Thanks for your informative post, which is helping me to get my head around the strategy for the new car!Imagine it.
Keep in mind what's going to happen next year - a LOT of big changes for the company, AND for the parent company.
K Outbacks and Legacy, and still make the 60K US market Impreza we need - and still have room to make 40K of the Viziv-7.
We're not TRYING to be an Expedition, Suburban, or CX-9 killer. But we need a 7 passenger of our own that IS of that size - and that's exactly what niche this car fills.
I like it in that it may allow the H-6 to continue being made, and I'd like my next Subaru to have the H-6. But I'm personally not in need of a 7 seater.
I still am scratching my head about why Subaru would want to compete on a large SUV segment that (aside from a few luxury models from various cos.) 1. is dominated to about 75% by couple of GM products and 2. where two big Japanese brands, Toyo and Nissan, have IMO embarrassingly never figured out how to establish themselves. Analogous to the big pickup segment.
I can't quite get on Subaru's wavelength here--unless they want to want to establish their SUV cred beginning at the top, in the big SUV segment, and beat Toyota or Nissan in sales, which come to think of it might just be doable. Having established their SUV beachhead, they could then scale the product down to a 2/2.5 row mid-size, if they see the market for it is there.
PS I'd like my next one to be a 6-cyl, but I also really like the Forester XT especially after the improvements made for 2017. I'm hoping they stay true to the concept in the next gen Forester, somehow I think they will. :wink2:
Enjoy the wknd!