According to Scion vice president Doug Murtha, the xB will be killed off by the end of 2016. However, it will be sold as a 2017 model as long as it’s available from stock. This boxy hatchback first arrived in 2003 and later underwent a redesign in 2008, though it never managed to repeat the success of the original model. Most of its cube-shaped competition, such as the Nissan Cube, has been discontinued in the meantime. Apart from its avant-garde styling, the xB has been known for excellent fuel economy and strong resale value. Unfortunately, it can’t keep up with some of the newer compact crossovers when it comes to performance and ride quality. Expect the 2017 Scion xB to go on sale virtually identical to the 2016 model. The only difference is a price discount that will be offered by the Japanese company.
2017 Scion xB Design
As mentioned, the xB boasts a unique exterior design that attracts attention on any road. With its low stance and squared off shape, it actually looks more like a low-rider wagon than a crossover SUV. Compared to the first-generation model, the redesigned xB features a much less edgy appearance. As a result, it seems like a softer version of its predecessor that managed to attract quite a large fan base. On the other hand, the interior is less fashionable than the sheet metal. It feels rather outdated, with a cluttered instrument panel and cheap-looking plastic. The good thing is that it offers plenty of headroom and legroom due to its tall roof and boxy design.
2017 Scion xB Equipment
The 2017 Scion xB will once again be offered with only one trim level. However, it comes pretty well-equipped with a bevy of high-end features. The list of standard amenities includes cruise control, keyless entry, power windows and mirrors, as well as the Display Audio system which offers streaming Bluetooth and aux/USB ports. As for the safety systems, the xB comes standard with anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control and numerous airbags.
2017 Scion xB Engine Specifications and Price
The 2017 Scion xB will use the same engine that has been around since the second-generation model was introduced. The 2.4-liter inline-4 makes 158 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, running on regular unleaded gasoline. Buyers can choose between a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission.
While the current model starts at just under $18,000, the 2017 Scion xB is expected to go on sale with certain price discounts.