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The 2012 Scion xB will begin rolling into dealerships next month, and while there's not much in the way of upgrades to the exterior, interior or powertrain, two new stereo options are included in the boxy package.

The standard xB's Pioneer head unit is now equipped with HD Radio, allowing stations to broadcast multiple audio feeds over one frequency. If nothing's playing to suit your tastes, standard Bluetooth audio streaming is included in the package, along with hands-free phone connectivity and USB audio support for iPods, iPhones and other MP3 players.

If you opt for the new 200-watt Pioneer Premium audio system, the standard OEL screen is replaced with a 5.8-inch LCD touchscreen equipped with iTunes tagging and the ability to stream Pandora internet radio directly from your iPhone.

Pricing for the 2012 xB is set at $16,300 for the five-speed manual version and $17,250 for the four-speed automatic (not including the $720 destination fee) – an increase of $300 for the manual model and $300 for the automatic. Full details in the press blast after the break.
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Scion Announces Pricing for 2012 xB with Standard Bluetooth and HD Radio Technology
  • xB Comes Standard with Bluetooth® Hands-Free and HD Radio™ Technology
  • Available Premium Audio System with 5.8-inch Touch Screen Display and Pandora® Internet Radio

June 28, 2011 – Torrance, Calif. - Scion announced today that its iconic xB urban utility vehicle will come standard with Bluetooth® hands-free and Bluetooth® streaming audio, and HD Radio™ technology, for the 2012 model year.

The xB truly focuses on youth with its all-new standard AM/FM/CD/HD/USB 160-watt maximum output Pioneer™ audio system. New standard features for 2012 include HD Radio™ technology and Bluetooth® connectivity that allows both hands-free phone connection and streaming audio capability. Streaming audio allows compatible phone or personal media devices to pair with the audio system and listen to music through the vehicles sound system. The audio system also features an organic electroluminescent (OEL) screen with a personalized welcome screen, iPod®/USB connectivity, Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR), and a subwoofer RCA output. The USB port and universal auxiliary (AUX) port that are located on the center console allow users to listen to their portable music collection through the xB's six Pioneer speakers.

Connectivity is achieved by simply plugging the portable music player, including iPod® and iPhone®, into the USB or AUX port. The head unit's screen displays track number, track name and artist information from select USB units. The audio system provides outstanding sound quality through the car's stereo system and constant power to select iPods®. Music is controlled through the head unit and the steering wheel audio control buttons for radio, CD and certain USB devices. iPod® users can also use an alphabetical speed search to find a specific artist or album.

The ASR function restores a wide, deep and rich quality to MP3/WMA/AAC sound. Through the subwoofer RCA output, xB owners can add an external amp to drive one or more subwoofers. For easy operation, the system's multi selector allows for easy control of the head unit. Unique to the standard Pioneer audio system is the customizable welcome screen that also lets users to create a personal message of up to 16 characters.

The optional 200-watt maximum Pioneer™ Premium audio system has the same features as the standard Pioneer audio, but is enhanced with a 5.8-inch LCD touch-screen display, features iTunes® tagging and Pandora® internet radio connected through iPhone® and six RCA outputs to add external amplifiers.

Both the standard and premium head units retain key Scion audio system features such as Scion Sound Processing® (SSP) where listeners can choose from three pre-set equalizer settings, satellite radio compatibility and MP3 and WMA capability. In addition both units adjust the volume control based on driving speed. The sound systems feature six speakers: a tweeter and a speaker in each front door panel, plus two full-range speakers in the rear.

Boxy Design
The second generation xB stands aggressively with pronounced fenders. Elongated headlamps that wrap around the side of the vehicle and a rectangular grille provide the xB's assertive fascia. Soft angles between wide and flat paneling and a high beltline create the iconic boxy profile.

Performance and Handling
The 2012 xB features a 2.4-liter dual overhead-cam four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), produces 158 horsepower and is rated California Level II Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II). The xB has estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 22 city/28 highway for both the five-speed manual transmission and the four-speed automatic with sequential shifting.

The xB features 16-inch steel wheels and customers have the choice between three standard wheel covers. The xB stops with 10.83-inch ventilated discs in the front and 10.98-inch disc brakes in the rear and has a front MacPherson strut and rear torsion beam suspension.

