Subaru B9 Tribeca SUV

The Subaru B9 Tribeca is a five- or seven-seat mid-size, luxury crossover Sport Utility Vehicle that was released for the 2006 model year and went on sale in June 2005 in the United States. It is built upon the Subaru Legacy platform and the B9X concept car. Interestingly, the production version of this SUV is named for New York City's famed TriBeCa neighborhood. Further, it is the first Subaru vehicle, excluding the Japan-only Subaru R1 that features the new Subaru design of a triangular grille and a rounded body. As it turns out, many in the Subaru community have found this styling to be controversial. In a smart move, Subaru has thus dropped this concept for its 2006 models and beyond. The B9 Tribeca is equipped with a 3.0 L boxer engine and carries a starting price of $30,695. A well-equipped model will run the buyer $38,320. In an interesting matching of companies, Saab was to have also received the vehicle to be called the 9-6X. These plans were stopped since Toyota's acquisition of the FHI stake that was previously held by General Motors. Had this proceeded to go through, it would have been built alongside the Tribeca at Subaru's Lafayette, Indiana factory. Very cleverly, in the United States, Subaru's television marketing campaign for the Tribeca has been featuring the Kansas song "Dust in the Wind". For 2007, the Tribeca was slightly altered to deal with many of the complaints of consumers. On the interior, drivers can expect to have XM Satellite Radio and iPod connectors. Further, a backup camera and parking assist system can be added to the navigation system if desired. Not to mention, if one wants to go all out, a $1300 Special Edition package including a mesh grille, XM radio and special wheels can be had as well.