Subaru mulls seven names for 7-passenger crossover
The three-row vehicle will likely be based on the Japan-market Exiga Crossover 7.
A recent Subaru owner's survey revealed that the company is considering a 7-seater crossover for the US market.
In the survey, which was shared to Jalopnik, Subaru asks, "In thinking about the Subaru brand and the possibility of a 7 passenger vehicle being offered in the future, please rate how well you like these names for the new vehicle? [sic]." The survey then asks for a rating from 1-10 for seven potential names: Centauri, Cypress, Ascent, Meridian, Sojourn, and Columbia.
The car in question is likely a version of the recently launched Japan-market Crossover 7, based on a concept from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. That vehicle itself was based on a three-row Exiga wagon that's been on sale since 2008, but Outback-ified with a raised ride height and more durable body cladding.
The Crossover 7 is powered by Subaru's 2.5-liter boxer four mated with a continuously variable transmission. The company has hinted as early as 2013 that there'd be a three-row crossover launching as a 2016 model.
Subaru has not had a three-row, 7-seat vehicle in its lineup since the B9 Tribeca ended production in January 2014.