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It's not easy to ignore the Tribeca

By unknown | Jun 25, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mabuyane Kekana

Mabuyane Kekana

Most South Africans are still trying to make sense of the Subaru brand but even while doing this they appreciate taking a good look at this superb vehicle.

Subaru is described by many as the "fast car brand", while enthusiasts have a lot to say about it.

The recent test of the Tribeca revealed that a Subaru will always be a Subaru.

The mere appearance of the car makes any motorist driving in the fast lane move as quickly as possible.

The Tribeca is in the league of the big players in the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) market.

It is not easy to ignore the Tribeca. Ours was the 2008 face-lifted version which has undergone minor changes. It is a better alternative to the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90 and BMW X5.

The overall design strives to achieve the perfect combination of beauty and functionality worthy of Subaru's flagship.

However, the Tribeca is not for shallow pockets. The 3,6R is a fuel guzzler.

Increased engine output from 3.0 litres to 3.6 litres produces 190 kW and 350 Nm.

The flowing and sculpted dash and centre console design look modern and subtle. Aluminium-look trim highlights the sculpted shapes of the dashboard. Electroluminescent dials and subtle ambient interior lighting provide a sophisticated touch, illuminating both front and rear foot wells, the centre console and the cup-holders.

The centre storage compartment is split, and the upper storage area is designed for coins and other small oddments, while a third compartment in the second row of seats provides stash space for passengers.

When it comes to safety the car-maker did its part. The likes of ABS brakes with EBD and Brake Assist are among the many features that come with the Tribeca.

The Tribeca sells for R510000, about R60000 more than the previous model.

The Tribeca is also equipped with six airbags - dual front, dual front side, curtain front and rear. The Tribeca has a 5 + 2 seating configuration as a passenger vehicle.


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