• Feb 7, 2007
In a move that can only be deemed as stupid, lazy or incredibly devious, Car & Driver published images and information on Scion's redesigned xB and all-new xD more than a day and a half before the car's are scheduled to be debuted here in Chicago. The info went live last night but wasn't discovered until an industrious member of the ScionLife forum messed with the URL and found it.

First up is the new xB, which has grown in size thanks to leaving the platform it shared with the now defunct xA. Gone is the toaster-esque styling as well, replaced with a design that's still a box, though one with fender flares, a little more character in the front end and a thick C/D-pillar. It's also reported that the interior has been upgraded along with losing the not-loved center-mounted gauge pod. The xB will also share its powerplant with the tC now, which means a 2.4L four-cylinder generating 158 hp and 162 ft-lbs. of torque will be on tap to send power through a five-speed manual or four-seed automatic.

The xD is the new kid in the Scion camp, replacing the less well-received xA. It rides on the same platform as the Yaris, but is powered by the 128-hp, 1.8L four-cylinder found in the Corolla and Matrix. The xD will feature the same transmission choices as the new xB and send power to the front wheels only. The xD's styling shares the same thick C/D-pillar seen on the new xB, which appears to be a new Scion trademark styling cue. We'll leave judgment of the car's overall design to you, but will just say that it looks like a cross between a Camry and a JDM-market Mazda Verisa.

[Source: ScionLife]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I really don't care for the way either vehicle looks. They both look rather bloated and look like toyota was trying too hard to make the vehicles "cool". I think the previous shoebox looks better than the new.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yawn. Even people on a budget shouldnt have to ride around in a bunch of unsafe ugly. Why anyone buys a Scion is beyond me. Its a worthless brand. I rarely see them anymore. I honestly do not see these doing well. What makes me laugh the most is the TC, people think it is some hot car with breakthrough styling when in all honesty it is nothing but another lame celica that will probaby be killed again sometime soon because Toyota couldn't build a decent coupe if they tried. As they say on one of my favorite MTV shows...NEXT!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if Scion would be hit with trademark infringement for having a product with the same name as a digital memory format.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the engines, but I hate the new look.
      • 7 Years Ago
      god, C&D does it again!!!! gotta update my angry letter!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the xD's potential. I bet it won't be any time before someone yanks the 1ZZ out and puts in a 2ZZ-GE and six-speed manual. All the hot tuning parts already exist for these motors, and aside from having to fabricate new manifolds for headers and extractors, the aftermarket shouldn't have a hard time embracing it. I'm excited to see how this pans out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just give them both the 1.8L engines, you noticed how much gas the Camry/TC's 2.4L would eat up? Also, learn from Honda and stop using 4 speed slush boxes and MOVE FOWARD with 5-speeds for all models! An extra gear provides better gas mileage, better acceleration, and lower crusing RPM!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, I think they look much blander than the old ones.

      The xb is bigger and has a REAL engine, so it will probably stay popular, at least for the first year.

      But they're not great, daring designs like the last gen (which were, after all, old Japanese market cars). And why change the xA to xD, when it's basically the same car - then keep the xB name for a vastly different design?

      The xB looks like a 4 door golf (rabbit?) that someone stepped on. It's like Toyota thought, "Well, all those blue-haired teachers haven't had an ugly car to rally around since the Forester was gussied up. Let's fill that niche."

      That nose looked 700% better on the concept car/van/thing. The Miami people were star-struck delusional fans.

      Being vastly better on gas (the major selling point?) and better-looking, I predict the xD to be the more popular car now.

      Here's my ugly cars that old liberal teachers mysteriously loved list:
      80's: saabs, volkswagen fox, brown volvos
      90's: subaru justy, corolla wagon 4wd, mazda hatch
      00-05:Subaru Forester
      • 7 Years Ago
      More ugliness from the company that defines ugly and bland.

      Lemmings of the world unite, here is more reliable, boring, ugly Toyota shit for you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think they got the package right on the both by adding what was lacking from the prior models. Power. The Corolla 1.8L was doing 41 mpg. Imagine on a smaller car what that would do? The same goes with the xB. 108 hp was just not enough for the box. Now you wouldn't have to wring its neck for it to move.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Someone explain to me why these cars are being sold at the same time as the Yaris. I'm sure there's a real reason behind it, but to me it looks like they're the same cars going after the same market from the same company.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should have stuck with the Japanese offerings of Toyota vehicles. By changing the Xb for the North American market, they've already put themselves at distance from their aftermarket community.

      Stop making the same mistakes Honda did, the original Xb and Xa did well because of the vast amount of aftermarket parts that already existed in Japan. Why change the formula now?
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