Grr. Last week I finally went to a Toyota dealer to give the Scion xB a lookover you just can't do when it's someone else's car parked on the street. [Quick take: The interior is plenty big, but super cheap and would require some irrationally expensive upgrades like new leather seats. And it's kind of weak, but is probably fine for city puttering. And it could really use some more storage space, and flat-folding seats.]
So it's kind of annoying that Toyota solves some of these major problems with the new 2008 xB--it's a foot longer, has a redesigned interior, and gets the standard Camry 2.4-liter engine putting out 55 extra horsepower--while wrapping it in a weirdly rounded, snub-nosed, Bangle BMW-y mess.
Maybe I'll grow to love the xB's new design, which at least one commenter on Jalopnik pegged as being much more cheap-Camry and much less distinctively a Scion. Or maybe slightly used 2007 xB's will become so cheap, dropping a $3,000 leather interior and a Camry 2.4 engine will make financial sense. I want my bread truck back.
2008 Scion xB Introduction at the Chicago Auto Show [windingroad via jj daddy-o]