Just because the Subaru Tribeca is begging for euthanasia doesn’t mean there isn’t need for a big utility vehicle within the brand.
Through the first 10 months of this year, the company has only managed to sell 1,348 copies of its Tribeca SUV. It will be discontinued next year, but the company is already plotting a seven-seat replacement, president of Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries Yasuyuki Yoshinaga told Automotive News.
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“I’ve received very strong requests from U.S. dealers for a multi-passenger, seven-seat vehicle,” Yoshinaga said. “And we are planning to introduce it to the U.S. market.”
It isn’t clear exactly when the new people hauler will be ready, but Yoshinaga said it won’t arrive in time for a seamless transition following the Tribeca’s exit.
He also said the new vehicle will be completely different than the Tribeca, which is probably a good thing considering how poorly it has sold since its 2005 introduction.
[Source: Automotive News]