Subaru Exiga Concept
The Subaru Exiga (pronounced x-shiga) is a new medium MPV that debuted as a concept car during the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. According to the Japanese Subaru press introduction materials, the name "Exiga" is a neologism combination of the words "exciting" and "active".
The vehicle boasts a supersize panoramic glass roof and theater-style seating, with rear passengers sitting a little higher than those in front. Seats in the concept vehicle were upholstered in leather and trimmed in pearl white and blue. The rear seatbacks incorporate fold-down tray tables, similar to those on airplanes.
The instrument panel in the concept vehicle offered displays from eight monitors, providing excellent visibility around the vehicle, and also housed a clear blue multi-display zone. There continues to be indirect lighting in the side doors and ceiling in the production vehicle, providing soft ambient light at night.
The engine is a 1994 cc turbocharged H4 based on the Subaru Impreza WRX coupled to Subaru's 5EAT automatic transmission used in the Subaru Legacy and Subaru Tribeca.
According to an article from Autoblog, Subaru introduced the seven seat wagon in the Japanese market June 18, 2008.
The Subaru Exiga isn't sold in North America, opting to sell the similarly-sized Subaru Tribeca 7-seater instead. However, both the Exiga and Tribeca are sold in Australia and Singapore.
In Singapore, the Exiga is sold in 2.0i and 2.0GT trim levels. The same models are also offered in Indonesia, where the market of 7-seater MPV is very big.
Source: Wikipedia, 2011