2008 Scion xB

2008 Scion xB

2008 Scion xB

The xB is Scion’s boxy multi-purpose wagon and one of the two models that launched Scion as an all-new brand for Toyota. Scion is geared towards the youth market, offering highly customizable vehicles with generous standard equipment for a value-oriented price. Unveiled at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show, the all-new 2008 xB is bigger in size but retains its distinct box-like styling. The wheelbase has increased by four inches, the overall length is a foot longer, the overall width is almost three inches wider but the height is more than an inch shorter. The interior features 60/40 split rear seats that fold flat and the front seats fully recline for increased cargo space.

The 2008 Scion xB receives a huge power upgrade over its predecessor with a 158-horsepower 2.4-liter dual overhead cam four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing—the same engine found in the tC coupe. The engine delivers 162 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm and it can be mated to a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic with sequential shifting. Another upgrade over the previous generation, the xB now rides on 16-inch steel wheels with larger brakes for more stopping power. The interior offers a number of storage units, a driver’s right armrest has been added and the audio system has been upgraded to include standard rear head unit outputs to allow external amps to boost power to the front and rear speakers and subwoofers.

The redesigned xB is wider and longer. The new 2.4-liter four-cylinder has more power, but worse fuel economy. The ride has improved and handling is responsive. The gauges are still centered on the dash. The rear seat is enormous and the cargo area is large. Visibility is impaired by low windows and thick roof pillars. Curtain air bags and ESC are standard.

STANDARD FEATURES

• 60/40-split, fold flat rear seat
• Air conditioning
• Auxiliary audio input and iPod jacks
• Auto-shift door lock (A/T models)
• Cargo area under-floor storage
• Center console
• Choice of three wheel cover designs
• Chrome exhaust tip
• Cruise control
• Cup holders
• Deep orange instrument panel illumination
• Digital clock and speedometer
• Driver and front passenger dual stage airbags SRS
• Driver and front passenger sunvisor with mirror
• Driver’s seat mounted armrest
• Driver’s seat with adjustable height
• First-aid kit
• Four-wheel anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist
• Front seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags
• Front sport bucket seats with fabric upholstery
• Headrests and three-point seatbelts in all five seating positions
• Intermittent front wiper
• Multi-reflector halogen headlamps with projector lamp for low beams
• Multi-information display
• Pioneer 160-watt maximum power AM/FM/CD head unit (MP3/WMA and satellite-tuner capable) with iPod compatibility, six speakers, Scion Sound Processing, a user-customizable welcome screen, and Sound Retouch digital equalization for clearer MP3/WMA-CD sound
• Power door locks, outside mirrors and windows with one-touch auto down on driver’s side
• Rear privacy glass
• Rear window defogger
• Rear wiper
• Remote keyless entry
• Roof mounted antenna
• Side mirrors with turn indicators
• Storage tray under rear seat
• Tachometer and trip meter
• Tilt steering wheel with audio controls
• Tire pressure monitor system
• Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control

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