on a roll. It's the only manufacturer whose mid-size and full-size
pickups sales volumes are both up in 2007. So how to keep the momentum
it that Toyota is seriously thinking about giving its youth-oriented
Scion brand a small two-door unibody pickup with design DNA based on
the Scion Fuse sports coupe concept, seen earlier this year at the
New York Auto Show.
would join Scion's other cars - the xB, xD,
The xP would be a stepping stone for Gen-Y buyers, who could move from
the urban hipness of a Scion pickup into the larger utility of a Toyota
Tacoma or Tundra as
they start families and careers.
side, the pickup has a low, aggressive stance with a race helmet inspired
wraparound window that provides a panoramic view. The visor-like windshield
is balanced by strong C-pillars, adding a sense of security and protection.
of a future Scion pickup with a high level of performance and additional
hi-tech features just might see the light of day.
provided by Scion's 161-hp/163 lb-ft 2.4-liter DOHC four banger. This
fuel efficient engine offers plenty of kick for a two-person hauler.
It's also plenty of fun, with a 5-speed manual transmission and 6,500-rpm
the car is parked, you can sweep your foot over an infrared sensor
in the rear bumper to activate the tailgate, which drops down and becomes
a bench for sedentary friends. You'll need something to drink, so the
rear console houses a detachable beverage cooler. This arrangement
is paired with rear foldout speakers for an unexpected social environment.
base price would start around $12,000 - almost $1,500 less than
a Ford Ranger.