A medium-sized MPV, the Subaru Exiga has been produced by Subaru since 2008. It was first revealed as a concept vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. As for name, the Japanese Subaru press introduction material suggests that the name ‘Exiga’ is basically a neologism formed by combining two different words, i.e. ‘exciting’ and ‘active’, and is pronounced as “x-shiga”.
Some of the major characteristics are: a very large panoramic glass roof, theater-style seating, where the rear passengers seats are slightly higher than the front passenger seats. The concept version came with upholstered leather seats which were pruned with pearl blue and white. Integrated in rear seatbacks is the fold-down tray tables very identical to one found in aeroplanes.
The concept car also offered an instrumental panel that shows from eight monitors, offering superior visibility in the car. It also featured a clear blue multi-display area. The production version continues to come with an indirect lighting in the side doors and roof, offering soft, ambient light during night time.
An entry from Autoblog suggests that a seven-seater wagon version was also released by Subaru on June 18, 2008 in Japan. The Subaru Exiga never went to North America, where Subaru opted to sell its similar-sized, seven-seater Subaru Tribeca. Both are offered alongside each other in Singapore and Australian markets. The 2.0i and 2.0GT are the two trims of Exiga offered in Singapore. Similar trim levels are also marketed in Indonesian market which has a large market base for seven-seater MPV.
The first production version of Exiga was offered in Japanese market on June 17, 2008. The Exiga was launched as a replacement vehicle for Subaru’s another seven-seater Subaru Traviq in Japan. In the beginning years, it was restricted to Japanese market only, but later a decision had been taken to introduce it in the export markets. As result Australia became the first market where Exiga was exported. In Australia, it is marketed under Subaru Liberty Exiga nameplate.
Four different trim levels of Exiga are offered including: a 2.0i (entry-level), 2.0i-L, 2.0i-S and the top of the line turbocharged 2.0GT equipped with intercooler. The first three trim levels are available without a turbocharger. The turbocharged version is distinguished by the presence of metal-mesh with dark plating front grille and hoodscoop. The non-turbo models feature a chrome plated front grille. A tandem setup has been used to install dual catalytic converters to offer better emissions control. The turbocharged versions feature VTD transmission compared to Active Torque Split Transmission on the non-turbo models. The turbocharged models receive either a 16-inch or 17-inch wheels. In July 5, 2008, the 4-wheel drive was made available as an option for all non-turbo Japanese versions, while it was made standard on turbo models.
As of September 2, 2009, all-wheel drive cars received a Lineartronic CVT transmission, the high performance 2.0GT received an optional driver safety feature known as EyeSight. This feature basically based on two cameras which are mounted on both sides of the rear-view mirror. A human-like stereoscopic vision is used to monitor distances. The feature becomes really helpful in maintaining suitable distance from other vehicles. It also supports a lane departure warning system as well as a driver alert warning system for different conditions. The feature also incorporates in it an SI-Cruise.
The center tray, foot wells and an overhead console feature an indirect blue LED lighting installed in them.
Previously, Subaru Liberty displayed a good show in the Australia and gained a lot of respect and popularity. Following the success of Liberty in Australian market, Subaru introduced the Exiga in Australian market in late 2009. It is sold as Subaru Liberty Exiga here and receives a reputable 2.5-L naturally-aspirated EJ25 engine. Two trim levels are offered including a base 2.5i and top of the line 2.5i Premium.