Flying What, Now? Subaru's New Tribeca Face

Say goodbye to the Subaru Tribeca's former what-if-Karl-Malden-were-an-Alfa-Romeo nose. Say hello to a more generic grill that looks equal parts Chrysler Sebring and Ford's "Dave." Nonetheless, the new styling does carry to the new Impreza, and soon to the rest of the Subaru line. We'll see in New York. See the high-res picture here.

Press Release:

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.

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.

Related:
The Flying What?: The 2007 Subaru Tribeca's Newish Nose [internal]