With its existing model, not a great hot seller, the 2017 Subaru Tribeca is already on the minds of the Japanese auto manufacturer. Australian auto sources say that the 2017 version of the new crossover is already on the drawing board and that Subaru is expecting to capture market share when it launches.
The crossover market is one of the most hotly contested ones in the industry. All leading auto manufacturers are vying for top spot, with names like Mitsubishi’s, Hyundai’s and Honda already firmly established in this space. So what does Subaru have to do to establish dominance in this environment? Let’s see what’s in store for the new Tribeca.
2017 Subaru Tribeca – Looks and Shape Upgrade
Yet unnamed, the 2017 Subaru Tribeca will most probably inherit the lengthier and wider underpinnings that are the hallmarks of the tough Outback and successful Legacy platform. With the possibility of these elongated and widened dimensions offering 7+plus-1 seating (driver plus 7 passengers), in addition to luggage, Subaru appears to be firmly repositioning itself in the driver’s seat of the heated 3-row crossover segment.
The new Tribeca is also likely to inherit several styling tips from its manufacturers’ VIZIV 2 concept that the company unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. A play on the words “Vision for innovation”, the concept (first unveiled in 2014) will feature headlights that are elongated and a radiator grille that’s much taller than the hex grille featured in the Outback.
Reputable sources indicate that for the U.S market, the 2017 Subaru Tribeca will be built in the company’s Indiana plant, with variations available for other regional markets. The U.S market is set to be strengthened with an additional line-up that will boost sales of the already hot Subaru Outback and Forester ranges. Europe and Australia will receive a smaller version of the Tribeca – the Levorg; while Japanese consumers are set to get a sportier Exiga 7-seat version.
2017 Subaru Tribeca – Modifications in the Engine
Given past strategies from the Japanese auto giant, the 2017 Subaru Tribeca is expected to be available with the usual array of 4 and 6-cylinder engine options. It is expected that Subaru will offer its highly acclaimed all-wheel drive technology as a standard offering on all the new Tribeca models. Since environmental concerns are already taking center stage for most car buyers these days, auto industry watchers believe that Subaru will launch a hybrid gas-electric version of the 2017 Tribeca later on during its production run.
2017 Subaru Tribeca – Stiff competition
While the Subaru Tribeca 2017 will try to emulate the success of its cousins, the Forester and Outback, it is in for some tough competition from other manufacturers. Some of the stars against whom the 2017 Tribeca will include Mitsubishi’s Outlander, Toyota’s Highlander, Hyundai’s Santa Fe, Nissan’s Pathfinder, Kia’s Sorento, and Honda’s Pilot.
With so much variety to choose from, auto buyers will have a tough time choosing a crossover that fits their every need. It remains to be seen, however, whether the 2017 Subaru Tribeca comes out with enough differentiating features to not only make existing Tribeca owners to adopt it but also for owners of other manufacturers’ vehicles to follow suit.