Toyota has just unveiled the 2015 Scion xB, an updated version of its well-known boxy vehicle, that will start at $17,120 for the model equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission and at $18,070 for the version using the four-speed automatic gearbox. Pricing doesn’t include the $770 destination charge.
Under the hood, there is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder petrol engine producing 158 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. According to Scion, the 2015 xB is rated by EPA at 22 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway with both the manual and automatic transmissions.
The vehicle is offered as standard with 16-inch wheels and customers will be able to choose between three standard wheel covers with 5, 6 or 7 spokes. As an option, Scion offers 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there is a three-spoke steering wheel featuring audio controls right at the fingertips as well as power windows with driver side auto down and electric power steering and remote keyless entry.
In addition, the interior arrives with the Standard Display Audio system featuring a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming connectivity, HD Radio and USB connectivity. Scion offers the on-the-go connectivity and on-board navigation with the optional BeSpoke Audio system.
For the 2015MY, the Scion xB is available with the following colours: Black Sand Pearl, Nautical Blue Metallic, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Army Rock Metallic, Absolutely Red (a popular color this time of year), Classic Silver Metallic and Super White.
The latest iteration of the Scion xB was styled to be as distinctive as possible. To achieve this, the new xB borrows a number of exterior design cues from the Scion t2B concept vehicle that the brand unveiled at the 2005 New York International Auto Show.
For instance, the new xB features high beltline, pronounced fenders, as well as soft angles between its wide and flat paneling. It also features a rectangular grille, elongated headlamps wrapping around the side, inset taillights, and a single rear backup light on the left bumper. In addition, the new xB also features turn signals integrated into the side mirrors as well as tinted rear windows
Scion has acknowledge the fact that its customers love to drive, so it moved to increase the overall size of the xB to help attain a more exciting driving experience. This was achieved by making the new xB – compared to the previous model -- longer by a foot and wider by nearly three inches, and expanding its wheelbase by four inches. In addition, the new xB is lower than its predecessor by more than an inch.
Now, the new xB also rides on 16-inch steel wheels, which are larger than 15-inch rims of the previous generation. Three all-new standard wheel covers, as shared with the all-new xD, are also available. Braking power comes courtesy of larger brakes -- 10.83-inch ventilated discs on the front and 10.98-inch disc brakes at the rear. These discs are two inches bigger than those featured in than the previous generation of the xB. The new xB offers a smooth ride as made possible by its McPherson strut front and rear torsion beam suspension.
Inside, the new xB features a lounge-like cabin that meets the lifestyle and comfort demands of occupants. The new xB also offers around 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is around eight cubic feet roomier than on its predecessor.
In addition, the new xB comes with 60/40 split rear seats that could fold flat to pave way for a spacious and flat cargo floor, resulting to easier hauling of loads into the vehicle. Moreover, the front seats could be fully reclined to increase the cargo space or to offer more comfort to their occupants.