • 3 Years Ago
      "looking like it had been styled by whatever group-think team General Motors had canned for unleashing the Pontiac Aztek on the world." Nope. I expect that kind of cheap, erroneous shot from some ignorant commenter, but not from the Autoblog staff. While I'm not saying the Tribeca's original face was pleasant, it was by no means the stylistic catastrophe that was the Aztek.
      Duncan1800
      • 3 Years Ago
      It'll be interesting to see if Subaru directly designs a replacement for it, or if they work with a partner on a replacement (Toyota, maybe?).
        Chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Duncan1800
        Personally, I don't see the point in replacing the Tribeca with another crossover. As it is, the market is so heavily saturated with CUVs, and Subaru's was was no sales success. The vehicle was overkill, as the Forester and Outback offer virtually the same capabilities as any crossover does. I would rather see Subaru try to set itself apart from the rest of the market by getting back to what made them unique in the first place, instead of trying to blend in with everyone else.
        PM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Duncan1800
        I believe the next Tribeca or replacement for it, was rumored to be based on the next Highlander.
      rsholland
      • 3 Years Ago
      Subaru sells more Tribecas in Russia than they do here. It's been the overseas markets that have kept the Tribeca alive for this long. Last year there were rumors that the next-gen Highlander might be the basis for a future Tribeca. The cars would share everything from the A-pillar to the rear bumper. From the front bumper to the A-pillar each vehicle would be unique, along with their signature power trains. Hope the rumor is true.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rsholland
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      CJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Calling it the "B9" was their first mistake...
      brandon
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least the newest one isn't as bad as the first Gen. Honestly, they need to quit axing cars. First the LGT, now this. If they are dumping the Tribeca then bring back the LGT.....Please subie?!?!?!?!? Oh, please redesign the legacy sooner rather than later.
        Duncan1800
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brandon
        Couldn't agree more - the last Subaru I truly admired was the previous-gen GT Spec.B version. Then the new, fattened-up and softened version arrived, and they lost me. There was something about having WRX bits and a killer suspension setup in a slightly more luxurious package that really had a lot going for it. Apparently this was not as important to Subaru's incessant pursuit of market share as one would hope.
      paul.armetta@yahoo.com
      I haven't seen very many on the road. The later models are not as ugly as the original.
      ZOZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      The interior and the ride of this SUV are really good. The only thing I did not like was the exterior. If I wanted to save some money I would pick this one instead of my current XC90.
      BB79826
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honestly, it was a very smart idea to come out with something to compete more with the Highlanders and Pilots in the marketplace. It was designed to obviously win over people who wouldn't otherwise consider Subaru, but that original design (and its name) totally killed its chances. And now, the Outback is roomier and far more efficient, so this thing's just a redundant dud.
      SethG
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isn't an awful car. I looked at it and liked how it drove but picked the CX-9 which was larger, drove even better and got better efficiency. The Tribeca's biggest problem is that it's a half size too small for its class. This could be fixed if they developed a new one atop the new Legacy/Outback platform which is plenty big for a class competitive 3 row CUV. The 3 row CUV segment is pretty hot right now. I don't understand why Subaru wouldn't want to offer one.
      Nathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Deserves to be axed if nothing else for choosing such a pretentious moniker.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        drewpy
        • 3 Years Ago
        Then I wouldn't lament it's passing... I would like a 3rd row... But every cost is too high in the vehicles in which it is available.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @drewpy
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        Duncan1800
        • 3 Years Ago
        The last thing the Outback needs is a third row - it's already way, way too bloated in its current form.
      cmcilroy35
      • 3 Years Ago
      I live in Denver CO and Subaru sells a lot of these, and everything else they make, here in Colorado.
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