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Charger
01-10-2005, 07:42 PM
<IMG SRC="http://www.subdriven.com/gallery/albums//Automobiles/B9%20Tribeca/016.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.subdriven.com/gallery/generated//Automobiles/B9%20Tribeca/018__scaled_600.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.subdriven.com/gallery/generated//Automobiles/B9%20Tribeca/019__scaled_600.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.subdriven.com/gallery/generated//Automobiles/B9%20Tribeca/005__scaled_600.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.subdriven.com/news/uploads/Subaru_News/b9_750.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.subdriven.com/news/uploads/Subaru_News/001__scaled_600.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.subdriven.com/news/uploads/Subaru_News/003__scaled_600.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.subdriven.com/news/uploads/Subaru_News/015__scaled_600_001.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br>source: subdriven

Player4
01-10-2005, 07:45 PM
Interior is actually very surprising because it looks very nice! But still outside is funky it looks like an ugly minivan!!

anonms
01-10-2005, 07:52 PM
This... thing looks plain weird.<p>The dash looks odd and the exterior looks like a mutilated Murano.

Dodger
01-10-2005, 07:54 PM
The front end destroys this vehicle.

LEXUS FAN!
01-10-2005, 08:17 PM
i have to say...i like the interior, but the exterior is a different story

CarMattZu777
01-10-2005, 08:33 PM
If only the front and rear were better executed. The interior is nice. I also like this car because it is built on the same line where they used to build the Axiom :)

Dan J.
01-10-2005, 08:36 PM
It is certainly distinctive! It isn't ugly but the upside down Alpha Romeo grill needs to go.

Gian86
01-10-2005, 09:16 PM
Very nice interior indeed but it does look like the recent Alfa Romeo cars mostly on exterior body which is copied by same designer from Alfa Romeo.<br>Well, my result is.... this car doesn't look much ugly also. It looks okay. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

RetroJapan
01-10-2005, 09:30 PM
Looks better in these official photos.... Still really bizarre and that front end is sadly also still very ungainly...

Andre
01-10-2005, 10:43 PM
<IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_detroit/subaru/b9x/images/DSCN1711.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_detroit/subaru/b9x/images/DSCN1710.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_detroit/subaru/b9x/images/DSCN1717.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_detroit/subaru/b9x/images/DSCN1712.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: <A HREF="http://www.autoweek.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.com</A>

DrPetrus
01-11-2005, 01:57 AM
Somehow these high resolution pictures didn't make me feel any better. I feel like crying. <br>This would acurately describe my reactions on seeing this car: <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/scared.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/pukeface.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/crying.gif" BORDER="0"> It only goes to show: High expectations are doomed to be crushed. At this moment I almost agree with the quote below.

knicks125
01-11-2005, 06:06 AM
Agreed with many posts here...interior looks fantasic but can't say the same for the exterior (espeically the front...ew, what is that?)

bolita
01-11-2005, 07:34 AM
I guess I'll be the odd man out on this one. Even though I agree that the exterior is "different" I think I'll wait until I see one to judge it. <p>In any case it is distinctive in an upscale fashion and I strongly believe that this baby will sell in the numbers Subaru is projecting. Was it around 60K a year? or less?

Andre
01-11-2005, 08:54 AM
Overall I like it, but some angles on the front I can't agree with.

Monkey
01-11-2005, 08:57 AM
Anyone know if those tail lights just above the bumper are lights, or reflectors. It would like quite odd when braking if they are lights.

knicks125
01-11-2005, 09:32 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Monkey</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Anyone know if those tail lights just above the bumper are lights, or reflectors. It would like quite odd when braking if they are lights.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think they are just reflectors.<p>Before I mentioned the front was weird looking, the back too. The reflect lights area, it seems like they don't fit well with the car, almost like they were added on. <p>maybe its just the angle of the picture...i don't know <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emdgust.gif" BORDER="0">

1966_GTO_
01-11-2005, 10:52 AM
This is the ugliest thing Subaru has made in a while. The airplane shape they are trying to incorporate into the grill is bad enough, but everthing else about this thing is just as hideous.

