Subaru is going to have its hands full at the Tokyo Motor Show next week, but while the Cross Sport Design Concept is expected to preview a Tribeca-replacing crossover, this new model could still be at least two years from production. It has already been confirmed that production of the Tribeca will end early next year, but in speaking with Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, the president of Subaru's parent Fuji Heavy Industries, Automotive News is reporting that there will be a lengthy gap between the Tribeca and its eventual replacement.

The next-gen three-row crossover wasn't included in an annual production capacity goal of 500,000 units expected in the US by the end of 2016, so it's likely that we won't see this much-needed CUV until 2017. While the details of this new model aren't known, Yoshinaga told AN that it will be "completely different" from the Tribeca. As we heard back in February, we do expect this seven-passenger crossover to grow in size in order to offer a larger cabin with more third-row space.

Automotive News even mentions that the Tribeca replacement could be based on the existing Subaru Exiga from the Japanese market. That three-row vehicle splits the difference between a minivan and wagon, with swinging doors instead of sliders, and a tall greenhouse.


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      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      To make a competitive and successful 3rd row vehicle subaru CANNOT use any current platform that it already uses. Everything is much too small! They need to borrow from toyota or develop their own bigger platform. Most people here have not experienced actually being in the exiga... its way smaller than the tribeca and would be a step backwards!
      XT6Wagon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bet its based on the Highlander instead of the Murano. You know what with the being part owned by Toyota and kicking the Subaru-Nissan relationship to the curb.
        Chris Bangle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @XT6Wagon
        Nissan hasn't had an ownership stake in FHI since 1999
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris Bangle
          @ XT6Wagon. No, they pulled it from the existing Legacy.
          SethG
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris Bangle
          The Tribeca is based on the last generation Legacy/Outback platform. That was a great platform and the Tribeca drives very nicely but it's simply to small to be a legitimate 3 row CUV. The current Legacy/Outback platform is much bigger. It is a less engaging drive but it would be perfect for a new Tribeca that could offer a useful 3rd row.
          denniskfc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris Bangle
          XT6Wagon: no tribeca is based on legacy, but i know you pulled your comment out of your A$$
          XT6Wagon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris Bangle
          Um, they continued to share parts after that. You think Subaru pulled a whole new platform out of its *** just for the tribeca?
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Exiga is an intriguing starting point. Not an enthusiast vehicle by any stretch, but a much more useful package than the Tribeca. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Subaru_Exiga_rear.jpg http://www.automobilesreview.com/gallery/new-model-subaru-exiga/subaru-exiga-07.jpg
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      And the crossovers, they just keep a comin
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      The tribeca had so much potential, but the first look was too polarizing it freaked people out, and the face lift made it invisible to the market....
      Neil
      • 1 Year Ago
      the problem with the tribeca is that when the styling was revised, it looked as bland as a camry! it could also use direct inection
        SethG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Neil
        Styling aside, the problem with the Tribeca is interior packaging. It's just not big enough inside. You can't have people with legs sit in the 2nd and 3rd rows at the same time. Moving it to the current Legacy/Outback platform would go a long way to addressing this problem.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Neil
        Is there a 3-row SUV which is NOT bland looking?
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder (though I find it ugly, it certainly isn't bland), GMC Acadia, etc. These are CUVs, not SUVs. Learn the difference.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Neil
        Yeah! They went from "so ugly it hurts" to "so bland I don't see it", one extreme to the other. Whenever I see one, I have to look twice to make sure it's not a Kia Borrego. IMO they look pretty similar, although (and I already regret this even before I type it) I prefer the Kia.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice.
      Clock
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did I hear flat - 8? No, I didn't hear flat - 8.
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