Toyota was still trying to impose its sub-brand Scion on the North American market, and the xA was a new vehicle concept.
Scion designers took their inspiration from the Japanese Kei-car segment but enlarged-it to make vehicles better for the U.S. market. The xA model shared its same platform with the Yaris Verso and Toyota designed as a lifestyle, youthful vehicle. The small MPV was introduced in 2002 as a 2003 model year, and it was axed in 2007.
While it shared some parts with the Yaris Verso, it definitely had a different look. It was like a taller hatchback with a raked front fascia. Its grille featured two slats and the black Scion badge on it, while the big, angular headlights offered a calming image. It was far from the aggressive look of other city vehicles.
Inside, the carmaker installed the instrument cluster in the middle of the dash panel. The design team made the spacious interior thanks to the higher seats and added more storage areas underneath the dashboard. But Toyota didn't manage to attract too many new customers for it.
The Japanese carmaker offered only one engine under the hood, which was paired as standard to a 5-speed manual. A four-speed automatic was on the options list.