The official word from Subaru is that the company has no future plans to offer a seven-seat SUV in Australia, despite developing a yet-to-be-revealed larger and more family-friendly alternative to Forester for the USA market.

MY08 Tribeca 3.6R Premium

Speaking to CarAdvice at the Tokyo Motor Show, General Manager of Design and Advanced Product Planning, Manoru Ishii, confirmed that a seven-seater is in the works as a replacement for the Tribeca (above), which was ultimately axed in early 2014 after dwindling sales in the US.

And while a new-generation seven-seater is in the works, it will be made specifically for the North American market and not be offered in the burgeoning seven-seater SUV segment in Australia.

In Australia, and also in the US, a seven-seat Subaru would compete with models like the big Toyota Kluger and the coming new Mazda CX-9.


“[It will be a] big SUV,” Ishii confirms, “but we won’t say what size. But we will [offer another SUV model range].”

Asked specifically if the new SUV might make it Australia, “no chance” was Ishii’s response.

Ishii refused to divulge any further details of the model.

Subaru current markets a seven-seat Exiga Crossover 7, a high-riding wagon, in its domestic Japanese market, which was updated with refreshed look in April this year.

As with this new Tribeca replacement, the Exiga Crossover 7 will not be offered in Australia.