Scion Xb & Xd - Scion-ese Twins

Look-Alike Xb And Xd Replace The Original Xb And The Xa.
When you're the official car of Generation ADD, you need to keep things fresh. So Scion is replacing its xA and xB after only four years on the market. Scion is retaining the popular xB nameplate for the all-new version but is dumping the laggard xA in favor of the xD.

What's surprising is how similar the xA and the xD look. And, to our eyes, neither has the funky, Japanese-anime quality that made the original xB stand out on the street.

Despite their visual sameness, the cars are very different under the skin. The entry-level xD uses the Toyota Yaris platform, but it has a larger, 128-hp, 1.8-liter engine paired with a five-speed stick or a four-speed automatic.

The slightly larger xB has its own platform but borrows the tC coupe's 2.4-liter four (here with 158 hp), which is offered with a five-speed manual or a four-speed autobox-the latter with manu-matic capability.

Both cars come with six air bags and a 160-watt CD stereo with, of course, iPod connectivity. See the new xB at dealers-and, no doubt, outside trendy nightclubs-this spring. The xD won't make the scene until late summer.

See New C-Class
Mercedes' New Baby Benz Looks A Lot Like The Big Daddy Benz.
The new c-class debuts at the Geneva auto show, and visually it's a chip off the new S-class. The C-class comes to the States this summer, in three flavors: C300 (with a 228-hp, 3.0-liter six), in Luxury and Sport trim levels, and C350 Sport (268-hp, 3.5-liter six). The car shown here is similar to our Sport, with its lower body sculpting and star located within the grille. The Sport sedans have a standard manual transmission; a seven-speed automatic is optional. New gizmos include a mouse-type Comand controller, standard adaptive damping, a four-gig music hard drive, and an optional glass roof.

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The Magazine Today
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