A new mini-car and a large seven-seat SUV are to be the stars of the Subaru stand at this year’s 75th Geneva International Motor Show next month.
The Subaru R1 mini-car has just gone on sale in Japan while the Porsche Cayenne-sized B9 Tribeca had its debut at the recent Detroit Motor Show with first US deliveries due in the summer.
Neither are planned for Europe although market research studies are about to begin to gauge public reaction.
Aimed at the Japanese ‘K-Car’ market, the 660cc Subaru R1 offers all-wheel drive and intelligent continuously-variable automatic transmission with a streamlined body described as resembling an eggshell. The car features a luxurious black and red interior, primarily designed as a two-seater.
The two-wheel drive version is one of the most fuel-efficient cars in Japan and qualifies as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle, exceeding government demands for a 50 per cent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels.
Spearheading a new design direction for Subaru, the new B9 Tribeca is a large seven-seat SUV similar in size to a Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5. The Tribeca features all-wheel drive and a horizontally-opposed six-cylinder 3.0 litre ‘boxer’ engine similar to the range-topping Legacy.
To be built in Subaru’s plant in Indiana, the Tribeca will initially be restricted to the US, Canadian and Chilean markets only.