Subaru will soon add a new vehicle into the mix at its assembly plant in Lafayette, Indiana. In 2018, the automaker will start building its new 3-row crossover at the plant, and while we don’t know the name of it yet, we do know it will replace the retiring Tribeca. As a three-row seater, it will be larger than the Tribeca, too.
The new SUV will join other models being built here in the U.S.: the Legacy, Outback and a new Impreza compact along with a new 5-door model which goes into production in 2016.
“We are delighted to be bringing even more Subaru manufacturing to the U.S. The new model will also result in increased investment at SIA and at several of our suppliers across the country,” says Tom Easterday executive vice president, secretary, and chief legal officer of Subaru of Indiana Automotive.
Subaru production in Indiana is projected to be approximately 228,000 units in 2015, and annual capacity is scheduled to grow to 394,000 with the introduction of the Impreza model.
Subaru says it’s currently enjoying its seventh consecutive year of sales records and expects to close 2015 with over 550,000 sales, with sales tripling since 2007.
“We have enjoyed record sales for seven consecutive years and the introduction of an all-new, American-made Impreza followed by an all-new larger 3-row crossover will help keep our sales momentum strong,” says Thomas J. Doll, President and COO of Subaru of America.