• Jun 9, 2006

Sure, it's not the clearest picture, but we love spy shots so much that we'll put it up anyway. Wheelstorejt, a message board junkie over at ScionLife, snapped this shot of the next Scion xB. Unlike the vehicle's Japanese counterpart, the Toyota bB, it looks as if there won't be much of a redesign for the xB other than a longer wheelbase and the resultant more room in back. That is, of course, if this is truly the body the new xB is going to have... the other possibility is that the body's a mock-up mule and what's really being tested is a bigger engine sitting atop a Corolla platform. At any rate, it's likely the next model will be bigger and badder than the last.

[Source: ScionLife]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow! I can't believe they figured out how to make it even uglier!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ew. I agree that making the Scion that big causes it to lose its appeal. And I am a HUGE xB fan.

      If that's what the next one looks like, I better hurry and get one soon. :)

      It's not an SUV, Toyota.

      And no, Lithous, it's not just "Those Japanese" that are making their cars bigger. Virtually every car grows over time - Eurpoean, American, all of them. Some American cars with very old names (i.e. Impala) might be smaller than their original forms, because American cars in the '50s and '60s were HUGE. But do you want to bet that the next generation Impala will be larger than the current one?

      While Toyota is obviously taking the Civic upmarket, they're not the only one that increases the size of their cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, that thing is horrible....boxy......boring......square.... just like a volvo... ?

      Stoneman

      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks as if they have also give it a bigger engine compartment. If im not mistaken, the hood looks to be longer. Could they possibly be making it RWD? Or might they be copying the Caldina (JPN) and re-skinning it as the xB? I doubt it, but an AWD Boosted xB would be a very interesting sight.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ooooh......ahhhh! A longer boxonwheels, and it burns more gas at a faster pace. Those tree huggin' box car willies are gonna turn on you Toyota.

      I think we had a 3 gen Civic (CCVC) hatch and yes it was small, but we fit fine. Just another example of how fat we are because nowadays you couldn't fit more than four people in there comfortably.....and it was a 5 passenger car!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota Motor Corporation is about to become the largest producer (1) of automobiles and small trucks in the United States, displacing General Motors. How did this happen? We voted, with our dollars, and put Toyota into this enviable position. Why did this happen? Toyota has consistently coupled the production of very reliable and cost effective vehicles with a great marketing program.

      The position of 'Number One' in the United States auto market comes with a number of profoundly serious responsibilities, in my opinion. Paramount among these responsibilities is to aid the United States in reducing oil consumption in general, and foreign oil imports in particular. Great intellect is not required to realize that money sent from the USA to Muslim oil producing countries funds murderous acts around the world. At stake in this reduction of oil consumption is the physical survival of the American people against an aggressor simply practicing the words of the Quran (2), i.e. the complete Islamic domination of Planet Earth.

      Yet, Toyota is premeditatively withholding developed technology from the USA, which would significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

      Toyota will introduce their Yaris (3) model into the USA during the Spring of 2006. Former iterations of this space and fuel-efficient vehicle have been available in Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia for several years with a choice of gasoline engines or an efficient diesel. However, the American public will not be given a choice of engines for the Yaris (4). It will be offered only with Toyota's 1.5 liter gasoline engine, not with the recently developed Toyota D-4D (5)1.4 liter turbo diesel engine which scores an amazing 62.8 MPG combined city/highway with less pollution than similarly sized gasoline engines.

      Toyota has extended the technology used in the D-4D to larger engines and cars. The Toyota Verso (6), available in the United Kingdom, with a 1.9 liter D-4D scores 46.5 MPG combined city/highway. The very similar Matrix (7), with the only engine offered in this country, a 1.8 liter gasoline, scores approximately 30 MPG combined. The RAV4 (8), as offered in the United States with a 2.4 liter gasoline engine and 2WD, scores 27 MPG. In the United Kingdom, where it is offered with a 2.2 liter D-4D diesel, the RAV4 (9) scores 42 MPG.

      Toyota USA Public Relations was unable to give me any reason the D-4D technology will be withheld from the USA in any form in any vehicle during my e-mail and subsequent telephone inquiries about this matter. They further explained that there are no plans to ever introduce D-4D, or any, Toyota diesel technology to the US.