Monkey
01-11-2005, 11:20 AM
Now that I look at it again....there is a resemblance to the Aztek. At least a rounded one. Look at the headlight placement, the sloping rear glass. odd...

iakovos
01-11-2005, 11:31 AM
It a mixture of Alfa-Romeo CrossWagon Q4 and a Porsche Cayenne....<p>The upside-down Alfa grille has to go though...<p>The interior looks very smart

beatnik
01-12-2005, 05:09 AM
very odd styling for subaru esp. the grille.. but the interior just blow me away! i love it!

jro4566
01-12-2005, 07:07 AM
I feel very disappointed after looking at this vehicle. IMO, Subaru should ditch their new grill and redesign this with the Legacy's new face - bland, yet attractive.

GerjurdKing
01-16-2005, 11:29 AM
Besides the hideous looks, the price tag is even more frightening...

FRENCHY
01-16-2005, 12:35 PM
The front grille is absolutely ugly !<p>it's incredible to think that Subaru has not heard criticism about this nose !<p>the car is ok, even great inside, but the front is a nightmare, the Fiat Multipla is a beauty compared to this !!

DoMiNo
01-16-2005, 01:40 PM
You can take the man out of Alfa Romeo, but you can't take the Alfa Romeo out of the man, I suppose. This guy needs to snap out of it. I also see an uncanny resemblance to the Edsel... and if the grille isn't modified I suspect the B9 could suffer a similar fate.<p><IMG SRC="http://www2.uol.com.br/bestcars/carros/outros/fracassos/ford-edsel-m.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Or is it just me?<p>Anyway, I gotta give Subie props on the interior, though. Love the organic shape of the dash, but I think they may have overdone it on the silver trim. The little details are also great, like the digital temperature readout in the middle of the climate control knobs and the separate silver pods for auxiliary gauges. Very interesting.

Soul Man
01-16-2005, 09:48 PM
found soem pics of it in a brownish maroonish color, and the lines kind of get lost in the dark color, and that is a compliment, it looks significantly better, although still funky, but bearable<br><A HREF="http://automobilemag.com/auto_shows/naias_2005/0501_subaru_b9_tribeca" TARGET="_blank">http://automobilemag.com/auto_...ibeca</A>/

DoMiNo
01-16-2005, 11:12 PM
It <I>IS</I> very Murano-esque.

summersun54
01-17-2005, 08:04 AM
What sort of money are they looking for this car? its an odd creature of a car but with obvious Alfa touches around the back..<p>Nice interior but the black looks a bit shiny...<br>Again better wait to see one on the road before criticising toooo much...its brave ill give it that much and im sure it will drive great..hope the saab version is significantly different though. inside and out<br>

Kakairo
01-17-2005, 11:18 AM
I actually saw one of these on the road the other day (an advantage of living near the Subaru Indiana plant). It looks a lot better in the metal than pictures can convey. It was sitting across from me at the traffic lights, so I got a great view of the front end, which looks a lot tamer in real life. However, I don't see how well the grille would translate to a lower vehicle...

DoMiNo
01-17-2005, 12:13 PM
So the B9 <I>is</I> the car they're collaborating with SAAB on? I thought so, but wasn't exactly sure. Yea, that ought to be something to see... I'm sure the Saab will be much more of a looker. Then hopefully they can phase out the 9-7, eh?

MrMGMan
01-18-2005, 09:28 AM
I'm not exactly keen on the exterior design, but the interior is without doubt the best we've seen from Subaru thus far. I think it looks fantastic - interesting sculpting of the dashboard shapes, nicely curved, organic looking forms that mark a move away from the brutal, angular functionality a lot of car makers have been aiming for in terms of interior design. Everything looks of a high quality, and they've shown some serious imagination in the design, without resorting to outright weirdness. I think they should be congratulated.

scorpio14
01-21-2005, 09:51 PM
the Styling is 'yuk'....Y would they do this....well it is their design direction i guess (the front).....i'd get the Murano over this fa sure<p>i do like the Interior though

myredhotcar
01-23-2005, 04:35 AM
For some strange reason, I might just have to buy one.<p>It's funny how we complain that cars all look the same--esp the front fascias. So I find this attempt refreshing. (However I admit to liking the Aztek as well.) Overall it's a very sophisticated design, and maybe only us designer-type folk get it? The interior is well done; maybe the headlamps need a bit of work--extend them down into the bumper perhaps?

