• Dec 2, 2009

Scion xB Release Series 7.0 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Just yesterday we shared with you some pics of and specs on the latest Scion Release Series, the xB 7.0. It's a tradition of sorts for Scion to come out with a new Release at the LA Auto Show. For this go-around, Scion seems to have been indulging in some fermented grapes, as the bloody thing is painted Murasaki! That would be purple for those of us not fluent in Japanese. Well, we have just one thing to say now that we've seen it in person, we're glad it's going to be limited to just 2,000 units.

It's not so much the underlying xB, or the DAMD body kit, or the custom stitching on the interior. It's not the TRD springs for sure, and the new exhaust tips aren't that bad. It's just that when the whole thing is swathed in purple, we can't get past the color. In any case, you can check out the high-res gallery below and the press release after the jump and judge the 7.0 for yourself.




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PRESS RELEASE:

Scion Announces Pricing for xB Release Series 7.0, Will Debut at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 30, 2009 -- Scion announced today that it will be displaying its latest limited-production vehicle, the 2010 xB Release Series 7.0 (xB RS 7.0) in the Scion booth at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Dec. 2-13, 2009. The xB RS 7.0 will begin arriving in dealerships in December 2009.

The xB RS 7.0 comes fitted with a four-piece DAMD body kit including front and rear lower lips along with side skirts. The xB comes exclusively painted in a distinctive color appropriately named Murasaki, which means "purple" in Japanese.

One of the most distinctive features of the xB RS 7.0 is the TRD sport muffler that exits out the center of DAMD rear lip. The exhaust system features twin double-walled tips and is specifically designed in conjunction with the DAMD rear lip to give the xB a sporty appearance and a sound that can only be found on this particular Release Series. To complete the stylish exterior, the xB RS 7.0 is equipped with TRD lowering springs that bring the ride height down over an inch and offer sporty handling. A color-keyed rear spoiler will be available as an option.

The interior of the xB RS 7.0 features exclusive black fabric seats with color-tuned highlights that complement the car's exterior. The sides of the driver and front passenger lower seat cushions are embroidered with the "RS" logo. The driver is also treated to a leather-wrapped RAZO GT Formula Spec shift knob that delivers a sporty feel.

Only 2,000 units of the xB RS 7.0 will be built, and each vehicle comes with a unique, individually numbered stainless-steel badge. The xB RS 7.0 model will carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $18,320 with a manual transmission, and $19,270 with an automatic transmission. A limited supply of the available color-matched rear spoiler will be available to xB RS 7.0 owners and carries 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.

On December 2, visit the Release Series Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/scionreleaseseries and play the Murasaki racing game
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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what happens when a bunch of old people get together and try and market things to younger people... Its really sad, Scion had so much potential...
      • 5 Years Ago
      No matter how much you customize this car it still remains ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another special edition with a love it or hate it color. The car should be the stand out, not the paint.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The color is nice...the car is not. If it weren't for the title of this post, I would have thought it was the current xB. Especially for someone like me who isn't familiar with scions, there's hardly anything noticeably new on this car. The interior is horribly bland and sparse, with too much cheap plastic on the dash. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but rear legroom looks almost nonexistent, and the trunk capacity looks pitiful. To me, this is the most impractical 5-seat hatch back ever.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have a 2008 xB, and I'm quite fond of it. The leg room in the back is more than adequate. Most people I know that have been in my car are typically surprised by how much space is back there. Even when the front seats all the way back (which leaves me, at 5'11", unable to reach the pedals), tall people (6' +) sitting in back have room to spare. The trunk is also just fine. The materials also also fine, and the fit and finish are good. They don't compare to a luxury car, but for an economical hatch, they aren't trying to. I would certainly not describe it as impractical.

        As for the hate on the design that I read in copious amounts on this blog whenever a Scion post comes up, I'm always a bit perplexed. The design is polarizing, and it's meant to be. I'm quite fond of the design, frankly. Everyone has their own taste, and everyone is entitled to that. I don't think I have bad taste, nor do I think that someone that likes a car that I don't think is attractive has bad taste. I feel like the hate on this blog for various designs reaches unnecessary levels. Then again, it's the internet, so I shouldn't be surprised.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This scion will flop like 50 new album
      • 5 Years Ago
      The color would look good on other cars. Here I just see Barney.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think you guys are being a little harsh, it doesn't really look like that bad of a color.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Personally I think it's one of the better purple paint jobs I've seen on a car. I find it fitting for the image the xB expresses.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same here, I think it looks decent. And MUCH better than the green that they had previously.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That bodykit makes the car look dated already. I seem to remember seeing very similar front bumpers on many modified 2nd gen Eclipses. It didn't look good on them 8 years ago, and it doesn't look good now. Rest of the car still looks like a down-syndrome version of the original xb.
      • 5 Years Ago
      People still buy cars with hubcaps?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Only 2,000? Good. Maybe I'll never have to see one.
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