      Two reasons occur to me as to why this super efficient diesel technology is not offered in the USA by Toyota:

      1. Toyota is concerned that the introduction of a highly efficient diesel may reduce the sales of its electric hybrid vehicles before the corporation has recouped the development and tooling costs of the hybrids. Extending the argument, perhaps Toyota seeks to produce hybrids because of their greater value added to the finished product, leading to greater profits. This may be an ill advised business decision considering the potential increase in sales of Toyota vehicles equipped with diesels utilizing the clean D4-D technology, especially in the van and pick-up truck markets in the US. Tangentially, it must be stated that the D-4D technology and the electric hybrid technology, both Toyota products, are not mutually exclusive; the combination of these innovations in a single power plant, i.e. a D-4D turbo-diesel electric hybrid, would boost fuel economy to the 75 MPG range and Toyota profits by billions of dollars.


      2. Diesel fuel available in the USA has insufficient lubricity to permit the all aluminum D-4D diesel a long service life. Since 1993, the sulfur content in #1 and #2 Diesel in the USA has been significantly reduced to meet environmental regulations. This lowers the fuel's lubricity, causing increased levels of wear in the high-pressure valves and pumps necessary for diesel engine operation. Fortunately, this excessive wear can be eliminated by the addition of as little as 2% biodiesel (10)(called B2) to the fuel. Biodiesel (11), produced from any animal or vegetable fat, even cooking waste oil, also reduces pollution and CO2 levels in the environment and is a renewable resource which can be produced entirely within the USA. The major byproduct of biodiesel production is cattle feed and/or fuel alcohols.

      It must be reiterated that the reduction of foreign oil importation is a matter of United States national defense. Toyota Motor Corporation clearly possesses the technology and the superior market position to do just that, yet refuses to introduce that technology here, or to adequately explain any reason for withholding it.

      I demand a US Congressional inquiry i
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope Toyota put something into engine management and emissions control. Despite its small size and engine, the current xB produces more pollution per mile than a 8-cyl Sequoia that has a EPA pollution score of only 3 out of 10. The xB's score is a mere 2. In fact, no Scion scores better than 3.

      In constrast, every Volvo scores at least 6, including the 8-cyl XC90. Honda/Acura does the same with the exception of, surprisingly, some Insight models.

      In spite of all the hoopla generated by the Prius and its other hybrids, Toyota vehicles overall are not particularly environmentally-friendly when vehicle type, weight and engine size are taken into consideration.


      • 8 Years Ago
      Rolling breadbox lol Its gonna be a funny moment in 15 years when you run across one of these in a junkyard. Just like it was when you ran across the infamous Yugo.

      http://www.sbftech.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I agree though, it is too bad manufacturers feel each suceeding generation of a car MUST be bigger, taller, or wider than what went before. Yesterday I saw a second gen. Honda Civic. I was surprized that it was such a tiny car, especially considering how large it made my fifth gen. Civic look."

      Manufacturers in general? No. The Impala today is smaller than older ones. It is the Japanese making things bigger. Ford didn't make the Expedition most hugest instead it made the Excusion. American vehicles usually stay in their class (or get smaller) per existing model name. The Japanese on the other hand are taking the Camry, Accord, Civic and everything else and making them bigger and bigger. But ALL AMERICANS WANT SMALL CARS. Just a myth apparently. I was driving behind a 2004-ish Accord yesterday and in the lane to my left but next to the Accord was a brand new Civic. The Civic made the Accord look like a compact car. How is that possible?

      I see what the Japanese are doing. They know the car business is ALL about perception. So they are taking their best names (like Camry, Accord and Civic) and making them bigger and bigger and then replacing the once small cars with things like Yaris and Fit. Instead of JUST KEEPING THE CIVIC THE SIZE OF THE FIT FROM DAY ONE. The plan is to have Accord be a Crown Vic fighter eventually and have the Civic be an Impala fighter and then the Fit will get well known and be a Malibu fighter and then they will have brought in a new small car (because everyone falls in love with a little cute thing especially those vocal environmentalist and such) to get love and praise util eventually the Camry and Accord are Excursion fighers and (I guess that would make the Avalon a Freighliner figher at that point) and the Civic and Corolla are Tahoe fighters and...


      The Japanese know what we Americans want alright and it apparently isn't small cars like all the brainwashed non-attention paying domestic haters think. because they keep making them bigger. It is all about perception. Sure they bring in smaller cars like the Scion to make everyone go, "See they sell small cars", but they probably already have plans for the xB to go head-to-head with the Tahoe by 2010. Bring in a couple small cars that sell 1% of their sales and sell 6 larger and larger cars and 6 SUVs, right Toyota?
      • 8 Years Ago
      blech. no thanks, I don't want a minivan. they could've shoved the 2.4l into the current xB and I would've bought it. :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Definitely agree with Noah. Additional problem for the xB is the bigger it gets, the more it will simply look like a box rather than a cute toy.

      The way things are going, I don't know how I'll every replace my Protege5.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota's entering the hearse market
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