DoMiNo
01-23-2005, 11:55 AM
The front looks much better when seen from below than from above, IMO.

Gunfire
01-23-2005, 12:58 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DoMiNo</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The front looks much better when seen from below than from above, IMO.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'll make sure to get run over by one, then.... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Seriously speaking, interior is <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> , but some serious work needs to be done on the exterior <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> .<p>But not as bad as some think, i have to say... Overall I agree with <B>myredhotcar</B> .

Superfresa
01-23-2005, 04:17 PM
I like the front now. I like the interiour. I hate the rear (looking somewhat like a Lexus 330 but with tiny lights).<p>Only thing is interiour room looks uncomfortably limited if this car is aimed for a market above the suzuki level. <p>Well maybe it's ok if it's going to compete with pathfinder/explorer/prado/pajero, but not any further up.

spwolf
01-23-2005, 07:40 PM
Interior looks good and interesting, although not ergonomic...<br>Since when is Subaru an premium brand? 37k to start with is . a lot.<p>As to the outside, eventually everyone might find it interesting BUT the fact is that the design was blatantly ripped off... It looks as an RX with Porsche front, alfa grille, and Alfa 147 back.<p>Now, I can overlook few design elements, but this thing has nothing of its own on the outside. How could anyone say "this is great Subaru" - this aint no Subaru!

syclone
01-23-2005, 09:07 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>spwolf</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Now, I can overlook few design elements, but this thing has nothing of its own on the outside. How could anyone say "this is great Subaru" - this aint no Subaru!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Perhaps. But if you fold down the seats, I think there may be enough room inside it for an entire Justy.

DoMiNo
01-24-2005, 02:28 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>syclone</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Perhaps. But if you fold down the seats, I think there may be enough room inside it for an entire Justy.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm calling shenanigans on you. How is it that <I>MY</I> useless posts all get deleted? <p>And... uh... for relevancy... has anyone noticed that this thing looks like an RX with a Porsche front and the rear of an Alfa 147? Or is it just me?

JBlair
01-24-2005, 09:16 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DoMiNo</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'm calling shenanigans on you. How is it that <I>MY</I> useless posts all get deleted? <p>And... uh... for relevancy... has anyone noticed that this thing looks like an RX with a Porsche front and the rear of an Alfa 147? Or is it just me?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>He can't delete posts. Some posts of mine had disappeared as well, but you should get a PM from a mod if your posts get deleted.

RetroJapan
01-31-2005, 07:09 PM
I actually kinda like it lol... For some reason this B9 is intriguing to me... Yes, the front is pretty ungainly, but I'm still drawn to it for some bizarre reason...<p>That, and the interior is AMAZING... I'm excited to see one of these in real life...

SV
01-31-2005, 08:35 PM
i saw one at the auto show, it looks nice; i have pictures but i'm too lazy to post them right now

Santeno
02-01-2005, 11:00 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>spwolf</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Since when is Subaru an premium brand? 37k to start with is a lot.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>BINGO!!!<p>You hit the nail on the head. I think subaru is pulling a volkswagen with that kind of pricing. You damn well better be offering one hell of a product to demand that kind of a price increase from your customers (especially when you have no history of producing premium products and there is a large gap between this and your next closest offering). Add to that the fact the the front end styling is controversial (and not in a good way) and I see subaru crippling sales of what would otherwise be a very appealing little crossover, before it even becomes available to the public.<p>Lets hope they are seriously listening to the voice of consumers.

