Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc.

April 04, 2007 14:00 ET

Subaru unveils redesigned 2008 Tribeca and debuts new 3.6-litre H6 engine

- 2008 Tribeca Features More Style, More Power and Improved Efficiency - New 3.6-litre Delivers 256 HP and 247 lb.-ft. on Regular Gas - Seven Passenger Seating in an Award Winning Interior

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwire - April 4, 2007) - Subaru today unveiled the redesigned and newly named 2008 Subaru Tribeca at the New York International Auto Show.

"The new 2008 Tribeca is the result of feedback we received from customers," said Katsuhiro Yokoyama, president, chairman and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. "With powerful new styling, a new, larger displacement 3.6-litre H6 engine, and improved performance and fuel efficiency, the new 2008 Subaru Tribeca delivers a unique balance of style, safety and functionality in a progressive SUV form."


The exterior design of the new Tribeca is both streamlined and powerful, with a new, wider and taller grille, new front fenders and new hood design. The grille is now integrated into the front bumper, featuring a new chrome spread-wing design, with the Subaru star cluster badge as the focal point.

A raised hood line, deeper front valance and new headlamps visually widen and heighten the Tribeca, establishing greater road presence with a more SUV-like appearance. The new grille flows into a powerful silhouette, enhanced by new rear three-quarter windows. The rear quarter windows and the addition of new larger side-view mirrors improve side and rear vision as well as increasing visibility for third row passengers. The side profile also features powerful fender and wheel forms that enhance the Tribeca's signature rising character line. All-new rear styling includes a new rear valance below the tailgate and new, wider taillamps.


The dramatic exterior styling changes reflect the major changes under the skin for the 2008 Subaru Tribeca. A new 3.6-litre boxer engine has been designed with a goal of improving low-end torque and also lowering consumer running costs with a change to regular unleaded fuel. The larger engine displacement has increased engine torque to 247 lb.-ft., up from 215, and horsepower to 256 from 245, providing improved low-end torque without sacrificing high-rpm power. The new engine package, despite the larger engine size, not only maintains emissions levels but delivers improved fuel efficiency in real world driving situations.

To achieve these goals without affecting engine packaging, a unique shortened con rod was created to allow for a new and larger displacement engine without increasing the physical dimensions of the power unit. Keeping the deck height of the engine the same, the Tribeca is able to maintain its excellent low centre of gravity. Improved cooling efficiency - needed to achieve the use of regular fuel - was achieved through a new common rail cooling system that individually cools each cylinder with water separation chambers rather than allowing water to flow from cylinder to cylinder. This allows for increased engine efficiency and standardized timing for all cylinders.

The new 3.6-litre engine features Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust valves (the 3.0-litre engine had AVCS on the intake side only).

The new 3.6-litre H6 engine is connected to a substantially revised 5-speed automatic transmission that features an all-new torque lock-up converter and a new transmission control unit that deliver faster shifts and quicker reaction time. The new transmission delivers smoother shifts with less lag time and weighs less than the previous system, for a total weight reduction of 4.4 kg (9.7 pounds) for the new drivetrain.

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


The design of the award-winning Tribeca interior is maintained, but third row seating access has been enhanced. Also new for 2008 is a re-calibrated rear suspension with new bushings to improve ride comfort.

New for 2008, the second row seat now features a tilt-and-slide control on both the driver and passenger side and a new assist spring that reduces the effort needed to slide the second row seat. Also new are molded assist grab handles on the lower C-pillar to ease step in to the third row.


The sophisticated twin cockpit design features a flowing, sculpted dash and centre console design. Aluminum-look trim highlights the sculpted shapes of the dashboard. Electroluminescent dials and subtle ambient interior lighting provide a sophisticated touch, illuminating the front and rear footwells, the centre console and cup-holders. The centre console is dominated by an information centre that groups the readouts for the audio system, clock, fuel economy and outside temperature. A seven-inch touch screen information centre is standard with the navigation system. The easy-to-use audio and climate control system controls are located just below the screen.


The Tribeca is available in both 5- and 7-passenger configurations. The 7-passenger model has a standard 50/50 split fold-down third-row seat with integrated headrests and carpeted back surface. For added passenger comfort, the 7-passenger model also features an auxiliary rear cabin air conditioner with fan speed control in the second row. The 7-passenger Tribeca model is also equipped with a navigation system as well as rear-seat DVD entertainment.


The new 2008 Tribeca was designed to achieve the highest ratings in the auto industry. The previous generation B9 Tribeca 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 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.


The 2008 Tribeca will be offered in three trim levels: the 5-passenger Tribeca, the 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. In addition all 2008 Tribecas sold in Canada will be equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights. Subaru Canada, Inc. will announce pricing for the 2008 Tribeca closer to the on sale date this summer.

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