Subaru’s seven-seat Exiga (2008): first picturesTue, 17 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0700
By Ben Whitworth
First Official Pictures
17 June 2008 12:08
This is the Exiga, Subaru’s rather straightlaced seven-seat people carrier, designed to bridge the gap between the current Legacy and Tribeca. Based on existing Legacy architecture, the Exiga has a long 2750mm wheelbase, and at 4750mm long, 1775mm wide and 1660mm high, it’s roughly the same size as Ford’s S-Max.
There’s a choice of two engines – both 2.0-litre petrols and both flat fours. The 148bhp naturally aspirated boxer is hooked up to a four-speed automatic (when was the last time you heard of a new model arriving with a four-speed auto?) while the punchier 225bhp gets a five-cog self-shifter. Scooby anoraks will be delighted to learn that the standard car gets a plain-jane grille, while the turbo enjoys ‘a powerful wing-shape embellishment in dark plating on a metal mesh background’. Nifty. Four-wheel drive is standard, of course.
Yup, style icon it most certainly is not, but the Exiga does have some neat design touches. When not in use, the third row of seats fold flat, and each row of seats is higher than the one before it, creating a theatre-like layout so all passengers get a decent view out, with the airy cabin feeling helped by the full-length sunroof. The left and right seats in the second row slide fore and aft, the rear doors open up to almost right angles for easier access to the third row, while the compact double-wishbone suspension and trick fuel tank have created a flat floor for third-row passengers.
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By Ben Whitworth