spwolf
02-01-2005, 01:23 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>BINGO!!!<p>You hit the nail on the head. I think subaru is pulling a volkswagen with that kind of pricing. You damn well better be offering one hell of a product to demand that kind of a price increase from your customers (especially when you have no history of producing premium products and there is a large gap between this and your next closest offering). Add to that the fact the the front end styling is controversial (and not in a good way) and I see subaru crippling sales of what would otherwise be a very appealing little crossover, before it even becomes available to the public.<p>Lets hope they are seriously listening to the voice of consumers.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>indeed, why Subaru always sold mid-market products (neither cheap nor expensive), now they expect to challenge luxury brands with same pricing... It doesnt work that way.<p>Now, if their expectations are fairly low (number of sold models) then they might reach them - all depends on what exactly do they expect... Does anyone know of their sales plans?

CalinG7
02-01-2005, 03:45 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>spwolf</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Does anyone know of their sales plans?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>They have sales projections in Road and Track, seemingly pretty low, but they gave the Tribeca a favorable review compared to an X5. Guess we'll see. Maybe Subaru will pull another 1st year re-style like they did for the Impreza. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0">

spwolf
02-01-2005, 07:49 PM
and what were those projections like?

Innotech
02-03-2005, 05:48 AM
front end isnt beautiful, but I like it for its quirks. This will sell to the faithful Subie fans and I think it will do quite well (as far as Subaru sales go)<br>Its not horribly hideous and it has an absolutely amazing interior. It seats 7 and is very distinctive. IT WILL SELL.<br>

bolita
02-03-2005, 11:07 AM
I belive Subaru wants to sell 30K per year in the US...

mzoltarp
02-03-2005, 05:33 PM
I guess now we know to where GM banished the idiot that styled the Pontiac Aztec.

Santeno
02-04-2005, 08:07 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mzoltarp</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I guess now we know to where GM banished the idiot that styled the Pontiac Aztec.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Poor attempt at a joke. The aztek was designed by a team of designers not by an individual, while the main designer for the tribeca didn't come from within GM at all, but rather from Alfa romeo.

Gunfire
03-06-2005, 07:34 PM
<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bonk.gif" BORDER="0"> I KNEW I had seen THAT GRILLE before!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/eek2.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://www.fastenbelts.com/saabcarsonline/GoldGallery/93B.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br>(Source: <A HREF="http://www.fastenbelts.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.fastenbelts.com</A>)<p>compare:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.subdriven.com/gallery/generated//Automobiles/B9%20Tribeca/005__scaled_600.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>(Source: <A HREF="http://www.subdriven.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.subdriven.com</A>)<p><br>ANOTHER SAABARU?! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>N.B. Original SAAB 93 was produced in the mid-1950s... OMG <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/all_coholic.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Gunfire at 6:41 PM 3/6/2005</i>

Santeno
03-07-2005, 09:10 AM
Bravo!!! Nice catch there gunfire.

Rugbyplaya91
03-08-2005, 06:19 PM
i saw this at an auto show...<p>real life dosen't make it look any better<p>you cannot run from ugly when you are ugly:)

1966_GTO_
03-08-2005, 06:44 PM
I saw this in person as well, and I agree completely. This thing is ugly any way you look at it.

SV
03-08-2005, 08:33 PM
i thought it looked ok, here are some pictures i took at the auto show about a month ago:<p><A HREF="http://img238.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img238&image=img02702go.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img238.exs.cx/img238/7905/img02702go.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://img238.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img238&image=img02710wj.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img238.exs.cx/img238/8779/img02710wj.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://img238.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img238&image=img02729se.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img238.exs.cx/img238/1999/img02729se.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://img238.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img238&image=img02739my.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img238.exs.cx/img238/4158/img02739my.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><p>the interior, i have to say, is one of the best i've ever seen in any car, at any price.

Nick
03-08-2005, 08:57 PM
yea, the interior is pretty nice...too bad the exterior isn't as appealing...

boston
03-18-2005, 10:38 AM
I keep thinking Edsel when I see this....

jro4566
03-19-2005, 12:47 PM
I highly doubt that Acura should be worried about the B9. It doesn't have what it takes to be a luxury vehicle. There's no high-name audio system (Bose, HKI, Infinity, etc.), no authentic luxury dealership experience, and no brand heritage/history. The MDX won't be losing sales.

