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The JDM Toyota with the most peculiar name (it's up against some pretty tough competition on that front), the "ist", had a face lift and heart transplant today.

Replacing the original 2002 model, which was sold Stateside as the Scion xA, the new car is still a front wheel drive hatchback, but has taken on distinctly crossover-ish dimensions, and comes with a choice of 1.5 and 1.8 liter motors as opposed to the 1.3 and 1.5 liter line up of old. Prices are a bit below the near-identical US spec Scion xD, starting at $13,800 for a CVT equipped 1.5 but rising to almost $16,000 for the 1.8 with an electronic four speed auto.

[Source: Toyota]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This isn't a facelift but a complete new model. You will find more pictures here:


      And 1.3L is fine for a car like that. Not everyone wants a heavy V6 under the hood..
      • 7 Years Ago
      If there was any country that wouldn't want the xA to be beefed up, wouldn't it be Japan?
      • 7 Years Ago
      So in German it's the 'is' whatever. That thing has to be a real slug with the 1.3L