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Trevor Collett | Aug, 21 2014 | 2 Comments

Subaru has reportedly moved to reassure customers a replacement for the now-retired Tribeca SUV is in the pipeline.

Speaking with Cars.com in the US, Subaru Communications Manager Dominick Infante said the Japanese carmaker had not given up on the large, ‘three-row’ SUV segment.

"We are actively working on a next-generation three-row; we're not giving up on it," Mr Infante said.

Infante said the new model would need to be bigger and more spacious than its predecessor, adding that Subaru could choose to build a larger version of its Outback wagon or follow Mazda’s with a model similar to the CX-9.

Size has previously been raised as a key letdown in the Tribeca, although the new ‘Subaru Global Platform’ detailed earlier this year may solve interior space concerns.

2009 Subaru Tribeca
2009 Subaru Tribeca

Production of the Tribeca finally ended in October 2013 after eight years of below-par sales and constant rumours of its demise.

But strong sales for other carmakers in the seven-seat (or more) segment in various markets will likely drive Subaru to try again, with at least one report suggesting Subaru had begun work on a Tribeca replacement months before production of the ill-fated model ceased.

Some Subaru dealers in Australia still have new or demonstrator 2013 Tribeca models on their lots, with 12 sales last month and 22 in June.

Besides remaining Tribeca stocks, Subaru will have to rely on its Outback and Liberty variants to woo family buyers while development of the new three-row model continues.

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