It was the car that put “box” in “econobox” and now it has received a mild facelift. The 2008 Scion xB still has the same square proportions as its predecessor, but it appears to have moved ever so slightly upscale. By some accounts, it looks like a shoebox on wheels, and perhaps that is a large part of its appeal. After all, what shape is more efficient in terms of cargo space than that of a square.
The Scion xB “urban ulitity vehicle”, as that moniker suggests, was never meant to tackle the rugged outdoors. Instead, it is supposed to be infinitely useful for us city-dwellers driving on those paved roads. The new xB is larger, responding to requests from customers for a “bigger box.” Even so, it has “soft angles”, “elongated headlamps”, and “pronounced fenders.” The single backup light on the left bumper is an interesting touch.
Riding on 16-inch steel wheels and stopped by four-wheel disc brakes, the 2008 Scion xB should be available before year’s end.
2008 SCION xB PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
Overall length: 167.3
Overall width: 69.3
Overall height: 62.6
Engine Type: 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve EFI with VVT-i
Bore and Stroke: 3.48 x 3.78 inches
Displacement: 2,362 cc
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Horsepower: 158 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 162 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Wheel Size: 16 x 6.5 inches
Tire Size: P205/55 R16