As if seeing a Hyundai Tucson with a manual gearbox wasn’t enough, Anol Alias has served up a bigger shocker from the JPJ car park. Yes, it’s a facelift-model Subaru Tribeca! Is Motor Image really considering this for the Malaysian market?
It appears that this Satin White Pearl car, having left the factory gates at Lafayette, Indiana in the US, got on a boat at Baltimore, Maryland before arriving in Singapore, as a sheet attached to the rear window reveals. The same sheet says it’s a 2014 car – whether that’s production year or model year is not stated.
Considering production of the unloved SUV was reported to have ended at the beginning of this year (although it’s still on sale in the US), the Tribeca’s appearance here in Malaysia is even more of a mystery. Just look at that colour-coded bodykit and concave-convex interior!
The Subaru Tribeca started life in 2005 as a Legacy-based SUV. The original model had that controversial triangular grille (said to resemble a jet intake) that was also used on the 2005-2007 Impreza, and R1 and R2 kei cars.
The facelift you see here came in 2008, and along with it a 260 PS 3.6 litre flat-six to replace the original model’s 245 PS 3.0 litre flat-six. The engine drives all four wheels through a five-speed auto. A more lux alternative to the Forester, anyone? It won’t be very cheap to begin with, and now that they’re planning to locally assemble the Forester…