Subaru Exiga Crossover 7 – Could this Supersized Wagon Play in the U.S.?

By Steve & Tamami Laser; with Nahoko Osuka reporting from Japan

From the Crosstrek to the Forester and the Outback, Subaru offers wagon-based crossovers for a wide variety of customers. But what about families seeking seating for seven? The Tribeca may be gone from the U.S. market, yet in Japan and other countries Subaru has offered the seven-passenger Exiga.

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At the last Tokyo Motor Show, we saw Subaru’s new Crossover 7 Concept debut. This styling exercise applied Outback-like cues to the previously plain-looking Exiga wagon (concept photos above and below via Tokyo Motor Show pressroom).

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Subaru said the Crossover 7 Concept features “Sophisticated exterior styling that gives expression of all-around performance and a refined and free-spirited interior accentuated by tan leather seats that are sure to whet the appetite for some fun.”

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It turns out that this was more than just a concept. Subaru was providing a sneak preview of the upcoming new model. And now, 18 months later, the Exiga Crossover 7 is ready to go on sale in Japan. These new photos from Subaru show that little has changed on the short road to production.

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Even the interior looks remarkably similar to the concept including the choice of tan colors highlighted by piano black accents. Seating is arranged in theater style to assist outward visibility for those riding in the second and third rows.

This video takes a closer look at design cues for Exiga Crossover 7 including the large front grille, lower side-body cladding, wheel  arches, roof rails and 17-inch wheels that are exclusive to this model. (video: Subaru)

Under the hood, the Exiga Crossover 7 is powered by Subaru’s horizontally opposed 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine also found in the Legacy and Outback, teamed with a Lineartronic CVT and Symmetrical all-wheel drive.

In addition to proving seats for seven, the new model features versatile cargo space for transporting different sized objects. The front seats can be folded all the way back and the headrests removed for a “sleeping mode.” (video: Subaru)

With its tall roofline and under-floor cargo box opened, the Crossover 7 can carry a potted plant in the upright position as we see in the video. Comfort features up front include a standard 8-way power driver’s seat and heated front seats.

Prices for the new Subaru Exiga Crossover 7 start at ¥2,550,000 (about $23,000) in Japan. The production target is 600 units per month, making this a low-volume model. While we think it would make a great addition to Subaru’s U.S. lineup, perhaps dubbed “Outback 7,” we don’t expect that to happen.

Product information applies to models sold in Japan. Features, specifications and prices are subject to change without notice.

Subaru Crossover 7 photos courtesy Tokyo Motor Show newsroom

Press release, photos (except as noted) and videos courtesy Subaru Corp.

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