Hornbag
03-19-2005, 06:28 PM
I really dont know...in some ways i like the front, in other ways i dont. I love the inside, all of it! But the styling has me so interested, like i just HAVE to see it! Im confused...

Rugbyplaya91
03-19-2005, 09:00 PM
lol.. hornbag, seeing is no different, i was going to take a picture of it when at the auto show but was afraid my camera was going to break...<p>it is a really good idea, maybe they will have a drastic redesign at the last minute<p>hell, i wasn't on this fourm or the other fourm, but i know a lot of us thought, that the pontiac aztek was not going to sell.. i mean what the heck? I see many of the floating around, even though there ugly<p>for subarus case, they do make some good cars, but i really don't think this is needed...<p><br>that's just imo, don't get crazy :P

Hornbag
03-19-2005, 10:41 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Rugbyplaya91</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">lol.. hornbag, seeing is no different, i was going to take a picture of it when at the auto show but was afraid my camera was going to break...<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I dont know, im just so interested, i dont like it, but i dont hate it. mabey i should stop <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cool.gif" BORDER="0">

syclone
03-20-2005, 08:55 AM
I like the interior so much that I keep wanting to find an excuse to like the exterior, but it just isn't growing on me at all.

Hornbag
03-21-2005, 12:26 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>syclone</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I like the interior so much that I keep wanting to find an excuse to like the exterior, but it just isn't growing on me at all.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>THATS IT!!!!! Thats why im trying to like this car... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

jijboi25
03-30-2005, 08:11 AM
New Real Life Tribeca Pics!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> <A HREF="http://forums.autoweek.com/servlet/JiveServlet/download/31-14044-287393-6026/S1010827.JPG" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.autoweek.com/ser...7.JPG</A><br> <A HREF="http://forums.autoweek.com/servlet/JiveServlet/download/31-14044-287393-6028/S1010829.JPG" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.autoweek.com/ser...9.JPG</A><br> <A HREF="http://forums.autoweek.com/servlet/JiveServlet/download/31-14044-287393-6027/S1010828.JPG" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.autoweek.com/ser...8.JPG</A><br> <A HREF="http://forums.autoweek.com/servlet/JiveServlet/download/31-14044-287399-6032/S1010832.JPG" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.autoweek.com/ser...2.JPG</A><br>from autoweek.com

Monkey
03-30-2005, 09:50 AM
I got in one at both the Philly Flower Show (Subaru sponsors) and the NY Auto Show. I love the dash, but the front still churns my stomach a bit.<br>The third row is COMPLETELY useless for anything besides a child seat. Not only is there no room between it and the second row, but it sits on the "floor" under it.

JBlair
03-30-2005, 10:08 AM
In that pic the rear looks more hideous than the front does. That side pic, with it pulling out of the lot, looks quite good actually. The interior is still, by far, the best part of the car.

Pavilion
03-30-2005, 03:57 PM
I have read a lot of posts saying that they dont like the exterior, but i cant help but love the car. I would love to see other car brands take styling risks like this one. Even if you dont like the looks of the Tribeca at least it isnt boring.

Andre
03-30-2005, 04:52 PM
I feel the same way, Pavilion. It certainly isn't beautiful, jaw dropping, but I like it because it's intriguing.<p>Kinda like a Pug, so ugly it's cute <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

Roadster44
03-30-2005, 08:35 PM
If Cayenne sold...then this will as well. Plus interior is REALLY well done. However I think that B9 is way too tall and front overhang is just not working in proportion with rest of the car.

