Legacy-based Subaru crossover coming in 2017?

Subaru\'s yet-unnamed crossover will offer space for up to seven passengers.

Subaru is in the early stages of developing a successor to the slow-selling Tribeca crossover, and a report coming out of Australia gives us a better idea of what to expect from it.

The yet-unnamed crossover is likely to ride on a widened and lengthened version of the platform that currently underpins the Legacy and the rugged Outback. The stretched dimensions will allow Subaru's range-topper to offer an ample amount of space for up to seven passengers and their gear, positioning it at heart of the hotly-contested three-row segment.

Insider sources have hinted that the crossover will borrow more than a few styling cues from the VIZIV 2 concept that was presented earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. It will fall in line with Subaru's latest design language thanks to a taller rendition of the hexagonal radiator grille found on the Outback and sharp elongated headlights.

The crossover will be available with Subaru's usual assortment of flat-four and -six cylinder engines. The automaker's well-regarded all-wheel drive technology will come standard on all models, and a gasoline-electric hybrid variant will likely round out the lineup a little later in the production run.

Built in Indiana, Subaru's next crossover is expected to arrive in 2017 at the very latest. Australian website Motoring suggests it could be previewed by a thinly-veiled concept that will be presented at the 2015 edition of the Tokyo Motor Show.

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