TOKYO -- The three-row crossover Subaru plans to build in the U.S. starting in 2018 will be bigger than the outgoing Tribeca crossover it is replacing, the company said last week.
The new vehicle will be produced at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., the company's assembly plant in Lafayette, Ind.
Subaru hasn't announced the name, but it won't be Tribeca. Instead, the crossover will likely carry a name "synonymous with outdoor adventure" in the vein of the Outback, Forester and Crosstrek crossovers, Subaru said.
Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru-maker Fuji Heavy Industries, said at the Tokyo Motor Show last month that Subaru plans to produce its new seven-seat crossover in Indiana and that it will be sold only in North America. Yoshinaga didn't project volume.
When the B9 Tribeca debuted in 2005, Subaru of America expected annual sales of about 36,000 vehicles. But with its quirky name, looks and cramped rear seating, the crossover posted U.S. sales of 18,614 in 2006, its first full year, and only 1,598 in 2013.
Subaru later dropped B9 from the Tribeca name and the crossover went out of production in January 2014.