Years from now, you will be able to tell your children or your grandchildren or your flat-voiced AI companion about the time when boxy cars were a thing.
Scholars will debate how the trend began. Some will point to the Lego-like minivans that roamed the roads in the long-ago 1980s and 90s. Others will say that the tipping point came later, when MINI refreshed its lineup at the turn of this century.
But undoubtedly, most will agree that the Scion xB stands out as the chief accomplishment of the boxy car movement. And now, it's dead.
Well, mostly dead. Scion has one more trick up its sleeve, a curious flourish as the xB rolls toward its final days, a rugged, poop-colored parting blow: The 2015 Scion xB 686 Parklan Edition.
In keeping with the youth/extreme-sports culture that Scion latched onto in its early days, the special-edition xB was dreamed up by snowboard apparel company 686. As you might guess, the automaker has made exactly 686 of them.
Speaking through a copywriter, Scion's Andrew Gilleland explains the partnership: "The xB has been part of Scion from the very beginning and we wanted to give it a meaningful send-off. What better way to do that than to partner with 686, which caters to people who live their lives to the fullest? Whether it’s used on the streets or the slopes, this xB will become a classic."
Approaching the xB 686, the first thing you'll notice is the paint job, which is generously described as Cocoa Bean Metallic, and it's accented with red stripes. Before getting in, you'll also notice the gloss-black 16-inch wheels, all of which feature the 686 logo. Black-out door handles, side mirrors, badges, and rear license plate tie the look together, like the world's largest brownie, embedded with licorice jelly beans. (Please tell us that's not a thing.)
Inside, the xB 686 features funky cubist camo upholstery. There's also a semi-secret zippered compartment for the driver and two on the backs of the front seats. All-weather floor mats and a cargo mat come standard, though for upgraders, there's a roof rack systems and INNO cargo box available.
The 2015 Scion xB 686 Parklan Edition starts at $19,685, plus a delivery, processing and handling fee of $795.
For those who worship at the Temple of All Things Boxy, remember the Honda Element, remember the Nissan Cube, and for all that is good and holy, please remember the Scion xB.