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Subaru B9 Tribeca (B9X)

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  • sdufordsduford Posts: 577
    Just search through this thread and the Future Vehicles one. 100s of messages from people who have seen it in person.

     

    Sly
  • saustinsaustin Posts: 68
    Thanks, that the site we saw with the show events.Wanted to hear from folks who've attended.
  • saustinsaustin Posts: 68
    had looked from 64 on with no info from an in person siting.
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Scan back. Juice and Bob saw it and reported on Jan 11 or so. I saw it and reported on Jan 15 or so. We all gave writeups and pictures. I actually liked the Tribeca a lot. It's definitely roomier than the Legacy/Outback.

     

    Craig
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We could get Dicky V., instead of Trifecta is Tribeca!

     

    I liked how he would pronounce Mercury.

     

    Steve Austin: the bionic man. ;-)

     

    Inside is wider than the Legacy, better for 3 across seating in the middle row. Cargo space is not any bigger unless you slide the 2nd row forward, though.

     

    The front arm rest is also wider, the seats farther apart.

     

    Still, I'd call it a roomy mid-size, not a full-size vehicle by any means.

     

    -juice
  • saustinsaustin Posts: 68
    Thanks juice, makes it very hard then to choose between this and a loaded Sienna.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    OK, I admit it. I am a geek. While C&D is my magazine of choice, I also get Motor Trend. They had a preview of the Tribeca. They talked about a comparison to the X5 3.0, and how the Tribeca offered about a 20% better hp to weight ratio. They also said that Subaru was claiming 0-50 in 8.0, which they thought was about a half second conservative. While they did not time it, they said with the gearing they thought about 7.5 seconds 0-60 seemed reasonable.

     

    If that is the case, I think it has enough power as compared to the competition, all carping about torque aside.

     

    They did comment on the controversial nose, but I am trying to stay away from further discussions of styling, which I think have been beat to death.
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    go to subdriven.com
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    it is not hard. wait for the tribeca. The VDC feature alone is worth it.
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    this is what motor trend had to say

     

    Don't laugh, but this crossover SUV powered by the Outback wagon's 3.0-liter flat-six and five-speed automatic is intended to outperform BMW's X5 3.0i. Check the stats: relative to the BMW's inline six the Subie makes 25 more horsepower (250 total), and the truck weighs 450 pounds less, giving it a 19 percent advantage in weight-to-power. The front strut/rear multi-link suspension is tuned to closely match the handling dynamics of the BMW, while softening the suspension settings for improved ride quality. Fat 255/55R18 Goodyear Eagles match the size of the X5's sport suspension tires. Where Subaru clearly trumps BMW is in interior space efficiency. Stretching just five inches longer on a 2.8-inch shorter wheelbase, the B9 Tribeca fits three rows of seats (a third-row-delete option will be offered). Max cargo space with the seats folded flat appears to be much larger than in the BMW. Of course, learning to love Subaru's new airplane-inspired nose may take time.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    Oops, I meant to say Subaru was claiming 0-60 in 8.0 seconds, which Motor Trend thought was conservative.
  • jon_in_ctjon_in_ct Posts: 137
    Here's what people will actually read if they buy the March 2005 Motor Trend magazine:
    2006 SUBARU B9 TRIBECA

    It has great, er.. personality


     

    Don't guffaw, but Subaru thinks it can build a better X5. Really. Your eyes are rolling, but the engineers of this Indiana-built crossover were so sure we'd agree that they let us drive the new B9 Tribeca back-to-back with an X5 3.0i priced about $15,000 higher.

     

    Subaru's six cylinders are arranged horizontally for a lower center of gravity. This 3.0-liter flat-six comes directly out of an Outback and sounds even sweeter than the X5's inline-six. Relative to that sterling mill, it produces an extra 25 horsepower and five-pound-feet of torque. Weighing in at a claimed 4250 pounds, the Scooby's six has 450 fewer pounds to lug around that the Bimmer, giving it a 19 percent advantage in weight-to-power.

     

    Drop the hammer, and the B9 steps off briskly enough to discount Subaru's 8.0-second 0-to-60-mph estimate as at least a half-second conservative. Short gearing in the standard five-speed automatic and an aggressive throttle tip-in would make this a difficult vehicle to place accurately on rocks and other off-road obstacles. But with no low-range or locking differentials, Subaru (like BMW) is content to cede that type of driving to Jeep. Standard AWD and stability control teamed with 8.4 inches of ground clearance should tackle any rough two-track.

