The vehicle “combines the attitude of the xB with the comfort and sophistication of the tC to further reflect the dynamic nature of our buyers, and their desire to be distinctive,” says Scion Vice President Jim Farley.
Designed by’s Calty Design Studio in Newport Beach, CA, and built by Five Axis of Huntington Beach, CA, the vehicle rides on an all-new platform and boasts a 2.4L 4-cyl. engine mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. It has 14-in. brakes with slotted rotors and 20-in. custom-machined, polished billet aluminum wheels.
In an interview with Ward’s last month at the Chicago auto show, Farley would not say if the concept will be a replacement for an existing Scion or the fourth model in the brand’s U.S. lineup. (See related story: Scion’s Next Product Set for New York Show)
Scion t2B concept.
The vehicle’s exterior is built around a demado (Japanese for “bay window”) design theme, used to create a feeling of added space, as bay windows do in homes, Toyota says. In the t2B it is employed in a reverse trapezoidal shape.
A wedge roof, flush-fit wraparound windshield, wide vertical intake scoops, large fender flares, “wide screen” rear window, remote-controlled power sliding door (passenger side), remote-controlled suicide doors (driver side), and lack of door handles and B-pillars are some other unique features of the t2B’s exterior design.
Inside the t2B evokes the look of a lounge, with the roof the widest point of the spacious interior.
Two fixed-glass panels that run almost the entire length of the roof further add to the open feeling, Toyota says.
Stadium seating positions rear occupants higher than those up front. Each of the four seats is contoured to the human body, and sloping, padded lining is affixed to the doors. The seat fabric is multi-layered, with brushed, blue-steel perforated leather as the top material.
The vehicle’s instrument panel is an asymmetrical, tri-level design that has a large information ticker where users can be apprised of the latest movie, game and music offerings available for download from the Internet.
An MP3 docking station is located in the upper layer of the instrument panel, and the t2B’s wide rear glass serves, both inside and out, as a display for movies, games or screen savers, Toyota says.
A docking port and secondary controls for gaming systems are located in the vehicle’s rear cargo area, and speakers are integrated into the suicide doors.
Soft storage compartments in the integrated door pads, steering wheel and underneath the seats feature Scion-themed zippers to secure contents.
The t2B’s dimensions are larger than those of the xB, with a wheelbase 7.9 ins. (20.1 cm) greater at 106.3 ins. (270 cm). Overall length is 164.6 ins. (418.1 cm), while width is 70.5 ins. (179.1 cm) and height is 67.0 ins. (170.2 cm).
Alongside the t2B, Toyota is displaying two small-scale models employing the t2B concept in New York: the sport-themed Fastback and utility-themed Cargo.