Scheduled to hit dealer showrooms in February as Scion’s first limited-production vehicle, we’ve tried to remain positive but we have to be completely honest here and admit that we see absolutely no appeal to the vehicle pictured above (and below). Although we wouldn’t go so far as to suggest the 2009 Scion xB Release Series 6.0 be killed with fire (yet, we’ll reserve final judgement until after the live reveal), we aren’t exactly in love with the rounded, cartoonish design. What’s more, since there was no mention of it in the press release and given what we know about limited-release vehicles, we assume that wheel options are limited to what’s pictured, and that alone is enough to politely request Scion to remove Release Series 6.0 the from Cobo Hall.
Full gallery and press release after the jump
Scion Announces Pricing for xB Release Series 6.0
To be Displayed at the 2009 North American International Auto Show
TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Scion announced today that its first limited-production vehicle for 2009, the xB Release Series 6.0 (xB R.S. 6.0), will be available at dealer showrooms in February.
A 2009 xB RS 6.0 will be on display in the Scion booth at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, January 11-25 for media and public days.
The 2009 xB Release Series 6.0 comes exclusively in Absolutely Red exterior paint. A unique front grille with custom black finish and Release Series wheel covers distinguish this limited production xB. A color-keyed rear spoiler will be available as an option.
Inside, the xB features a touch screen Pioneer Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) headunit with flash memory, voice recognition, MSN Direct, and Bluetooth(R). For media player flexibility, the AVN unit comes with USB, SD card, and iPod connectivity. The Pioneer AVN headunit is also satellite radio and HD Radio(R) ready and will play DVDs and iPod videos when the vehicle is in park. In addition, users can select from over 32,000 colors to customize the 5.8-inch high-resolution WVGA LCD touch-panel display.
Absolutely Red makes its mark inside the xB as well with color-tuned four-in-one interior lights, RS 6.0 illuminated door sills, and accented interior trim and color-tuned seat fabric. The xB RS 6.0 will also be equipped with a rear cargo cover. Individually numbered badging completes the uniqueness of this vehicle.
Only 2,500 units of the xB RS 6.0 will be built. The xB RS 6.0 model will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,743 over the base price of the xB. The base MSRP for the standard xB with a manual transmission is $15,750, while the standard xB with an automatic transmission model carries a MSRP of $16,700. The available Absolutely Red spoiler has a MSRP of $320, not including installation.
The delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee for all Scion models is $670 and is not included in the MSRP. DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.