Scion xB Release Series 6.0

Scion shows off a limited edition Scion xB at the 2009 Detroit auto show, featuring special paint and in-dash electronics.

Scion xB Release Series 6.0
Scion rolls out a limited edition xB for the Detroit auto show. Sarah Tew/CBS Interactive

With its limited number of models, a new car from Scion is a rare thing, so the company filled the information gap at the Detroit auto show with a special trim level for the xB. Dubbed Release Series (or RS) 6.0, this xB comes in a unique shade of red covering every exterior body panel and component, except the grille, which gets its own special black treatment. As with the standard model, the xB RS 6.0 is powered by an economical 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.

Pioneer AVN head unit
This Pioneer head unit handles navigation, hands-free calling, and media playback. Sarah Tew/CBS Interactive

The interior sees more custom treatment, with colored lights designed to match the look of the car, illuminated door sill panels that read RS 6.0, and special seat fabric. The xB RS 6.0 gets a Pioneer AVN GPS head unit standard, which has support for video, iPod, USB, and SD cards. This AVN has voice command and Bluetooth built-in. Extra modules from Pioneer can be fitted to add HD-Radio and satellite radio.

Scion is only building 2,500 of the xB RS 6.0 vehicles, and each will have a unique number plate. Trying to sell an xB as a collector's item is a little questionable, but the car still represents an excellent value, with the RS 6.0 costing only $1,743 over the base xB, which is about the cost of the head unit alone.

More 2009 Detroit auto show coverage.

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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