Scion at the 2011 SEMA Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 28, 2011

We don’t have to wait for the SEMA Show in Las Vegas next week to see what Scion has prepared. It has debuted seven cars in Los Angeles last Wednesday. This early, there are already favorites. One of which is the iQ MR by fabricator John Kuchta of Specialty Cars in Fullerton, Calif. He got an ordinary Scion iQ and took out its stock 1.3-liter four and its continuously variable transmission.

He then fitted it with a 1.5-liter four with a manual transmission. It’s interesting that both are mounted in the back. Toyota’s young consumers will surely like this rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicle with a lively manual transmission instead of the CVT.

There’s still a question though of how to start the engine but we’ll leave that up to Scion to resolve. Meanwhile, the EVS iQ RS appears ready to participate in the World Rally Championship as it has been given an immense aero package that was seamlessly integrated to a body that has swoopy fender wells draped around a race-ready chassis.

The iQ RX is a micro-compact car but its MVDesignz Matte Black trim makes it look very sinister. The car gets a new shape with the help of a well-integrated Veilside Premier body. Nitrous Express fed the engine while the ride height was handled by an Air Runner system. These three will compete in the Scion Tuner Challenge. The winner will be revealed on Nov. 2.

In a separate matter, Cartel's Pit Boss will be used as a pit car at Scion's drifting events all through next year. The onboard AccuAir system could raise or lower the speedster body. No less than Steph Papadakis will cruise in it next year.

Art enthusiasts will like the blue-and-yellow Numeric Scion xB by snowboarding-apparel maker 686 and Scion Racing. Gruppe-S has assembled a Nissan GT-R drift car so this Scion tC may fall short but it’s cool nevertheless.

It comes with a GReddy turbo kit, KW three-way race coil-overs and it shreds Hankook 245/40s at the rate of one set in two runs. There’s also the Project Anarchy Scion xB by SR Auto Group, which has a distinctive header on the front end of the engine block and has a military-gray exterior paint job.

Scion has taken the veil off the new xB urban utility vehicle during a press conference at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. Scion launched the 2004 xB in early 2003, and the vehicle’s boxy shape has become an icon of the Scion brand. Styled with a prime consideration for uniqueness, the Scion xB model represents a new generation of the urban utility vehicle, adopting a number of design elements from the t2B concept unveiled at the 2005 New York International Auto Show.

These elements include the soft angles between the vehicle’s rectangular grille as flanked by wide and elongated headlamps wrapping around its sides. Other design elements borrowed from the t2B concept include pronounced fenders, inset taillights and single rear backup light on the left bumper. In addition, the new xB is specified with tinted rear windows and turn signals integrated into the side mirrors.

Compared to its predecessor, the new xB is around a foot longer, nearly three inches wider, and over an inch lower. Its wheelbase has also been extended by four inches. Since the new generation xB is larger than the previous model, it offers more cabin room and comfort.

Mark Templin, Scion vice president, quipped that Scion is the most hard-wire-connected to vehicle owners in the auto industry. He noted that owners have demanded a bigger box from Scion, and the brand responded by offering a bigger and better xB.

Topics: scion, sema show

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