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Old 03-21-2017, 11:40 PM   #1
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Default Subaru's Tribeca successor spied

No source on why both Autoblog or Autonews believe it'll be named the Ascent. Photos in this thread are taken from Autoblog's website. Go to Autonews.com's link for their images posted on their website.

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http://www.autonews.com/article/2017...uccessor-spied

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Subaru's Tribeca successor spied

March 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

[By: ]Richard Truett


The shape of the grille and flush mounted headlights on Subaru's three-row crossover are in keeping with the design language shown on the next-generation XV subcompact crossover shown recently in Geneva and that will be sold in the U.S. as the Crosstrek.

Subaru’s second crack at a large three-row crossover will get its official debut next month as a concept at the New York International Auto Show. But new spy photos give the clearest look yet to the vehicle that will replace the discontinued and unloved Tribeca.

In terms of appearance, the new crossover -- likely to be named Ascent -- looks very conventional, which is understandable after the Tribeca disaster. You might remember that the original B9 Tribeca debuted with a strange looking and polarizing aperture in the center of its grille that likely hobbled sales.


The Tribeca launched in 2006 was criticized for its quirky front end, especially the grille that drew on the company's aircraft heritage.
The shape of the grille and flush mounted headlights are in keeping with the design language shown on the next-generation XV subcompact crossover shown recently in Geneva and that will be sold here as the Crosstrek.

Subaru's U.S. sales have advanced nine straight years and the new crossover is expected to play a key role in maintaining the brand's momentum.

At the Geneva show, Subaru CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said he does not expect the new crossover to siphon a large percentage of sales from established vehicles, such as the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse. Yoshinaga said Subaru’s existing customers that are looking for a larger crossover, but who want to stay with the brand, will be the natural customer for the new vehicle.

No word yet on powertrains, but it is very likely that some version of Subaru’s largest engine, a 3.6-liter boxer six-cylinder, will be offered.

You can reach Richard Truett at [email protected]
http://www.autoblog.com/2017/03/21/2...crossover-suv/

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These images give us our best look so far at the Subaru Ascent, a new-for-2018 three-row crossover to fill the hole in Subaru's product lineup since the unloved Tribeca was discontinued after 2014.

This prototype is lightly coated in a body-hugging camouflage wrap and appears to take its design from the Highlander-on-steroids Viziv-7 Concept that debuted at November's Los Angeles Auto Show. An exec from Subaru's parent company said at the time that "the next three-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever." That's for sure: The wheelbase is 117.7 inches and the overall vehicle measures 204.7 inches - a bit longer than a Chevy Tahoe.

Subaru may well debut the production Ascent at the New York Auto Show in April. In the meantime, check out the spy shots above.












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Old 03-21-2017, 11:48 PM   #2
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I'm loving the proportions, especially the fact that there is very little if any sign of the sloping roof line and rising belt line. Love you, Subaru.

Looks like we'll get amber turn signals for the taillights too (hopefully).

Edit: Is it just me or did Autoblog.com make a typo on the wheelbase measurement?

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Old 03-22-2017, 12:11 AM   #3
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I'm loving the proportions, especially the fact that there is very little if any sign of the sloping roof line and rising belt line. Love you, Subaru.

Looks like we'll get amber turn signals for the taillights too (hopefully).
Yeps. Like it. eyesight, an actual functional rear window on a CUV. SOLD.

FA25? H6?
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Old 03-22-2017, 02:48 AM   #4
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No hood scoop
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Old 03-22-2017, 05:28 AM   #5
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My wife wants an Expedition. Hopefully this vehicle can save me from that fate.
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a safe design
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looks like a mini-van with about a 2" lift.
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Old 03-22-2017, 11:50 AM   #9
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No hood scoop
don't forget, the Forester XT does not have a hood scoop. The air intake for the intercooler is built into the hood. The vehicle is not a sports car like a civic type r or wrx. But that does not mean it does not have a turbo 4 under the hood.
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looks like a mini-van with about a 2" lift.
Isn't that exactly what most of these 7-passenger vehicles are? Especially the current Pilot.
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Pretty much. I like it, I think it looks like what it is and is supposed to be, mildly bland, but thats what sells. I like that it has a lot of larger forester to it, but does retain some of the former Tribecas small styling elements, like the tails, etc. Not just an enlarged forester. Wears the corporate face well. Looks so big, the driver must be shorter to boot. I think these have far more affinity for success than the Tribeca ever did. We'll see.
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I'm surprised at the proportions, this thing is supposed to be as big as a Tahoe. It actually looks like a large Outback.
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I like it. It's a huge wagon and it screams Subaru.

