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Subaru Tribeca production to end in January

The end is near for Subaru\'s slow-selling Tribeca crossover.

After years of lackluster sales, Subaru has finally decided to put its aging Tribeca crossover out to pasture.

Production of the three-row soft-roader will cease in January, Subaru has revealed to Edmunds.

Launched in 2005 with a controversial airplane-inspired grille, the Tribeca - which was initially known by the awkward B9 Tribeca moniker - enjoyed its best volume year in 2006, when 18,614 examples were delivered. However, demand fell steeply after that point.

A 2008 refresh brought a larger engine, a cleaner front end and the simplified name, but those changes weren't enough to reverse the sales slide. Just 2,075 Tribecas left dealer lots last year.

Subaru has confirmed that it plans to field a new three-row crossover in the future, though details on the model are scarce at this point. At the very least, expect it to correct the Tribeca's biggest flaws - a cramped cabin and poor fuel economy. A platform derived from the next-generation Legacy/Outback's architecture is also likely.

Previous rumored have asserted that the Ford Explorer rival could hit the market as soon as 2016.

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