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Three-row Subaru on the way, but not until 2016

A replacement for the Subaru Tribeca is still two years off.

Subaru has confirmed that it is working on a new three-row crossover to replace its lame duck Tribecca, but the Japanese automaker hinted that its Ford Explorer-rivaling utility vehicle won't be ready to launch until 2016 at the earliest.

"I've received very strong requests from U.S. dealers for a multipassenger, seven-seat vehicle," Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., told Automotive News. "And we are planning to introduce it to the U.S. market."

Subaru will end production of the Tribeca in January.

Yoshinaga didn't give a definitive launch date for the new CUV, but added that Subaru doesn't have any plans to introduce any all-new models into the United States market in 2014 or 2015, indicating a 2016 launch at the earliest.

No other details were revealed, but the new utility vehicle could be based on the Japanese-market Subaru Exiga, which is essentially a tall wagon. However, it's also possible that Subaru could opt to use the Legacy platform as a base for the three-row crossover.

Through the first 10 months of they year Subaru has sold just 1,348 units of the Tribeca.

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