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Luxurious New 2008 Tribeca

Luxurious New 2008 Tribeca

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Media Information January 25, 2008

Luxurious New 2008 Tribeca

Subaru’s new 2008 Tribeca seven seat luxury SUV has been launched with a torquey 3.6-litre engine to provide better mid-range performance, improved fuel consumption and strong styling.

The 2008 Tribeca also offers a slew of luxurious features including a reversing camera, leather upholstery, DVD entertainment, electric sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels and heated front seats.

With comprehensive specification the Tribeca 3.6R Luxury will sell for $67,990.

The new horizontally opposed boxer engine is the largest capacity engine ever produced by Subaru, yet it retains the same dimensions as the existing 3.0-litre unit and is 0.7 kg lighter.

The flat six-cylinder motor has been increased from 3.0-litres to 3.6-litres to produce 18 percent more torque – now 350 Nm – and 5.5 percent more power up to 190 kWs.

The increased torque results in excellent low-end pulling power and better fuel economy – 11.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

Despite the larger engine, emissions are unchanged.

A revised rear suspension benefits ride quality, while significant transmission refinements enhance drivability, producing an agile constant All Wheel Drive performer.

Tribeca’s revised lighter-weight SPORTSHIFT five-speed automatic transmission produces smoother shifts.

Towing capacity is enhanced; with a 2000 kg braked capacity and tow ball download now increased 60 kgs to 160 kgs.

Tribeca’s appearance includes a new one-piece grille, new front and rear bumpers, bonnet, headlights, hatch, rear spoiler and light clusters.

New rear three-quarter windows freshen Tribeca’s profile, while also offering occupants a better field of vision.

Taillights are wider for greater visual recognition, while a distinctive shoulder line runs the length of the car, merging with the front guards. Roof rails are standard.

The centre console colour screen that is used for the reversing camera also provides a touch screen onboard computer function for audio system display, trip information, calendar, calculator, fuel consumption data and a host of other useful functions.

Tribeca’s award-winning interior also includes easier access to third row seats, enhancing practicality and comfort. Second row seats feature a tilt-and-slide control on both the driver’s and passenger’s side, plus a new assist spring that reduces the effort needed to slide the second row seat. Molded grab handles on the lower C-pillar also ease entry and exit of third row seats.

All glass panels offer UV protection – the windscreen allows zero UV penetration.

Tribeca’s 3.6-litre, six-cylinder, horizontally opposed boxer engine produces 190 kWs of power at 6000 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm.

Fuji Heavy Industries engineers achieved their goal of producing more power, torque and fuel efficiency for Tribeca without impacting emissions.

Subaru engineers designed a shortened con rod, allowing for a larger displacement without increasing the engine’s physical dimensions or weight – it has reduced by around 0.7 kg. It also means Tribeca retains its low centre of gravity, for optimum road holding. This helps minimize the chance of rollover in an accident.

The new engine features DAVCS variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust valves. The previous 3.0-litre engine had AVCS on the intake side only. This particularly benefits torque at low to mid-range engine revolutions.

Changes to the Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) have enhanced drivability, fuel efficiency and throttle response. Acceleration performance has increased in the mid to low level torque range.

Tribeca’s lightweight five-speed SPORTSHIFT automatic transmission is substantially revised. It includes an all-new lock-up converter and control unit that delivers faster, smoother shifts and lower fuel consumption.

The transmission weighs 3.7 kg less than its predecessor, contributing to an overall 4.4 kg reduction in drivetrain weight.

Tribeca has MacPherson strut front suspension and double wishbone rear suspension. The rear suspension has been recalibrated with new bushings for optimized ride comfort. The long suspension stroke offers grand tourer comfort levels.

Tribeca’s entertainment package is impressive with a combination of an audio entertainment system for the whole vehicle and a DVD entertainment system for rear seat passengers.

The audio entertainment system includes a 6-stack in-dash CD player with 9-speakers that is WMA and MP3 compatible. It also includes an auxiliary audio input jack for i-Pod or MP3 players.

The rear seat DVD and CD entertainment system also includes two wireless headphones as standard. Allowing rear seat passengers to watch DVD’s or listen to CD’s independently.

Tribeca maintains a five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). In the United States the Tribeca was awarded a four-star rollover resistance rating from the NHTSA.

A rear vision camera provides a wide-angle view and display of marker lines indicating distance and car width, plus the edge of the rear bumper.

Other key safety features are:
- Fulltime Symmetrical All Wheel Drive
- Vehicle Dynamics Control – electronic stability and traction control
- 6 Airbags – front, front side and curtain front and rear
- Ring shaped reinforcement frames with door anti-intrusion bars
- Active headrests on both front seats


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