Interior Design
The xB's roomy interior offers utility with 21.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats, versatile 60/40 split fold flat rear seats for additional space and a flat cargo floor to meet the needs of consumers' active lifestyles. For interior storage the xB offers a driver's convenience tray, a glove box, a console box and front door storage. Beneath the rear seats a fixed tray provides for hidden storage and can accommodate small items like magazines, cameras, laptops, cell phone chargers and CDs.

A series of sleek circular gauges, including the speedometer and deep orange multi-information display, sit centered on the metal-tone accented dash. Upon starting the engine, "xB" flashes on the multi-information display before the driver can toggle through the clock, outside temperature, instantaneous MPG, average MPG, distance to empty, trip timer, or the average speed.

Mono-spec Features
All Scion vehicles are mono-spec so customers only need to choose exterior color and transmission type. The xB comes with a generous list of standard features including power steering, windows, door locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; air conditioning; cruise control; four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA); driver and front passenger dual stage airbags; front seat-mounted side airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags; Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC); Smart Stop Technology; first-aid kit; and tilt steering wheel with audio controls.

The 2012 xB will arrive at dealerships this July and will carry a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $16,300 and $17,250 for the five-speed manual and the four-speed sequential shift automatic transmissions respectively. MSRPs do not include a delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $720. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Bruce Lee
      • 3 Years Ago
      I find it pretty bizarre that no other car seems to come standard with HD radio. Too bad it's still using the rather ancient 4-speed, this powertrain is straight out of 2002 (the 2002 Camry to be specific)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now you can listen to ads for 'livingsocial' nonstop to and from your way to work!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Woohoo 4 speed autos! Time to cruise around like it's 1999!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Scion? Thats like the toyota for poor people right?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Toyota for the old people who can't afford a Lexus.
      • 3 Years Ago
      does this make the xB Pandoras Box? get it????
      • 3 Years Ago
      So you can stream Pandora to your phone if you opt for the upgraded stereo? .... well who gives a crap? You can do that already and its 100% free and you don't just need an iPhone to do it. Talk about a non-issue. Fine, I could maybe see someone wanting the higher-spec stereo for the loudness/sound quality but even mentioning the Pandora streaming thing is the a joke.
        • 3 Years Ago
        it streams pandora radio to your car head unit, thus enabling you to listen to pandora over your car speakers, get it?
          • 3 Years Ago
          No, I don't get it because I have been doing that for years now already. Nothing new here, and yet they are making it sound like its some amazing new ability and that you just "have to" upgrade to that higher-end stereo to achieve this ability.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I have an xB and I would consider getting a 2012 model solely for the Pandora-enabled unit. Go ride your bike.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Watch how fast you blow through a 2gb data cap when streaming Pandora all day. I go through about 40-50mb per hour on Slacker with standard quality. You'll hit your cap listening for a few hours a day....
        • 3 Years Ago
        How many people are in their cars all day? I'm not.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I stream my own music from my home server to my phone and with a ~1/2 hour commute I am getting around 3GBs in a month. Data caps are a goddamn joke. Just as smartphones FINALLY got powerful enough and connection speeds got fast enough to let us find a use for all that bandwidth, all of a sudden the carriers put the kibosh on those plans with data caps. While I am on unlimited now (and will get grandfathered in), I find the cell phone carriers in the US to be a bunch of thieves. We pay some of the highest prices for the slowest and worst-supported network in the industrialized world.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How is this going to work when all the cell carriers are going to capped data plans?
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's not a problem for people willing to pay for the bandwidth.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I use Jango no annoying commercials
      Darnell Robeson
      • 3 Years Ago
      who cares?!! Lol...the xB is sssoooo not interesting anymore...or special...or..dare I call it cute...or even stand-outtish in a parking lot...gimmicks arent gonna work Scion, it needs a redesign and a downsizing
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Darnell Robeson
        I have an xB and I'd like it to be just a bit larger. Toyota never downsizes its models.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have to imagine this will be available in the other Scion models as well; at least I would hope so.
      Robert Russ
      • 3 Years Ago
      they should have never gone bigger in this economy where people dont wanna pay alot for gas.. fuel economy is the way of the future... what happened to DARE TO BE DIFFERENT... oh yeah you saw a way to catch a new crowd, and yeah it flopped...
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