By on March 24, 2015

2015 Subaru Outback

Could there be a Subaru Grand Outback in the future? That’s what the automaker is considering for its seven-passenger crossover due in showrooms in 2017.

Automotive News reports the automaker is deciding on either a “big brother” crossover to the Outback, or be its own crossover with styling distinct from said model. Either way, the execs don’t want to take it down the same styling road that helped lead to the Tribeca’s demise last year.

Fuji Heavy Industries senior vice president of global marketing Nobuhiko Murakami says the seven-seater being developed mainly for the U.S. domestic market “will be roomier than the Tribeca and have three rows of seats,” though arrangement “is still under discussion.” He adds that the crossover will need to differentiate itself from its competitors, including the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder and Honda Pilot.

Alas, for those hoping the Levorg wagon would come over, Murakami says the new crossover will keep the wagon away, citing Subaru’s priority toward the Legacy sedan designed for the U.S. No sales forecasts for the upcoming model were mentioned at this time, which leave the automaker’s facility in Indiana in 2017.

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16 Comments on “Subaru Considering Paths For Upcoming Seven-Passenger Crossover...”

  • avatar
    See 7 up

    I’m sure they will be successful since they are literally removing any car I find interesting.

  • avatar
    Desoto Adventurer

    I will prefer to know this as an Outback Squire (it’s a wagon, after all). No Di-Noc, no deal!

    • 0 avatar

      More likely the Santa Fe Sport (two row) vs. Santa Fe (three row) situation.

      They don’t make an “Outback Sport” anymore so maybe they’ll revive the name for the shorter version.

      Although my suggestion for the big long three row would be “Outback Estate.”

      • 0 avatar

        VW is going this route with the next Tiguan as well, apparently. Offering a 2 row and a slightly extended 3 row version of basically the same vehicle seems like a pretty good idea, especially in that size class. It’s kind of bizarre to see an old idea like that coming back; GM used to do this with the Trailblazer and its twins, and it’s similar in concept as well to when Chrysler offer normal and “Grand” versions of their minivan models.

  • avatar
    Richard Chen

    Perhaps a revised Exiga will be making the trip?

  • avatar

    What’s the bet on how many people realize that Subaru is independent and owned by Fuji Industries vs. how many people think it’s a part of Honda or Toyota.

    I bet it’s 30% Fuji / 70% T/H.

    • 0 avatar

      Well, the last sentence of the article above makes zero sense whatsoever.

      Toyota owns 16.6% of FHI and is the biggest shareholder, but they’re not exactly best pals at the moment. The GT86 tin can has lowered both company’s reliability ratings. And Subaru is kicking the Camry out of their Indiana assembly plant at the end of 2016. That’s 100,000 units Toyota has to make elsewhere. Toyota was not amused.

      Subaru need the space themselves to start making Foresters, or as is more likely, churn out ever more Outbacks.

      A bigger vehicle from Subaru? Hmm. The mind recoils in horror at what they’ll come up with. Instead of a mobile garden shed like the Outback, maybe they’ll come up with a mobile barn as a complement complete with built-in Compostor. That should beat the built-in vacuum on the Odyssey!

      Yes, I own an older Subaru, but these new ones are foreign objects to me.

  • avatar

    If you build it, they will come. If Subaru builds it, the buyers will come.

    Subies have always appealed to a small slice of the buying population and the most attractive aspect of Subies has always been the AWD.

    People didn’t buy Subies for looks, comfort or quiet passenger cabins. They bought them for the ruggedness aspect that is equally at home on the paved road or off the beaten path.

    The people that bought the older Subies have also aged now and may be ready to step up to something larger, yet still familiar, like the Subies they owned over the years. Provide them a larger Subie. Smart!

    The current outback is not as tall as its competition, nor as large, and certainly not a rock-crawler like a Jeep Grand Cherokee TrailReady, but even old people will be amazed at how much easier the Outback is to get into and out of than a Highlander, Grand Cherokee or Pilot.

    I think this concept will find its niche, if built.

    • 0 avatar

      Subarus have already gotten alot bigger on their own. Compare the Forrester of now to the decade old one. I couldn’t believe the size difftrnce seing 5gem side by side.

      • 0 avatar

        I always thought the Tribecka was the ultimate Subaru, except for its unfortunate name and pretentious pricing. Maybe America is now ready for another Tribecka by another name, at a lower price.

  • avatar

    How about a refreshed Subaru Domingo!?!? That was a looker-

  • avatar

    I’m still on the “Subaru is the new Volvo”-trip. If they make a cheaper version of the upcoming, überfantastic XC90, people will wait in line to get one.

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