Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc.

May 07, 2008 13:38 ET

2009 Subaru Tribeca: Exceptional Features, Competitive Pricing

TORONT0, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - Just one year after the totally redesigned Subaru Tribeca was introduced to critical and consumer praise, Subaru is pleased to announce that the 2009 Tribeca will go on sale on May 7th. The new Tribeca features the outstanding new design and larger engine that have had the 2008 model flying out of showrooms, plus a range of thoughtful new equipment and aggressive new pricing.

The 2009 Tribeca is offered in three versions: the 5-passenger Tribeca, the 7-passenger Tribeca Limited Package with leather interior, and the 7-passenger Tribeca Premier Package with leather, third-row seating, navigation system and rear-seat DVD entertainment. The base Tribeca remains an extremely well-equipped luxury SUV, and the only major change is the price: at $39,995, the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is a full $2,000 less than the 2008 model. The Tribeca Limited Package, which now offers an enhanced range of standard equipment such as third row seating, DVD entertainment system, and a new monitor system with a backup camera, will sell for the same price as the 2008 model - $45,195. The 2009 Premier Package, with the same outstanding standard amenities as its predecessor, will decrease a significant $4,300 in price, to $48,195.

"The new-generation Tribeca has set new sales records almost every month since its introduction, thanks to the enhanced features and striking new design," said Katsuhiro Yokoyama, president, chairman and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. "The 2009 version builds on that momentum by retaining all the qualities consumers appreciate, and adding an extra level of the luxurious appointments that are the hallmark of SUVs in this segment - all at very aggressive prices."

Tribeca is Stylish and Convenient

An exceptional level of standard equipment on every Tribeca includes a power tilt-and-slide glass moonroof, automatic dual-zone climate control with air filtration, AM/FM/CD/MP3 6-speaker audio system with auxiliary audio input and pre-wiring for XM and Sirius satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, power-adjustable heated front seats with lumbar support, roof rails, driver and front passenger front and side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor (first and second row), power-adjustable heated body-colour door mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlights with manual levelizer, multi-reflector halogen fog lights, splash guards, and more.

Controlled Performance

Tribeca's 3.6-litre 24-valve DOHC Subaru Boxer engine produces 247 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm, and 256 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The engine delivers excellent emission levels, good fuel efficiency in real world driving situations, and outstanding torque in low- to mid-range engine speeds. At a time when gas prices are rising dramatically, owners will be pleased to know that, unlike many competitors, Tribeca requires only regular-grade fuel.

The 3.6-litre engine features Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust valves and is connected to a 5-speed automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT. The result is quick gearshifts with minimal lag time and smooth, linear acceleration.

The shift control system uses the car speed and accelerator opening to determine available driving power while simultaneously calculating the optimum gear position for the road gradient. To further enhance smooth performance, Subaru's 'blipping control' matches the transmission to engine speed while downshifting. The total effect is fewer unnecessary gear shifts when climbing or descending grades and improved fuel economy.

The transmission drives through the Subaru Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Enhancing the AWD system are standard Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability control and four-wheel traction control system (TCS).

Occupant Safety a Top Priority

The new 2009 Tribeca was designed to achieve the highest ratings in the auto industry. The 2008 Tribeca, with which the 2009 model shares its structure, achieved top honours in the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests with 5 stars in both the frontal and side-impact crash tests for both the driver and passenger seating positions. These results are in addition to the 4 star rating in the NHTSA tests for rollover resistance. (No SUV to date has earned 5-stars in the rollover test.) The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2008 Tribeca a Top Safety Pick for achieving its highest rating (Good) in front offset, side impact, and rear crash protection tests.

The Subaru Tribeca features a Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame Structure, occupant-sensing, dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, seat-mounted side impact air bags, and standard curtain side air bags (front and second rows). A Roll Sensor system that detects a potential vehicle rollover and deploys the standard side curtain airbags is also standard. In addition, the Tribeca features Brake Assist on its standard ABS brake system, Vehicle Dynamics Control and four-wheel traction control. Brake Assist analyzes the force and stroke on the brake pedal and increases hydraulic boost to provide enhanced emergency braking, also activating the ABS system early if needed.

Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 95 authorized dealers across Canada.

Contact Information

  • Subaru Canada, Inc.
    Elaine Griffin
    (905) 568-4959