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Subaru Mulls Design Direction of Seven-Seat Crossover

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/24/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Subaru Subaru Tribeca Discontinued After 2014, Replacement Coming" target="_blank">has promised to bring a new seven-seat crossover to market, but it has yet to make some major decisions on the new model. According to a report from Automotive News, Subaru is still deciding whether the new vehicle will be a "big brother" Outback or an entirely new model.

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The vehicle could receive unique styling just like other vehicles in the Subaru stable. But the automaker doesn't want to go too far, considering the Tribeca was criticized for its less-than-traditional design when it first came out. The model was discontinued in January 2014 due to sluggish sales.

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We have a feeling Subaru will be a little more conservative this time around, considering that the automaker intends the new vehicle to compete against the likes of the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Nissan Pathfinder. Nobuhiko Murakami, senior vice president of global marketing for Subaru's parent company Fuji Heavy Industries, told Automotive News that the new crossover will be primarily for the U.S. market.

It looks like Subaru could take risks in other ways. The new crossover will come with all-wheel-drive and will be roomier than the Tribeca, Murakami said. "But how we will arrange the seats is still under discussion."

Subaru could do well if the new model takes after the Outback, considering it is one of the automaker's best-selling models. But last year, the Outback was eclipsed by the Forester in terms of sales, which enjoyed a strong 29-percent increase thanks to the vehicle's redesign.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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