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2005 Toyota ist (Japan)

The Toyota ist is a subcompact car made in Japan by Toyota. It is exported to the United States as the Scion xA and Scion xD and to Europe and Latin America as the Urban Cruiser. The name "ist" is in reference to the suffix term "-ist", which denotes something that adheres to, or is uniquely gifted in a specific talent, doctrine, or ability.[1]

In Japan, it is available at Toyota dealerships Toyota NETZ and Toyopet Store.

First generation[edit]

Toyota ist; XP60 series
Manufacturer Toyota
Kanto Auto Works[2]
Also called Scion xA
Production 2001–2006
Assembly Iwate, Japan
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout front wheel drive/AWD
Related Toyota bB
Toyota Platz
Toyota Vitz
Scion xA
Engine 1.3L 2NZ-FE I4
1.5L 1NZ-FE I4
Wheelbase 2,370 mm (93.3 in)
Length 3,855 mm (151.8 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,535 mm (60.4 in)
Curb weight 1,100 kg (2,425.1 lb)

Based on the first-generation Toyota Vitz hatchback, the first-generation ist shared a platform with the Toyota Platz sedan.

The ist was developed from the Toyota Vitz supermini in a crossover SUV bodystyle offering the flexibility of larger SUVs, but with the advantage of better fuel economy from a smaller vehicle. It first appeared at the 2001 Tokyo Auto Show, and was placed into production in 2002.

The ist is meant to cater to younger drivers, being sold as a Scion in North America and as the xA in the Middle East. At its introduction, 42,000 ordered were received in Japan.

Its primary competitor is the Honda Fit and the Nissan March. The first-generation car was used by the Shizuoka Prefectural Police as a police car.

Second generation[edit]

Toyota ist; XP110 series
2007 Toyota ist 01.jpg
Manufacturer Toyota
Kanto Auto Works[2]
Also called Scion xD
Toyota Urban Cruiser
Production 2006–present
Assembly Japan: Kanegasaki, Iwate (Kanto Auto Works)[3]
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout front wheel drive/AWD
Related Toyota bB
Toyota Platz
Toyota Vitz
Scion xD
Toyota Urban Cruiser
Engine 1.5L 1NZ-FE I4
1.8L 2ZR-FE I4
Wheelbase 2,460 mm (96.9 in)
Length 3,930 mm (154.7 in)
Width 1,725 mm (67.9 in)
Height 1,540 mm (60.6 in)
Curb weight 1,210 kg (2,667.6 lb)

The second-generation ist is similar to the five-door Toyota Yaris/Vitz; however, unlike the Vitz, the gauges are in front of the driver as opposed to the middle of the dashboard.

This new ist, like its predecessor, is sold as a Scion in the US. But instead of being the new xA, it is called the xD. The only real difference between the ist and xD is a revised front fascia.[4]

In Europe and Latin America it is sold as the Urban Cruiser with slightly different front panels.[5]

In Japan, the ist is sold as either 4-speed automatic Super ECT for the 2ZR-FE, or as a Super CVT-i for the 1NZ-FE option. One appealing offer for the 1NZ equipped model is the choice of AWD, which was not carried over to the US for the xD.[6] Furthermore, a center console is offered on Japan's ist, but not the US' xD; however, one can easily import center console kits on the internet.

Starting with production model year 2007 in Japan, G-BOOK, a subscription telematics service, is offered as an option.

The former Kanto Auto Works produced the Toyota ist from January 2010.[7]

Urban Cruiser[edit]

The Toyota Urban Cruiser is a mini MPV that is currently produced by Japanese automaker Toyota. It was first introduced in 2008 and is still in production. It slots below the Toyota RAV4 to compete against small crossover SUVs like the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Soul, while also attracting buyers of mainstream family hatchbacks. Designed by Toyota ED²,[8] it debuted at the March 2008 Geneva Motor Show and went on sale shortly thereafter.

Unfortunately, Urban Cruiser did not reach sales success in Europe since 2011 due to the ongoing strength of the Japanese Yen.

Urban Cruiser prototype at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show 

Mechanicals and emissions[edit]

The Urban Cruiser is powered by a 1,329 cc petrol engine that produces 100 hp (75 kW) and 132 N·m (97 lb·ft), as well as a 90 hp (67 kW), 205 N·m (151 lb·ft) 1,364 cc turbo diesel. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the diesel model is also offered with an all-wheel drive option. Both come with a 6-speed manual transmission. There is no automatic option.


Despite being equipped with seven airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control, the car received a relatively poor Euro NCAP safety rating of 3/5 stars.[9]


  1. ^ "Vehicle Lineage Chart Data: Origin of a car's name". Toyota-global. 
  2. ^ a b "Kanto Auto Works, Ltd". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Affiliates (Toyota wholly owned subsidiaries)-Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc.". Toyota. 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  4. ^ "new toyota ist". Retrieved July 20, 2007. 
  5. ^ Paul Hudson (2009-07-01). "Toyota Urban Cruiser review". (London). Retrieved 2010-03-01. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Toyota iSt engine options". Retrieved February 15, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Affiliates (Toyota wholly owned subsidiaries)-Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc.". Toyota Motor Corporation. 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  8. ^ Mike Hanlon (March 2006). "Toyota mini SUV Urban Cruiser concept". gizmag. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  9. ^ "Toyota Urban Cruiser's crash test crash". Retrieved 2009-11-26. 

External links[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Japanese Wikipedia.