It’s time for the Subaru Tribeca to take a final bow, as after the 2014 model year, Subaru plans to drop the vehicle from its lineup. Although this means the automaker will not have a three-row SUV in its lineup, Subaru won’t be out of the game for long.
Subaru has decided to cease production of the Tribeca as it has continued to struggle against competitors like the Dodge Durango, Honda Pilot, and Chevrolet Traverse, as well as coming in way behind other models in the Subaru lineup. For the first few months of the year, the automaker only managed to sell 1,247 of the Tribeca.
Subaru of America’s Jessica Tullman has confirmed the discontinuation of the Subaru Tribeca, noting that the last deliveries will be made in February 2014. “The Tribeca debuted as Subaru’s midsize SUV in 2005 and has sold approximately 78,000 vehicles to date. Subaru of America will offer a 2014 model year Tribeca through end of production and the company has announced that it plans to return to the midsize SUV segment with a three-row vehicle in the future.”
When compared to other vehicles in its segment, the Subaru Tribeca continually came in far behind, both smaller and more expensive than much of its competition. In order to become a bigger player in the three-row SUV segment, Subaru will need to make sure to accommodate all passengers. The new model should take cues from the smaller, five-passenger Forester, which has proved to be a top contender in its segment.