Velocitas
03-31-2005, 12:24 AM
<br>It's unique and unmistakeable -- the designers have pulled off quite a trick by making a vehicle so distinct within a class that is full of relatively dull, conservative and derivative models.<p>Andre nailed it with the Pug comparison. Maybe it's no beauty (though there are some very nice lines on it), but it grows on you.<p>Subaru's new face gives it a down-the-road graphic that is almost unmistakeable. I am, however, stunned at the pic of the old Saab. Clearly with Saab's heritage as an aircraft maker they had to be making that parallel with their grille. Fascinating, given Subaru's recent tie-ins with Saab.<br>

neburg964
04-01-2005, 11:12 AM
Yeah, the interior is great, but no amount of luxury makes up for ugly.<p>I keep wondering what the Saab version will look like. Will it clearly be the same vehicle (like the Escape / Tribute), or will there be enough differentiation (like the Mazda 6 / Ford Fusion) to create a truly different vehicle?<p>Actually, a Saab version of this car could be what Saab needs to stay afloat as long as it isn't ugly.<p>We need a Photoshop master to bring the 9-6x to life!

Redline
04-01-2005, 11:23 AM
The front, side and interior look plenty good to me. But every time I see the back, I wonder, what were they thinking? Those oddly shaped grill covers worked on the STI because there was something there to cover, but they look like they took those and stuck them on the back of this thing just to see if people would car. The rear-end really hurts this thing, but other than that its pretty good.

Hornbag
04-01-2005, 06:14 PM
<br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Andre</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">so ugly it's cute <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>The definition of cute is - ugly but unusual<p>I think 'cute' describes this car very well...

Player4
04-01-2005, 07:02 PM
This car is REALLY growing on me! I dont know how but everythime i see it it looks better and better, i will have to wait till April 8 or 9 till i see it in person at a local auto show! I will take some pics fro you all!

syclone
04-01-2005, 08:43 PM
styling still not growing on me... i wonder if there will be an sti version of this - it could be so ugly thats its cool kinda like the impreza, tho i dont think it would really work for this vehicle. still would like to see it tho

Pavilion
04-04-2005, 01:33 AM
If i could afford the car on my salary i would get one. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0">

kevinb120
04-09-2005, 12:15 AM
From a Subaru sales guy's view.....It is a little strange, but Subaru customers are devoted to the make like Volvo and Saab customer's are, regardless of controversial styling moves by the maker. This vehicle will be more successful by KEEPING Subaru customers that need more room within the brand then bringing other suv-lite customers to it. This is definately a vehicle I need to see in person to decide if it strange-but-acceptable or friggin just-plain-wierd. People buy Elements and Aztecs and Scions, so it should sell ok because it is nowhere near THAT silly looking. The styling and materials of the newer Subaru legacy line's interiors are vastly better then the outgoing model, so the interior on this vehicle should bemuch better in person then pics. The new driving dynamics of the 05 legacy are pretty darn fantastic so they are really coming more 'mainstream' then just selling to devoted fans. We get a lot more customers that add Legacy to the standard accord/camry/altima shopping list then ever before. So I think this car will be a fairly big hit once the general public gets a little 'used' to seeing them out on the road.

antman
04-19-2005, 04:21 PM
From Go Auto E-News<p>"According to the B9 product <br>manager, Mr Masaaki Owa, Australia <br>will receive a slightly different-looking <br>model to the US Tribeca.<br>A revised front bumper, expected to feature <br>different air intakes and radiator grille to the <br>controversial items found on the Tribeca, is also <br>in the pipeline.<br>Punters can also expect a redesigned bonnet <br>and front mudguards, since Subaru is working <br>fl at-out to engineer the B9 to comply with new <br>European pedestrian-impact regulations."<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

Soul Man
04-19-2005, 04:25 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>antman</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">From Go Auto E-News<p>"According to the B9 product <br>manager, Mr Masaaki Owa, Australia <br>will receive a slightly different-looking <br>model to the US Tribeca.<br>A revised front bumper, expected to feature <br>different air intakes and radiator grille to the <br>controversial items found on the Tribeca, is also <br>in the pipeline.<br>Punters can also expect a redesigned bonnet <br>and front mudguards, since Subaru is working <br>fl at-out to engineer the B9 to comply with new <br>European pedestrian-impact regulations."<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>good sounds like this euro?/australian one will come out just in time for subaru to realize this front end is grotesque, i predict only one model year of this front end for the states is the facts above are ture, unless it takes longer than that for subie to prep this version for the otehr markets.

