The big 4x4 comes with the 3.0-litre flat six engine also used in the Legacy Spec B, which develops 242bhp and 219lb ft
24 July 2006

Subaru has opened the order books for its forthcoming B9 Tribeca SUV. The new BMW X5 rival will cost from £29,995, and arrives in UK showrooms in November.

The Tribeca comes with the 3.0-litre flat-six engine also used in the Subaru Legacy Spec B, which develops 242bhp and 219lb ft. The Tribeca comes with five seats as standard, with two extra seats in the third row optional.

Performance is brisk for an SUV, with 0-60mph in 9.3sec and a 121mph top speed, while fuel economy is 23.0mpg combined.

The entry-level model, the S5, costs £28,995, and comes with a five-speed auto ’box, front side and curtain airbags, 18in alloys, dual-zone air-con, electric front seats, fog lamps and a six-disc CD changer.

For an extra £3000 the SE5 adds full leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof and a DVD sat-nav system with reversing camera. The range-topping SE7 has all that plus seven seats, a rear DVD entertainment system with headphones and remote control and rear air-con. It costs £33,995.

The B9 Tribeca has already been on sale in the USA for a year, where it has gained a top five-star rating in the NHTSA safety tests.

Subaru also makes much of the B9’s dynamics: the four-wheel-drive system has a rear bias, and the whole car has a lower centre of gravity than an X5, which in theory makes for better agility in corners. The rear suspension has also been retuned for Europe, with different bushing, springs and dampers.

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