Scion xD Origins
Toyota spotted a need in the North American market for a car company devoted to the younger, professional, tech-savvy generation. The upstart Scion brand also gives clients a never-before-seen number of options for customizing their cars. Thanks to this new attitude in automotive sales, Scion is enjoying a successful beginning.
Among the various models offered by Scion, the xD series is a popular choice. It was released for sales in the U.S. in 2008 and quickly earned a respectable reputation among industry experts and the car’s first owners.About the Scion xD
Like most offerings from Scion, the xD provides Toyota-quality mechanics, a unique and attractive body style, and a decent powertrain for the car’s size. The xD was released to replace Scion’s xA model. The xA didn’t catch on with consumers to the degree that Scion had hoped for, and the company chose to scrap the car and created the somewhat similar xD model. This hatchback has become popular thanks to its solid performance and unique appearance.
Like other models from Scion, buyers have come to expect plenty of standard features that most other carmakers only offer as options. On the other hand, the xD does not have a whole slew of factory extras available. With the xD, buyers can also choose to ask about dealership-installed options. Those options typically involve upgrading or adding to the factory-standard audio equipment, Bluetooth capabilities, and iPod docking station. Satellite radio and other entertainment extras are offered as well. These available features are all rooted in Scion’s dedication to its younger client base. Scion xD Features
For the 2012 model year, Scion released a new xD model. The new xD is similar to its earlier incarnations, but has additional technological options. The car retains its four-door, hatchback body style and is offered in two trim levels: the base and the Release Series 4.0.
The base trim level of the xD is equipped with an impressive audio system that includes Bluetooth phone capabilities, streaming audio, and a six-speaker Pioneer sound system with a CD player. This model features 16-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, and air-conditioning. The buyer has the option of looking over the dealer-installed options as well.
The 4.0 Series Release model of the xD adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, and a choice of either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. It's also worth nothing that, due to limited release, Scion has opted to only offer the 4.0 Series Release in its Blizzard Pearl, an off-white color. The interior is designed to match the unique exterior color, and the steering wheel, console, and door panels all match. This car also features unique upholstery with white stitching to complete the look. Interested buyers should know that Scion is releasing only 800 of this particular model. Scion xD Evolution
Scion first offered the xD series in 2008. There hasn’t been a great deal of change since the car’s introduction, with the exception of additional technological gadgets and capabilities thrown into the mix. These cars go a long way in ensuring its owners are fully ready for the modern world with plenty of entertainment and information amenities available.
The past versions of the xD have a unique body style with the hood and front end having a rather snub-nosed appearance. Under the hood, the early xD included a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder motor. While there is no alternate engine choice available, buyers can choose between the standard five-speed manual or the optional four-speed automatic transmission. Together, the powertrain for the xD is more than adequate for the car’s size and performance needs.
Scion equipped the xD with plenty of standards, such as full-power accessories, keyless entry, and air-conditioning. These cars have cruise control functions and anti-lock brakes as well. The dealer-installed options include more than 40 choices, such as a larger braking system, bigger tires and wheels, and a carbon-fiber engine.