Subaru recently confirmed to be building and launching a new three-row crossover here in America, meaning it could be a replacement to the slow-selling Tribeca.
Not too long ago, Subaru was rumored to be introducing a new crossover to allow the automaker to become more competitive in the hottest segments in the market. Ever since the Tribeca departed, Subaru’s been lacking with its crossover participation and thus, this new model seeks to fix that.
Subaru themselves said it will be larger than the Tribeca to accomodate the third row of seating, and should sit above the rest of Subaru’s crossover offerings, such as the Outback, Forester and the Crosstrek.
Production is expected to commence in late 2016.
November 9, 2015
SUBARU CONFIRMS NEW 3-ROW CROSSOVER TO BE MADE IN U.S. AT INDIANA PRODUCTION PLANT
Subaru of Indiana Automotive will receive 3-row in 2018 as its fourth model
Cherry Hill, N.J. – Subaru has confirmed that a new 3-row crossover model, effectively replacing the retired Tribeca, will be produced at its SIA plant in Lafayette, Indiana.
The all-new crossover is expected to be built beginning in 2018 and will be a larger vehicle than the Tribeca, with full third-row capability. The new vehicle has not yet been named, but will likely carry a name synonymous with outdoor adventure, consistent with the company’s other successful crossovers; Outback, Forester and Crosstrek.
When production of the new model begins, Subaru will have four models produced in the U.S.: Legacy, Outback, a new Impreza compact sedan and 5-door model beginning production in late 2016, and this new crossover. Subaru production in Indiana is projected to be approximately 228,000 units in 2015, and annual capacity is scheduled to grow to 394,000 with the introduction of the Impreza model.
Subaru is currently enjoying its seventh consecutive year of sales records and expects to close 2015 with over 550,000 sales, with sales tripling since 2007.
Tom Easterday executive vice president, secretary, and chief legal officer of Subaru of Indiana Automotive said: “We are delighted to be bringing even more Subaru manufacturing to the U.S. The new model will also result in increased investment at SIA and at several of our suppliers across the country.”
Thomas J. Doll, President and COO of Subaru of America said “We have enjoyed record sales for seven consecutive years and the introduction of an all-new, American-made Impreza followed by an all-new larger 3-row crossover will help keep our sales momentum strong.”
– By: Chris Chin