The Scion xD five-door urban subcompact carries over its aggressive styling and versatility for the 2009 model year. The xD launched last year as an all-new model featuring a unique exterior and fun-to-drive package.
The xD's distinct exterior is characterized by the Scion family traits—horizontal headlamps, an integrated rectangular lower and upper grille, and turn signals built into the side mirrors. Other xD styling cues include its wide stance, thick muscular body, a long and narrow back window, and accentuated wheel flares. The xD rides on 16-inch steel wheels and 195/60 R16 tires. Customers can choose from three standard wheel covers which are also shared with the xB.
A snappy 1.8 L four-cylinder engine with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) generates the xD's 128 horsepower. Customers have the choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission. This 2ZR-FE engine features a roller rocker system and light weight piston for better fuel economy and a piston cooling oil jet for better efficiency. The xD's EPA fuel economy estimates are 27 city and 33 highway for the manual transmission and 26 city and 32 highway for the automatic transmission.
The xD sits on a short, wide frame for a pleasing ride. In addition, the xD features an L-arm type MacPherson strut in the front and torsion beam suspension in the rear to help enhance control. The xD stops with front ventilated disc and rear drum brakes.
Source: Scion press