• Jan 7, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Scion xB Release Series 6.0

Scion will continue its habit of offering tweaked versions of its wares as "Release Series" models at next week's Detroit Auto Show where the Scion xB Release Series 6.0 will be revealed. As is de rigeur for these special editions, the R.S. 6.0 will get its own paint color, "Absolutely Red" (it's a standard color for the Yaris), along with a unique front grille and wheel covers (seriously, wheel covers?). Inside, a new Pioneer Audio Visual Navigation system is included on the R.S., along with matching red accents on various trim pieces and seat fabric, as well as four-color interior lighting.

Want one? Only 2,500 copies will be produced, so act fast and be prepared to drop an extra $1,743 over the base xB's price of $15,750. Add an extra $950 for an automatic transmission (if you must) and an extra $320 for a color-matched rear spoiler.



PRESS RELEASE

Scion Announces Pricing for xB Release Series 6.0

To be Displayed at the 2009 North American International Auto Show

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Scion announced today that its first limited-production vehicle for 2009, the xB Release Series 6.0 (xB R.S. 6.0), will be available at dealer showrooms in February.

A 2009 xB RS 6.0 will be on display in the Scion booth at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, January 11-25 for media and public days.

The 2009 xB Release Series 6.0 comes exclusively in Absolutely Red exterior paint. A unique front grille with custom black finish and Release Series wheel covers distinguish this limited production xB. A color-keyed rear spoiler will be available as an option.

Inside, the xB features a touch screen Pioneer Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) headunit with flash memory, voice recognition, MSN Direct, and Bluetooth(R). For media player flexibility, the AVN unit comes with USB, SD card, and iPod connectivity. The Pioneer AVN headunit is also satellite radio and HD Radio(R) ready and will play DVDs and iPod videos when the vehicle is in park. In addition, users can select from over 32,000 colors to customize the 5.8-inch high-resolution WVGA LCD touch-panel display.

Absolutely Red makes its mark inside the xB as well with color-tuned four-in-one interior lights, RS 6.0 illuminated door sills, and accented interior trim and color-tuned seat fabric. The xB RS 6.0 will also be equipped with a rear cargo cover. Individually numbered badging completes the uniqueness of this vehicle.

Only 2,500 units of the xB RS 6.0 will be built. The xB RS 6.0 model will carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,743 over the base price of the xB. The base MSRP for the standard xB with a manual transmission is $15,750, while the standard xB with an automatic transmission model carries a MSRP of $16,700. The available Absolutely Red spoiler has a MSRP of $320, not including installation.

The delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee for all Scion models is $670 and is not included in the MSRP. DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      A mini-van for geeks.

      And I don't mean that as a compliment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its a car for people who love their cars. There is a crazy active car community around scion. And if people looked at the energy star ratings they would steer clear since the EPA rates this one low. This is more the car for people who care about price, space, and resale value... and dont want to drive what everyone else does.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @bonehead...

        Wait, didn't you just get done saying how practical the xB is? If the EPA rated it poorly, it must not be that practical. Get a Ford Fiesta.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, us geeks like cool cars.

        This is a mini-van for those who purchase appliances based on EngeryStar ratings.
      • 6 Years Ago
      great... another modern day under powered scooby van. Except this one probably is tweeked by being overpriced.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @bonehead...

        If you want quick for that price, you're barking up the wrong tree.

        Pay 5 grand extra and buy a Cobalt SS if you want quick.
        • 6 Years Ago
        http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/hot_lists/car_shopping/budget_rides/scion_xb_road_test

        0-60: 10.6s (2008) Car and Driver (4A)
        "for the not so young set"

        http://www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=4&article_id=6902

        0-60: 7.5s (2008) Road and Track (5M)
        slalom 63.7 mph, 0.82g skidpad.
        "with looks only a ups driver could love"

        3000+lbs and 158hp dosent sound like much fun.


        • 6 Years Ago
        a 3 second difference between an automatic and a manual transmission??

        I'm not doubting the numbers you gave, just surprised that the difference is that big!

        What'd Toyota do wrong there???
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ AJ
        yeah the Cobalt SS is a bargain but it is unfortunately a Cobalt.

        What i want is xB practicality, with performance, and mileage at a $20k price. Sure there is plenty of good performance to be had in the $22-25k range. But none have the xB practicality and i like the unique look of it. (prob in the minority there though). But seeing as how the xB v6 would come in at $20k or less... the cobalt is a good 2k over that. I just saw a spy shot of the new Opel Astra 5dr. I hope they bring that with the Cobalt SS mechanicals.!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "3000+lbs and 158hp dosent sound like much fun."

        does 2930 lbs with 156hp sound like fun? That is the Mazda 3 sport which costs $3k more and is considered the sportiest in its class.

        At $15750 there are few cars that can out perform the xB. And at that price with that level of practicality there is ABSOLUTELY nothing that even comes close.

        BTW the xB max cargo capacity is 70ish cu. ft. while the mazda 3 is 44. That is the insane level of practicality im talking about.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you should probably go drive one. With 160ish hp and a manual it is not a slouch. It might be one of the fastest cars for that price. I have seen road tests where its 0-60 is in the high 7s. Not fast of course but not slow for that price and practicality.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Low torque. Auto's use torque converters which work most efficientcy (for acceleration) with high torque and relatively high stall (but poorer fuel efficiency). Manuals and auto manuals or even CVT would be better suited to engines which have low torque.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i saw 6.0 in the title and i was really hoping someone had shoved a v8 in an xB
      • 6 Years Ago
      You can't compare this to the VW - it has waaay more room inside. Try getting your bike in the Rabbit and people. Come on people, get real.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $1500 for what basically is an upgrade to a Pioneer F-series nav unit which retails for about $500. Color me un-impressed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The reason for wheel covers is because the original RS's for the xA and xB's had rims, the xA RS1 in Absolutely Red had Enkei rims as did the RS1 tC, but a lot of the buyers were annoyed that they were spending ~$1500-2000 for rims they were going to replace so Toyota started making the RS's with goodies inside and a unique color, but left the wheels to the buyers, while dropping the price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Enkei wheels with the xA RS1 are still the best looking for that model. You would be hard pressed to find an RS1 that doesn't still have those, and a pile of people actually looking to buy them from owners who might be insane to not actually want them.

        Outside of that, for the extra $1500, you got full traction control, a moon roof, some nice body enhancements, colored seats, and oh yeah, the nice wheels. Easily worth the extra cash and then some. It was the only one available in Absolutely Red as well. The color is amazing.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Super interesting approach, though. They're managing the product line as if they're sneakers. Seriously.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For a second there I looked at the roof pillars and thought they'd brought back the first-gen. Then I scrolled down.

      D:

      If I were going to get a box-car like this one, I'd buy a Nissan Cube. I think it looks better than this vehicle does. Plus the early specs show it's going to be more fuel-efficient.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All those upgrades, and yet no one thought to do away with the hub caps. I don't think I could buy any car that will be sporting Pep Boys plastic after one of the stock caps falls off. Very disappointing for a company aimed at style.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Right, but if we compare apples (Rabbit 5-door) to apples (xB), the VW is $18,900.
        • 6 Years Ago
        and i bet it comes with more standard features and the VeeDub
      • 6 Years Ago
      god i hate these stupid things.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, thats a boring mini van
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