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Originally Posted by Subaru Press Release
FHI Unveils New Subaru Tribeca at the New York International Auto Show

Tokyo, April 3, 2007 – Fuji Heavy Industries Inc. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced its plan to introduce the redesigned Subaru B9 Tribeca, now named Subaru Tribeca, and to start sales in the U.S. this summer. FHI will unveil the new Tribeca (U.S. specifications) at the New York International Auto Show, which will be held from April 6 through 15. (Press days : April 4 and 5)

Advancing the concept of a progressive sports utility vehicle (SUV), the new Tribeca features powerful new styling, improved performance, enhanced comfort and functionality. Its exterior design stresses a more SUV-like appearance with a new front face design. The revamped Tribeca is equipped with a newly designed 3.6-liter boxer engine. Although larger and more powerful than the previous 3-liter engine, the new engine delivers both improved performance and fuel efficiency in real world driving situations. Design modifications in its cooling system have enabled the use of regular unleaded fuel, a change from premium only—helping to lower consumer operating costs.

Subaru Tribeca (U.S. specifications)

1. Streamlined sophisticated styling
The exterior design of the new Tribeca is streamlined and powerful, building upon the sporty and dynamic feel of its predecessor model. Interior designs express a sophisticated quality look and sportiness.

2. Outstanding performance
The new Tribeca has been developed with the goal of balancing improved performance and environmental considerations.
• Without increasing the physical dimensions of the power unit, the displacement was expanded from 3.0 to 3.6 liters, which was made possible primarily through design changes involving expanded bore dimensions and a longer stroke.
• The new engine maintains the same levels of emissions and fuel efficiency as the previous 3-liter unit, despite the larger engine size and more powerful output.
• The new 3.6-liter boxer engine features Dual Active Valve Control System (Dual AVCS) for controlling timing in both the intake and exhaust valves, which helps provide improved low-end torque.
• Design modifications made to the cooling system allow the use of regular unleaded gasoline, which contributes to lowering consumer operating costs.
• A substantially revised 5-speed Automatic transmission with newly designed control unit, refined torque converter and optimized gear ratio delivers faster shifting response and smooth and powerful acceleration.
• The new engine and transmission are lighter weight, achieving a total weight reduction of 4.4 kilograms.

3. Improved comfort and functionality
The new Tribeca offers a pleasant ride with improved access, visibility, and comfort.
• Third row seating access has been enhanced through a number of changes. The second row seat comes with a tilt-and-slide control on both the driver’s and passenger’s sides and a new assist spring that reduces the effort needed to slide the second row seat. Also new are molded grab handles on the lower C-pillar to assist in stepping into the third row.
• With redesigned door mirrors and rear quarter windows, side and rear vision have been improved.
• Re-calibrated rear suspension with new bushings improves ride comfort.

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About Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, is a leading manufacturer in Japan with a long history of technological innovations that dates back to its origin as an aircraft company. While the automotive business is a main business pillar, FHI’s Aerospace, Industrial Products and Eco Technologies divisions offer a diverse range of products from general-purpose engines, power generators, and sanitation trucks to small airplanes, crucial components for passenger aircrafts, and wind-powered electricity generating systems. Recognized internationally for its AWD (All-Wheel Drive) technology and Horizontally-Opposed engines in Subarus, FHI is also spearheading the development of environmentally friendly products and is committed to contributing to global environmental preservation.













 

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It looks nice, but has no individuality. Does resemble a Chrysler. I agree that the bugeye B9 looks better. But, they must conform to the masses to make a buck.
 

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Well, Subaru has succeded in making the B9 look like every other crossover on the market.

Glad I got one before the change.
 

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is it me or does this look like a Chrysler Pacifica? I know the current Beca is out of the norm but then again, believe it or not there are not many around(atlest in north Jersey) and i still get compliments on it. each to it's own i guess
 

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is it me or does this look like a Chrysler Pacifica? I know the current Beca is out of the norm but then again, believe it or not there are not many around(atlest in north Jersey) and i still get compliments on it. each to it's own i guess
i was thinking more of a hyundai santa fe, but your not the first person to say it looks like a pacifica.
 

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Def more mainstream. Ahh conformaty!!

What is the HP rating?


Will they orphan the 3.0l now?

What's the business about changing the cooling system to allow regular gas to be used? I find my Tribeca works the same with reg or premium.

Edit...found on another site:
<TABLE border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>HP 256 @ 6,000 rpm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Torque 247 lb.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm</TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
 

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Tup said:
Def more mainstream. Ahh conformaty!!

What is the HP rating?


Will they orphan the 3.0l now?

What's the business about changing the cooling system to allow regular gas to be used? I find my Tribeca works the same with reg or premium.

Edit...found on another site:
<TABLE border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>HP 256 @ 6,000 rpm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Torque 247 lb.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm</TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

More efficient cylinder wall cooling prevents pre-ignition. That's what I got from it.
 

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i was thinking more of a hyundai santa fe, but your not the first person to say it looks like a pacifica.
funny you say that because i was trying to figure out which it looks like the most. the Santa Fe or the Pacifica... i think the grill is what makes it look more like the Pacifica where as the back looks more like the Santa Fe in my opinion.

regardless..i think the whole body styling looks boring.
 

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I don't know what they were thinking about this refresh, but the only cool thing I found so far about this car is the new integrated key. Other than that the car looks like a hot mess slapped by Chrysler, and then destroyed by Hyundai. The least they could have done was thrown on a decent set of HID's or a Turbo. Totally disappointed...:tdown:
 

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B9LTD83 said:
I don't know what they were thinking about this refresh, but the only cool thing I found so far about this car is the new integrated key. Other than that the car looks like a hot mess slapped by Chrysler, and then destroyed by Hyundai. The least they could have done was thrown on a decent set of HID's or a Turbo. Totally disappointed...:tdown:
agreed. HIDs would definitely be nice, maybe an autolock function, hello subaru, this is suppose to be your flagship car right? i hope they put in a bigger gas tank too, 14.9 gallons on an SUV is down right silly, especially when you have to put in premium gas.
 

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Actually the 'Beca has a 16.9 gallon fuel tank-still too small.

Saw the pics first in the NYT and found the redesign totally forgettable as well and agree with the Pacifica meets Sante Fe styling cues. Official pics look slightly better but still prefer the quirky looks of the original. More torque would be nice but never have found ours to be underpowered for every day use.

Glad I got the original to go with our 02 bug-eyes WRX

Speaking of WRX the new re-design looks AWFUL can anyone say Kia Rio!?
 

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Speaking of WRX the new re-design looks AWFUL can anyone say Kia Rio!?
really? i like the hatch/wagon, i think subaru finally got it right this time. yes its more mainstream now, more appealing to the masses, but they've improved alot. love the integrated hood, rear diffuser, interior is very nice. at first i wasnt too wild about it, but its grown on me, pretty much like all WRX's of the past. my only wish is the fender flares.
 

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I recently bought a 2007 Tribeca and love the exterior styling. It has a porsche cayenne look about it. I think the 2008 looks very good and will likely appeal to more of an audience, but I like the '06/'07 styling much better! I probably would not have purchased the Tribeca if this were 2008. Subaru needs to sell cars, so I can't really blame them for change.
 

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abm77 said:
The old one looks alot better, this looks like all the american and korean suvs:( .
I thought I liked the old one better too... then i put them side by side. Hands down the 08 looks a lot better than the 06/07... It is a little more conventional looking... but nothing that a few tweaks won't fix.
 
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