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Scion Stages World Premier Of All-New 2008 xD At 2007 Chicago Auto Show
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02/08/2007 Chicago
February 8, 2007 – Chicago - Scion, from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., revealed the all-new 2008 xD five-door subcompact at a press conference today at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show.

"The xD is a clever new take on the five-door urban subcompact, with style and flair to match its efficiency and utility," said Mark Templin, Scion vice president. "The xD's aggressive styling is wrapped in a small, agile package, while its interior offers impressive details and a spacious cabin."

New Scion Style

The xD's futuristic exterior characterizes it as a Scion with its simple surfaces and sharp lines that flow from front to rear. Its urban personality is communicated by its wide stance, thick muscular body, accentuated wheel flares and large tires. Other styling cues that set the xD apart include a long and narrow back window, and the Scion family traits—horizontal headlamps, an integrated rectangular lower and upper grille, and turn signals built into the side mirrors.

Good Handling

Engineers designed the xD with a short, wide frame in mind for better handling and comfort. In addition, the xD features an L-arm type MacPherson strut in the front and torsion beam suspension in the rear for increased stability and a pleasing ride.
The xD's powerful stance sits on 16-inch steel wheels and 195/60 R16 tires. Customers will be able to choose from three all-new standard wheel covers which will also be shared with the all-new xB. The xD features front ventilated disc and rear drum brakes.

Clean and Modern Interior

Designers focused on a clean, comfortable and futuristic interior style. The simple dash features an instrument panel located directly in front of the driver while the center cluster—digital clock and HVAC and audio controls—flows down the center. The xD's unique, radar-like speedometer and tachometer have been consolidated into one circular gauge centered on the instrument panel. Indicator lamps, LCD fuel gauge and odometer flank the centralized gauge.

The xD features front bucket seats and 60/40 fold flat rear seats for a level cargo space. The rear seats were designed for comfort and utility as they can slide forward and back up to six inches for additional leg room and cargo area. In addition, they can recline ten degrees and be adjusted into five different positions.

Storage and cargo space is aplenty in the xD. Up front, the xD has a storage tray located beneath the steering wheel, a small box in the front of the center console for holding portable music players or cell phones, an upper and lower glove box, and driver's side change box. A hidden storage space is located below the rear cargo area.

Upgraded Audio System

The xD's standard 160-watt maximum output Pioneer audio system is focused on youth lifestyle as it features iPod connectivity and a mini-jack port located beneath the HVAC controls for easy access. This standard head unit integrates track, artist and album information from the iPod into a one-line display on the head unit's screen. Connectivity is achieved by simply plugging the iPod into a port via a connector cable, providing outstanding sound quality through the car's stereo system and constant power to the iPod. Music is controlled through the head unit and the steering wheel audio control buttons. The mini-jack port allows users to listen to their portable music collection through the xD's Pioneer speakers.
Since many Scion customers add in-car entertainment systems to their vehicle, the xD will come standard with rear head unit outputs allowing for the addition of external amps to boost power to the front and rear speakers, and subwoofers. All head unit features remain unchanged if this feature is used.

The xD's optional premium audio system adds one more feature to the standard head unit, the ability to download "skins" to play on the LCD faceplate. Customers can download images, four-second video clips and eight-second movies from Pioneer's website. In addition, Pioneer software allows customers to burn their own images and movies onto a CD and upload them onto the available head unit.

Both the standard and premium head units retain key Scion audio system features such as Scion Sound Processing (SSP) where listeners can choose from three pre-set equalizer settings, satellite radio compatibility, a user-customizable welcome screen, MP3 and WMA capability, Automatic Sound Leveling (ASL) and Sound Retouch Technology (SRT), which provides clearer CD sound quality. Both systems will also feature six speakers: two tweeters and speakers in each door panel.

Driving Performance

The xD is powered by the lively 1.8 L four-cylinder engine with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that puts out 128 horsepower. Customers have the choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission. This 2ZR-FE engine features a roller rocker system and light weight piston for better fuel economy and a piston cooling oil jet for better efficiency.

Standard Features

The xD comes mono spec like all Scion vehicles. Customers need to choose exterior color and transmission type, while the only factory option is Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC). The xD comes with generous and upscale standard features including power steering, windows, door locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; air conditioning; four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA); driver and front passenger dual stage airbags; front seat-mounted side airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags; first-aid kit; a tire pressure monitor system and tilt steering wheel with audio controls.
All Scion models come with complimentary factory-recommended maintenance services at the first 5,000 mile and 10,000 mile intervals, to be performed by an authorized Scion or Toyota dealership.

Color Palette

The xD will have high-quality dark charcoal interior fabric and will be available in six exterior colors, Super White, Silver Streak Mica, Black Sand Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Barcelona Red Metallic and Nautical Blue Metallic.

