Subaru Announces World Debut of the 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca Progressive SUV
DETROIT – Subaru of America, Inc., revealed its all-new progressive SUV, the 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. The new 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca is the first-ever Subaru SUV with available seating for seven passengers and with Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive as its core technology. The Subaru B9 Tribeca takes the Subaru brand into a new market segment and is positioned above the current Subaru Legacy and Outback line of vehicles. The all-new progressive SUV is equipped with the Subaru symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and a 250 horsepower "boxer" six-cylinder engine for quick acceleration. The key focal point of the all-new 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca is the new grille design. Viewed from the front, a central air intake dominates the face of the new Subaru B9 Tribeca. The air intake is flanked by two "wings" that relate to the history of Subaru as an aircraft manufacturer.The twin-cockpit design echoes the front grille treatment, with a flowing, sculpted dash and center console design. The Subaru B9 Tribeca interior features real-world flexibility, with an interior positioning to seat most every lifestyle. Aluminum-look trim highlights the sculpted shapes of the dashboard. The driver faces large electroluminescent dials and ergonomically correct switchgear. The center console is dominated by a 7-inch navigation/vehicle information touch-screen, with audio and HVAC controls located just below. Ambient interior lighting illuminates the footwells, center console, and cup-holders at night. An optional rear-seat entertainment system consists of a large, 9-inch diagonal wide-screen with DVD player and auxiliary video game and camcorder feed capability. Two wireless headsets and a remote control are standard. A rear-seat air conditioner is standard on all Subaru B9 Tribeca models with the optional third-row seating.Second-row rear seats feature a 60/40 split bench and a 40/20/40 split rear-seat back with fold-flat capability. The second-row seats slide eight inches fore and aft for improved rear passenger and third-row comfort. Second-row seats also recline independently in a 60/40 split. The third-row seats provide accommodations for two passengers and fold flat in a 50/50 split for a more flexible cargo space.The 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca was designed from the chassis up with high levels of safety as one of its primary goals and begins with a chassis and suspension created to deliver crisp, agile handling helping to provide accident avoidance.Standard safety features include occupant sensing, dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and standard side-curtain airbags. A direct tire-pressure monitoring system is standard on all models, as is a 4-channel ABS braking system with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) for enhanced active safety. Also standard on the Subaru B9 Tribeca is vehicle dynamics control (VDC), which distributes torque to the appropriate wheel, based on input from steering wheel angle, yaw and lateral g-force sensors. The system also monitors input from the ABS brake system, adjusting individual wheel braking as needed, helping to maintain vehicle control under a variety of driving conditions. The 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca is designed with a coil spring front-strut suspension and an all-new double wishbone rear-suspension design for improved handling. The chassis is enhanced by unibody construction, which is 50-percent stronger in torsional rigidity than the new Subaru Outback. The vehicle is designed to tow trailers up to 3,500 lbs. with the available accessory towing package. The 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca will go on sale early summer of 2005, and will be built at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Ind.