RetroJapan
04-19-2005, 06:47 PM
The Tribeca is really starting to grow on me... Like others have said, it has a very 'cute' demeanor that's really endearing... <p><IMG SRC="http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/pw/images/06tribeca_7.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/pw/images/06tribeca_1.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Source: CanadianDriver.com

RGAddison
04-19-2005, 07:47 PM
nice pics, but to go a little off topic,I live in dallas and they play this commerical on a radio station I listen to, and they talk about how luxurious the B9 is and how it glides you though the trendy parts of dallas and return you to your posh home in the nicest part of town, me being honest it was the most suggestive radio spot, I mean it told you exactly who they want to sell them too, middle upper class citizens, they are going upmarket with a vengance

Superfresa
04-19-2005, 07:49 PM
just like Hummer should make offroad cars and not H2, H3s and H4s, just like smart should make small city cars, and not Forfours and so on, Subaru should concentrate in their great rally reputation, their quick maneouverable cars, and not hurt our eyes and its own reputation with trash like this. Granted, Interiour looks great, but what's with the Lexus wannabe back and that front. Is it even capable (either offroad or on) enough for this segment? Heavily doubt it. So, not nice, not capable, not luxurious, not prestigious - Just WHAT is this?<p>I'm ashamed of Subaru. I love the Impreza, the Forester, The Liberty, The Outback, but they are going a really stupid way, with the Baja first and then with this...

Soul Man
04-19-2005, 08:11 PM
yeah but to get the $$ they need a midsize suv, becasue thats what sells. And yes subaru is moving upmarket, but unlike VW they are doing so at a much more modest pace. Also the baja may have been a mistake superfresa, but atleast it had some history in the BRAT and thaty made it kind of cool, this has no prior "inspirational" subaru.

Superfresa
04-19-2005, 08:34 PM
What's the BRAT?<p>And yes maybe they need to move upmarket to get the money, but do they have to do it in THIS way? Is this car up for the competition in this category?

Soul Man
04-19-2005, 08:52 PM
it was probably called soemthing else outside of NA andw as sold in the 70's and 80's<br>anyhow here's one off of ebay just to show you <A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=6467&item=4543357230&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...=WDVW</A><br>not quite the same but still a carbased pickup

drugmirko
04-25-2005, 10:58 AM
sorry... bit late, but I just found it on page with chinese auto show... no info underneath and I cant think of any other Subie to fit it in...:<p><IMG SRC="http://auto.tom.com/autoimg/upload_dir/731/1114099178_22120.jpg" BORDER="0">

knicks125
04-25-2005, 11:30 AM
You're right, this is the B9 Tribeca...Subie's first attempt at premium category, we'll just have to wait and see how everything pan out. Personally I dig the interior very much, very well designed and executed; but I cannot say the same thing for the exterior

Superfresa
04-25-2005, 02:11 PM
I'm with you on this one Knicks125...<p>Actually, does ANYONE like the exteriour, specially that BACK?? Never heard anyone admiring it. At that rate it isn't going to be a very smart move, is it...

SV
04-25-2005, 02:51 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Superfresa</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'm with you on this one Knicks125...<p>Actually, does ANYONE like the exteriour, specially that BACK?? Never heard anyone admiring it. At that rate it isn't going to be a very smart move, is it...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>i don't admire it, but i don't mind the front end and i actually like the back. it seems like the majority disagrees with me on this though

Dodger
04-25-2005, 03:04 PM
It's just such a departure from normal Subaru styling. I personally don't like it but have gotten used to it.

VexedandGlorious
04-25-2005, 04:34 PM
i will be glad and happy to say i like this suv, it is strange at first, but i can say i wouldnt be ashamed to drive one. plus it sticks to subarus styling theme, which i have to say like flame surfacing,admire it even though it needs some work done before i can say i love it.