Warranty

All Scion models feature a 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle limited
warranty that applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items.

Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation.

2008 SCION xD PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS


DIMENSIONS (inches)

Overall length: 154.7
Overall width: 67.9
Overall height: 60.0
Wheelbase: 96.9

ENGINE

Type: 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve EFI with VVT-i
Bore and Stroke: 3.17 x 3.48 inches
Displacement: 1,798 cc
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Horsepower: 128 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 125 lb.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm

TIRES AND WHEELS
Wheel Size: 16 x 6 inches
Tire Size: 195/60 R16









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I Like the version with the skirt kit but IMO it looks like Toyota took a LOT of design cues from Nissan's Versa model.

Don't get me wrong, I really like the new xD it just seems as though the market is getting closer and closer.

This is the coupe concept but look at the design.......




Here's the hatch.....


vs the xD

 

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I was at my local Toyota/Scion dealership last Saturday (Lakeland Toyota, in Lakeland, FL). I had my alternator belt warrantied. It was chirping, glazed. No big deal. While I was waiting, I figured I would check out the new cars in the lot. I was approuched by a salesperson...a nice young man. He stated this was only his second day on the job. I asked him when would the Scion Xd be available. He said he didn't know, but would find out for me. I followed him into the Toyota showroom. He stood by the manager's counter waiting for a manager to look his way so that he may ask him a question. Finally the manager looked at him and said in a very loud annoying voice, "WHAT!". Then the saleman asked, "Do you know when the Scion Xd will be available?" The Manager said, "There is no such a thing." The salesman turned around and said, "I guess they aren't making them." I said, "Yes, they are making them. That guy doesn't know what he is talking about. They are already in magazines, and on the internet." The salesman said, "You would think since that guy is the manager, he would know that." I just laughed, and said, "Yeah, he doesn't know his product very well." This blew my mind. How could the manager of a Toyota/Scion sales department not know that a new product will be available later on in the year. The sales manager's first name is William. What a jerk he is.
 

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^^Yeah dealers or sales people don't know it all! I had a similar situation where a customer asked about the 08 Highlander and he wanted to see some pictures and the sales people were like there are no pictures. I had to interupt and say there are on the internet. The sales people were like it the internet line so I was like, no there are official pictures and press release by Toyota, but they were dumbfounded.
I guess in those situations just leave it. If you know from a credible source like Toyota corporate then I guess you have the power of knoledge and you can maybe teach them.:lol: :thumbup:
 

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Some dealers just don't take the initiative to learn. I've known about the 08's (xB, xD and h/lander) for quite some time now.

Some people I guess.........hmmph
 

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I Like the version with the skirt kit but IMO it looks like Toyota took a LOT of design cues from Nissan's Versa model.

Don't get me wrong, I really like the new xD it just seems as though the market is getting closer and closer.

This is the coupe concept but look at the design.......




Here's the hatch.....


vs the xD

IMO the two don't look alike at all. Guess aesthetics is ultimately a subjective thing. One thing for sure is that Nissan wimped out on the Versa, compared to the concept which is too sexy.

Funny thing is at first few glances I thought the xD is ugly as sin. Now after seeing the customized version with the wheels and the bodykit, I think it looks fantastic!!

My only gripe is that Toyota's not bringing the Scion brand over to Canada. What a bunch of morons (the marketing department).
 

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The most attractive thing about the Scion line has been the price. Early reports show a starting msrp around $15k. If I have to plunk down that amount I will look more toward a stripped down Camry. I hope that the bean counters get a head check and don't blow this rejuvinated market segment of inexpensive quality vehicles.
 

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This is true, but i believe that a stripped Camry is a better value than a loaded xD (look it has led lights inside, whooo!) and a $3k diff between base models would send me to the Camry. Not olnly that but how close would an xD be to a Corolla in price (the market would overlap but I see a sizable amount of middle age to elderly people driving Scions not because of the looks
but because it is a reasonable priced vehicle from a company with a reputation for quality, the form follows function crowd and that is something the American market has been missing for sometime)

I guess the point I'm trying to make by blathering on is that when you don't have clearly defined market concepts, it eventually hurts the market. i like the Scion concept, it fills a void that has been missing and I would hate to see it damaged because of corporate "greed". there are plenty of examples of vehicles that didn't make it because the corp. overestimated the market value of the car ($25k ford probe didn't last long, $16K Corolla best selling car in the world, one of at least)
 

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I bought an XD for my granddaughter last year and after driving it a few times I felt that it had all that a person could actually need in a car so with my ten year old Ford van getting unreliable I got an XD for me this year. So far I like everything about it except the sun visors. The wife has a sienna and of course it does have a much better ride and more horsepower but none of that is really necessary.
 
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