     

    A front strut/rear multilink suspension was tuned to closely match the handling dynamics of the BMW, while softening the suspension settings for improved ride quality. Fat 255/55R18 Goodyear Eagles match the size of the X5's sport suspension tires. An hour behind the wheel afforded few twisty sections, but each was threaded with aplomb and minimal body roll. Midcourse steering corrections never were required, but the steering feels a trifle light, and it transmits less road-surface information than BMW's does. Still, this is an impressively astute road-runner.

     

    Where Subaru clearly trumps BMW is in interior-space efficiency. Stretching just five inches longer on a 2.8-inch-shorter wheelbase the B9 Tribeca fits three rows of seats (a third-row-delete option will be offered). The middle row slides to apportion legroom between rows. Max cargo space with the seats folded flat appears to be much larger than in the BMW.

     

    Subaru's new aeronautical, dare we say Alfa-inspired, façade may cause passersby to smirk, but the smiles on a B9 driver's face will be genuine - Frank Markus
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Vans will win on space, compared to any SUV really. I bet a Sienna has as much interior space as full-size SUVs.

     

    Those 0-60 estimates sound great. What did they do to the engine tuning and tranny? Wow.

     

    C&D's numbers for the MDX and Pilot are 7.8 and 7.6, respectively.

     

    Glad to hear they thought body roll was under control.

     

    -juice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    OK, who do I gotta pay off to drive one of these things! I'm salivating at the thought...

     

    -juice
  • njswamplandsnjswamplands Posts: 1,760
    but posts messages from the after life.
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    My minivan had a lot more space than my Sequoia. But my Suburban had more space than my Minivan, but it's significantly larger too! ;-)

     

    Wow, if the Tribeca can even pull off an 8 sec 0-60 I'd be impressed. I guess they don't need a high top speed and can gear the tranny as such.

     

    A little faster would be nice, though. ;-)

     

    I'm still waiting to see one in person- but change the nose and I'd definitely consider buying one right now.

     

    tom
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    8 sec is more than decent for a family car
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,691
    and as much as I like the "Telluride" name, I think from a marketing position, Subaru might be better served by just adding an LL Bean version—but with all those features that were mentioned a while back as part of the Telluride package/trim.

     

    I still would very much like to see a B9 Telluride, but maybe that could be the name for a Baja replacement, if they decide to do that. I think the Baja has generated so much bad press, that if Subaru should ever want to do a pickup based on the B9 platform, perhaps severing all ties to the "Baja" name might be a wise marketing move.

     

    I do like the name "Baja," and I still believe in the concept; I just don't see Subaru continuing with it. Just as other truckmakers introduce new names for larger all-new models (Tacoma/Tundra, etc.), Subaru should probably do the same.

     

    Bob
  • njswamplandsnjswamplands Posts: 1,760
    8 sec is more than decent for a family car

     

    i hate these generalizations as i would love a 0-60 in 5.0 minivan. fast family cars ( fxt ) rock.
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    I agree! (although I'd settle for 0-60 in 6 sec)

     

    tom
  • Butt ugly.

     

    '05 Outback Wagon

    '98 Forseter L

    '91 Loyale Wagon
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    MT estimates 7.5s after driving it, so quick or not it must not feel slow.

     

    C&D also said it never felt lacking, especially rolling acceleration.

     

    swampy is going to sue for trade mark violation. He does own the quick post. ;-)

     

    -juice
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    Bob, my bad, I am the only one I see complaining a lot and that is because I am 6' 3". But I really do need a Baja type vehicle. If they took out the moonroof in the current unit I MIGHT be able to fit. It is actually a very well thought of vehicle by those who fit.

     

    John
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,691
    John, you're preaching to choir here. I too love the Baja concept. I just fear that Subaru has given up on it, that's all.

     

    Bob
  • ladywclassladywclass Posts: 1,684
    nooooo swamp owns the SHORT post .. *I* own the QUICK one!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You got me, Brenda!

     

    But the B9 Scrambler is still mine. LOL

     

    -juice
  • ladywclassladywclass Posts: 1,684
    hey ...I thought we had a joint custody agreement on the Scrambler!!!

     

    gotta watch juice .. <eagle eyes peeled>
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,691
    at the Portland car show.

     

    http://www.subiegal.com/images/events/subaru_b9tribeca/b9tribeca.- htm

     

    She indicated that the car seemed to be very well recieved by those attending the show, judging by the comments she overheard there.

     

    Bob
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