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(February 4, 2004)
Simplicity is important to Scion's target buyers, and the extensive standard specifications list was derived with this key objective in mind. Both the xA and xB are mono-spec vehicles. Customers make only a few key choices when purchasing their vehicle: model, transmission, color and accessories.
the muscular five-door xA and the sharp-edged xB are powered by a
1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing with
intelligence, or VVT-i, that produces 108 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and
105 lb-ft. of torque at 4,200 RPM. The xA offers exceptional fuel
economy with EPA estimates of 32 mpg in the city and 38 on the highway
for both manual and automatic transmissions.
xA and xB are offered at an attractive price position with standard
equipment that includes:
Standard safety equipment for both vehicles includes anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), driver- and front-passenger airbags, head restraints, a first-aid kit and three-point seatbelts in all five seating positions. xB also features Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC) and Brake Assist (BA) as standard equipment, while xA offers both side- and side-curtain airbags as the only factory option.
In addition to the host of standard equipment, consumers can choose from a wide array of approximately 40 custom accessories. These range from appearance enhancements, such as alloy wheels, carbon fiber appliqués, sport pedals, shift knobs and interior lighting kits to underhood items, such as cold air intake or a strut tower brace. Scion accessories are covered under the standard Scion limited warranty of three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has created a line-up of Scion performance parts that includes 18- or 19-inch wheels and tires, a lowering kit, performance clutch, strut tie bar and sport exhaust. For xB, TRD also offers a quick shift kit.
The xB Release Series 1.0 is the first limited edition for Scion and will offer unique appearance and performance enhancements.
All xB Release Series 1.0 vehicles will have a new, vibrant orange body color, Hot Lava, and a color-keyed rear spoiler. A matching orange powder-coated strut tie-bar brace will enhance handling performance on the xB, while a billet grille completes the xB Release Series' tuner look.
Approximately 2,100 units of the xB Release Series 1.0 will be available. Scion dealerships in California, the Gulf States, Southeast and East Coast will offer the xB Release Series 1.0 beginning in March.
In June, Scion will simultaneously complete the national rollout and launch its third vehicle. Like the xA and the xB, the Scion tC sports coupe will be offered in mono-spec trim with standard features that include a panorama glass moonroof, air conditioning, cruise control, a high-output Pioneer sound system, power windows, door locks and mirrors, and a driver's side knee airbag.
"Scion is not Toyota's sole youth strategy. However, it is a vital and important part of it," said Farley. "Scion is a laboratory for change and innovation that will continue to explore new ways to stay relevant and spark the interest of this new generation for many years to come. And finally, Scion will be imitated. Our competitors will quickly realize that the real risk is to do nothing."
Source: Toyota press release