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Scion xB, Wagon
Jul 19, 2005 (4:48 pm)
A salesman told me the 2006 xA and xB were not expected for two months. I don't remember if that applied to the tC. Here are the 2006 changes:
Significant Exterior Changes
1 Upper/Lower Grille - Honeycomb inserts (like TC); Rectangular, more aggressive
2 Lower Intake - More aggressive design
3 Headlamps - Detail changes; "eyebrow" added
4 Rocker Panel - Color-keyed; more refined
5 Turn Signals - tC type signal in outside mirror
6 Tail Lamps - Re-design emphasizing width
7 Lower Bumper - Color-keyed; improved integration
8 Wheel Covers - 3 new wheel covers (now all shared w/ xB)
Noticeable Interior Changes
1 Seat Fabric - Freshen appearance
2 Steering Wheel - New steering wheel with audio controls
3 Meters - Background changed from white to silver on speedometer
4 iPOD/Mini-jack - iPOD and mini-jack connectors added to center console
5 Audio Head Unit - New design to be shared on all 3 Scions
2 New Exterior Colors
1 Added 1EO, Flint Mica and 3Q3, Salsa Red
2 Dropped 1E3, Phantom Gray Pearl and 3P2, Black Cherry Pearl
1 3 new wheel covers (shared with xA)
2 iPOD/Mini-jack connectors on center console
3 New audio head unit design
2 New Exterior Colors Effective December 2005
3 Added 3Q3, Salsa Red Pearl and 1F4, Shadow Mica
4 Dropped 6M7, Camouflage Metallic and 3P2, Black Cherry Pearl
1 Steering wheel audio controls
2 New audio head unit design (shared w/ xA & xB)
3 iPOD/Mini-jack connectors (inside center console)
2 New Exterior Colors
5 Added 1F7, Classic Silver Metallic and 8S6, Nautical Blue
4 Dropped 1E7, Silver Streak Mica and 8P4, Indigo Ink Pearl
Jul 19, 2005 (5:10 pm)
"...4 Dropped 6M7, Camouflage Metallic and 3P2, Black Cherry Pearl..."
This is good news. Chose the Camo because I expected it to be one of the least favorite colors. Come to find out, there is another in my small; one I see on a semi-regular basis a bit north; and one on the dealers lot.
Got so tired of seeing my Taurus/Sable in tan metalic at every corner
Crooked Chris Camo
#1208 of 1370 Re: 2006 Models [aatherton]
Jul 21, 2005 (1:38 pm)
No cruise control?
#1209 of 1370 xA Release 1.0 sighted
Jul 25, 2005 (9:28 am)
I have been thinking about Scions since my brother in law's wife got a xA with automatic last winter. She likes sporty cars, the lease on her Acura RS was up, and she had leased a Prius but as soon as it arrived, she decided it was too big inside. She saw the xA in the showroom and the dealer was glad to let her switch cars. The brother in law said he wished she had gotten the xB which he liked better.
She let me drive her xA last winter, and it was roomy and the automatic was quick enough. I began following the Scion forums, visiting dealers, and downloaded the brochures. The other day I test drove a white xA with manual, and liked the manual a lot.
Today the brother in law's wife came to visit with her xA again, and this time I knew enough to see it was unusual. There were a lot of odd things, like the red color, the single bar grill, the sunroof, the spoiler with brake light, the red accents in the seats, and the thin flat tires Under the dashboard I found a sticker that said Release 1.0, number 12XX of 1550. Wow. She had no idea what it meant.
She and I are almost 63, and her husband who liked the xB better is 65. Hey -- what age are these Scions supposed to be for, anyway?
#1210 of 1370 Re: xA Release 1.0 sighted [aatherton]
Jul 26, 2005 (7:44 am)
I am mid 50's and like cars like this too. I think this is typical, because we grew up with the first wave of quirky British-Italian-French imports, not to mention cars like the Corvair etc. I think the xB is much more a descendant of the original Mini than the current MINI. It thinks outside the box, by being a box! Meanwhile the people more post 1960 grew up on trucks and sport-utes. You almost have to be very young or very old to enjoy the new cars coming out (Element, xB, PT Cruiser etc.). Otherwise you get a truck, SUV, Camry, or Corolla - all bland vehicles.
Jul 26, 2005 (10:13 am)
Been looking at the sunroof in the xA Release 1.0 vs the sunroofs installed by the dealer on several xAs and xBs.
The factory installed sunroof is flush with the roof finish, with no surrounding protruding black plastic flange. Inside it has no elaborate plastic flange, either.
The dealer installed sunroofs are like the aftermarket sunroof in our 1992 Buick. It's a high quality item, but still, a hole had to be cut in top of the car and then trimmed out. Our sunroof's exterior flange makes an obvious rustle at highway speed, not completely muted by sliding the inside cover closed.
#1212 of 1370 xB like the old days
Jul 26, 2005 (4:57 pm)
"...we grew up with the first wave of quirky British-Italian-French imports..."
When I first drove, my city had dealers for Citroen, Renault, Peugeot. My boy friend's mother had a Borgward Isabella wagon (a gem), my girl friend's father had a Citroen DS-21 (far advanced). I had a Renault Dauphine (not so good) and a Saab 96 (2-stroke). My college roommate had a MG Mini. And BMW Isettas and Fiat 600s were around. My girlfriend brought the first BMW to this city, a BMW 1600 she drove from California. The xB takes us back to those days of practical experimentation and good solutions.
#1213 of 1370 Re: xB like the old days [aatherton]
Jul 26, 2005 (8:25 pm)
Just a minor correction - there never was an MG Mini. There were Austin Minis (I had 2 - one a Mini Cooper), Riley and Morris Minis, but no MG. There were MG Midgets and MG 1100s however.
Jul 27, 2005 (10:55 am)
I noticed that the HP dropped to 103 for the 2006 model according to edmunds.
#1215 of 1370 Re: HP drop [tundradude]
Jul 27, 2005 (11:01 am)
Interesting, if true. The 2006 Echo HB has a drop in TORQUE to 103 lb-ft from 105, but hp remains at 108.