Friday, October 18, 2013

Bye, Tribeca!

Subaru of America, Inc. has confirmed that production of the Tribeca model will cease in January 2014 with last deliveries to retailers in February 2014.

The Tribeca debuted as Subaru’s mid-size SUV in 2005 and has sold approximately 78,000 vehicles to date.  It was only released in North America (no JDM version) and later to a few other countries, including Australia.

Subaru has announced that it plans to return to the mid-size SUV segment with a three-row vehicle in the future.  It won't be a "Tribeca" as far as I know, though Japan does currently have a vehicle called the "Exiga" that is also a 7-passenger vehicle.  It could be carried over to the US Market, but we could also see a whole new vehicle.

There's a lot of "new" going on for the company in the coming years.  This spring, the all-new 2015 WRX will debut.  Later in the Summer of 2014, the new 6th Generation of the Legacy and Outback will hit dealerships.  Subaru's production facilities in Lafayette Indiana will also see the inclusion of the Impreza in 2016, which will likely be for the new model of that as well.  Since the Tribeca was built out of Lafayette, it's likely the new model will also be built there.  That will mean Outbacks, Legacies, Imprezas, and the new 3-Row Subaru will have domestic construction to help meet rising demand for this growing brand.

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