They're going to sell a ton of these.

Also, those are some fat tires.
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Isn't that exactly what most of these 7-passenger vehicles are? Especially the current Pilot.
I think it's just the camouflage playing tricks on my eyes, but it looks like the bottom of the bumper and the side skirts are lower in relation to the hub of the wheel than most of the other 7 passenger CUV's... It just looks like it needs another inch or two to distinguish itself as a CUV rather than a mini-van. Maybe that'll disappear once we see it without camouflage and the bottom portion of the bumpers black to give the illusion that it's raised more than it actually is.
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^ IMO the Mazda CX-9 has the same look to it. Looks low. CX-9 is 200 inches long and weighs 4140 lbs.
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I'm surprised at the proportions, this thing is supposed to be as big as a Tahoe. It actually looks like a large Outback.
Yeah, I cant decide if it looks more like a huge Outback or a huge Forester, both with a mild tribeca aftertaste. Mission acomplished in that aspect, IMHO

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I like it. It's a huge wagon and it screams Subaru.

They're going to sell a ton of these.

Also, those are some fat tires.
Agreed, I think they made a good product with this and I bet it will sell well too. The driver looks so dwarfed in what otherwise looks like a big new sort of forester, its deceiving.
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^ IMO the Mazda CX-9 has the same look to it. Looks low. CX-9 is 200 inches long and weighs 4140 lbs.
Looks a little low. New crosstrack had more ground clearence. Schould be a bit higher
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They just need to sort the side profiles of their cars.. The're too flat.
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Looks a little low. New crosstrack had more ground clearence. Schould be a bit higher
No need. These will only be found at the mall, Starbucks, and soccer practice. Less than 1% will go on anything but pavement.
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They just need to sort the side profiles of their cars.. The're too flat.
Subaru uses the width of the car to maximize interior room. It's another one of those form follows function compromises.
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No need. These will only be found at the mall, Starbucks, and soccer practice. Less than 1% will go on anything but pavement.
Ground clearance isnt just for offroading. You need it just as much for a snowberm to get out of your own driveway or during an extra gnarly winter, like weve had this year, because you need to get somewhere before the plows get it fully under control.
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Looks a little low. New crosstrack had more ground clearence. Schould be a bit higher
I'm hoping (and expecting) it will have ground clearance equal to Outback. That would suffice.
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Ground clearance isnt just for offroading. You need it just as much for a snowberm to get out of your own driveway or during an extra gnarly winter, like weve had this year, because you need to get somewhere before the plows get it fully under control.
Well it sounds like your Duramax is gonna be a lot better than this thing.
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Dont worry, the OEM tires are very much the snow performance level of RE92's. They suck donkey balls. Clearance is good, not that much more than a suby though, but approach angles and so on...

Im just saying having the clearance in this sort of car, (which I bet is the same 8.7 as the current rest of the line) is tailored to the snow country side of things rather than the dirt road to OHV road thing. Theres a lot of lower riding AWD cars up here, new, Audis, MBZ, BMW among them, that look like dogsquat because of how huge our winter has been. Bumpers all messed up, undercarriage probably took a beating, etc. Hell Ive been out on some storm days where it was really rough even in the truck, would have torn a fender off on my WRX.
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Old 03-22-2017, 11:08 PM   #25
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Looks like outback and forester mix with hints of tribeca. I like. Seems lower than outback and forester but that's fine. Prefer a little better handling vs clearance in day to day. Tribeca was lower as well. Keep in mind its a taller vehicle than those two, so with less clearance they should all be around the same height. Those wheels look like 19"? Maybe 245's? Tribeca was 255's.

Just need to know powertrain options. Would be happy with the rumored turbo 4 but I think a less stressed 6 would be better.
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