When Toyota first showed the Urban Cruiser at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show it was immediately familiar to American observers. It was after all the same car sold here as the Scion xD but given the "Outback" treatment. In other words, the ride height was raised and drive to the rear axle was added. In spite of having all wheel drive, calling this car an SUV, even an urban one, is something of a stretch for To
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) did its worst to the new Scion xD, and after performing both the frontal offset test and a side impact test with the standard front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat torso airbags, the xD came away with ratings from "good" to "average."
When Toyota unveiled the second generation of their original entry-level Scion lineup at the Chicago Auto Show in February, the xB grew into a substantially larger vehicle and the xA was effectively replaced by the new xD. The overall dimensions of the xD remain close to the xA but the wheelbase is longer by 3.6 inches and weight is up by 300lbs.
When Toyota's youth brand was born, there was an unwritten rule that it wouldn't grow beyond three models. Years later, Scion is an unqualified success having sold 170,000 units of the xA, xB and tC last year, which has Toyota execs wondering if just a few more units could be sold with a fourth model. The Car Connection got Scion's corporate manager Steve Haag to admit his brand does need to expand. Haag told TCC, "We have to offer more products, (though) we want to remain small."