Look inside the hood of xB and you’ll find a 1.5 Liter 16 valve in-line 4-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-I) technology. This light and compact power plant gives every xB an excellent horsepower-to-weight ratio.
We wouldn’t call it an economical car if it weren’t. Expect 30 city / 33 highway mpg manual or 30 city / 34 highway mpg automatic transmission – all without sacrificing high performance, low emission, and low noise levels.
The automatic transmissions utilize an advanced powertrain known as grade logic. This technology manipulates the shift logic of transmissions during uphill or downhill driving. By simply lifting the throttle while ascending hills, upshifts can be inhibited and the engine can remain in the peak torque band to maintain a smooth ride throughout. A similar logic applies during downhill driving to provide more engine braking by not upshifting needlessly.
Keeping you firmly planted on the road are MacPherson struts and a sporttuned suspension with stiffened springs. Add an anti-roll bar and a precise steering feel to round out your xB experience.
We wanted its looks to leave an impact but we also wanted it to protect you upon impact, too. There’s a wide array of active and passive safety features in every xB to serve and protect. The main component of its passive collision protection system consist of a supplemental restraint system that utilizes sensors in the front airbags to detect a frontal collision. An Antilock Braking System (ABS), front seat belt pre-tensioners and 3-point anchor seat belts for all five seats help to ensure that you and your passengers don’t go anywhere you don’t intend to.
The exterior panels of the xB make up the rigid body shell that doubles as an impact absorbing structure. The passenger compartment is designed with reinforced cross and side members that are laid out horizontally. This helps distribute crash impact forces to the vehicle’s upper body and throughout the entire body structure. In addition, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) are standard on the xB.
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Source: Scion Press Release