Future of the Tribeca
The Tribeca seems to get little or no promotion from Subaru or local dealers (remember "Dust in the Wind"). The Outback and Forester now seem almost Tribeca size ... leads me to believe Tribeca is on the way out.
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Everyone else built larger 3-row crossovers, and those simply sold better.
At least we got the 3.6l H6 from it, now used in other models.
Will there be a 2011 Tribeca?
I wonder if that engine has been retuned; a friends new 3.6 Outback gets much better fuel economy than has been reported for the Tribeca.
At the time Tribeca was introduced the styling was explained in an article in a SAE publication as the outcome of strengthening the rear section of an Outback extension.
Now just what motivated the overturned bathtub styling of the new Outback?
Tribeca should also get bigger, though, to really distinguish itself. Forester is nearly the size of an Outback, and Outback is nearly the size of a Tribeca.
I wonder if they'd invest in a new one, but if they did, give the current Outback's wheelbase a good 12" stretch, and the body a 15" stretch, and give it a real 3rd row and a massive cargo area.
What's keeping the Tribeca alive is the export market. My Subie salesman told me they sell maybe 5 times as many Tribecas in Russia, than they do here.
Subaru sells the Tribeca in almost every market it sells cars. The countries in which it is not sold, and in which Subaru has a marketing presence, is less than a half dozen. Check it out for yourself. Here's the link to their global site:
My guess is that perhaps 25% of the Tribecas built in Indiana, are sold in the USA. The rest are exported.
They could use the capacity here to build more Outbacks, so it would make sense to shift Tribeca production elsewhere (and cancel US sales).
I am sure when I say for less , that can be for way less, right now $1000 under invoice, and if I find a 2010 by them, things will get interesting.