UPDATE: 2018 Subaru Tribeca the Japanese brand’s seven-seat SUV, the replacement has now been spotted in prototype form on the road with Mazda CX-9 and Ford Explorer. According to Subaru, key differences are dimensional. The brand-new SUV prototype is larger than the Tribeca and will be provided as basic with third-row seats. It’s created around the Subaru Global platform which in reduced kind debuted in the Impreza 2017 model. Subaru hasn’t named this new Subaru SUV model yet. This company already trademarked few names. Hinted the name as a synonym of “outside adventure,” this SUV can be possibly called as Ascent 7.
The original Tribeca has been released back in 2005 and it has been one of the unique crossovers out there. It featured a unique engine for its class and it also looked quite unusual. However, unfortunately, the car didn’t excel at anything so it lost against some of its more modern rivals. Because of that, it was also discontinued for the 2014 model year and since then not much has been said about it. However, in the last few months, Subaru showcased their plan on improving the sales on the US market considerably. It seems that they want to achieve as much as 600,000 sales per year by 2020.
2018 Subaru Tribeca Release date and Price
This would be quite hard to achieve with their current car roster. Because of that, it seems that they will eventually release the rumored 2018 Subaru Tribeca. The car will remain a mid-size crossover like before. However, this time around things is going to be a bit more conventional.
For starters, the Tribeca is expected to be based on Subaru’s upcoming modular platform which will underpin most of their cars in the next few years. A release date has not been given for the upcoming Tribeca. However, the car may be revealed around the end of 2018 and go on the market the following year. Is still too early to talk about the price but it is safe to assume it will be priced according to its competitors like the Santa Fe or the Pilot.
Unfortunately, we haven’t seen a single development mule of the 2018 Subaru Tribeca so far, so its design is still likely under development. However, Subaru did release a concept with the which is quite impressive to look at. This features a new front end design, similar to that of the Impreza but a bit bulkier. It also has a more muscular body than the older Tribeca which would translate quite nicely on a larger body that will fit the seven-seat crossover better.
Subaru Tribeca 2018 Interior
Here is where the previous model of the car lacked quite a bit in comparison with some of its rivals. The upcoming generation of the car is expected to be a lot more modern-looking than before and also more conventional. We do expect something similar to the latest Impreza but things may change until its official release in 2018. While these are still unknown factors, the car will definitely be available as a seven-seat crossover. However, it won’t have two different wheelbases. Instead, it should offer the seven seats as standard with the possibility of removing them completely.
2018 Subaru Tribeca Engine and Transmission
The only engine previously available on the car was a large 3.6 liter naturally aspirated flat-six. This was not that efficient or even that powerful. The upcoming 2018 Subaru Tribeca should feature more powerful and efficient powertrains than before. We would expect the new car to feature a small 2 liter flat-four turbocharged engine, similar to what the latest Impreza WRX has.
This new generation engine would offer a lot more low-end torque, a similar power output to the old 3.6-liter unit as well as much better fuel efficiency. While not official, the car should be able to offer between 250 and 300 horsepower and as much as 300 lb-ft of torque. An automatic transmission, very likely a CVT gearbox, should be offered as the only option. In Subaru’s tradition, the new Tribeca 2018 will be offered only as an all-wheel-drive model. A hybrid has also been rumored for a really long time but Subaru doesn’t currently have a viable powertrain for a large crossover. We would expect either a new unit or even a Toyota-based hybrid with a similar layout to that found in the RAV4 Hybrid.