Toyota Ist

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Toyota Ist
Toyota ist 1.3F (UA-NCP60) front.JPG
2002–2005 Toyota Ist 1.3 F (NCP60, Japan)
Also called
  • Scion xA (North America, 2004–2006)
  • Scion xD (North America, 2007–2014)
  • Toyota Urban Cruiser (Europe and Latin America, 2008–2014)
ProductionMay 2002 – March 2016
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact car
Body style5-door hatchback
SuccessorToyota Yaris Cross[1][2]
Toyota C-HR

The Toyota Ist (Japanese: トヨタ・ist (イスト), Toyota Isuto) (stylised as ist) is a subcompact car manufactured by the Japanese automaker Toyota. It is exported to the United States as the Scion xA and Scion xD, the Middle East as the Toyota xA and to Europe and Latin America as the Toyota Urban Cruiser for the second generation.

The Ist, the sixth brand to use the Vitz as the base model, was conceived as a high-end multi-use compact car with SUV-like styling and wagon-like roominess. The car was fitted with either a 1.3-liter (FWD) or a 1.5-liter engine (FWD or 4WD), with a Super ECT transmission. A wide front grille consisting of two thick horizontal bars, large 15-inch tires, and extended wheel arches gave the vehicle its unique and dynamic exterior styling. The body dimensions were a notch above those of the Vitz, giving more space to the cabin and the trunk. The 6:4 split rear seats could be fully folded to widen the deck as necessary. The sturdy body structure was realized through the advanced GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) process, which enhanced safety in collisions with heavier vehicles.

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

The car's name is derived from the suffix "-ist," the name points to a person who is passionate about something (stylist, artist, specialist, and so on).[3]

First generation (XP60; 2002)[edit]

First generation (XP60)
2002-2005 Toyota ist.jpg
2002–2005 Toyota Ist (Japan)
Also called
  • Scion xA (North America)
  • Toyota xA (Middle East)
ProductionMay 2002 – July 2007
AssemblyJapan: Kanegasaki, Iwate (Kanto Auto Works)[4]
DesignerMasanari Sakae (2000)
Body and chassis
PlatformToyota NBC platform
Power output
  • 64 kW (86 hp; 87 PS) (2NZ-FE)
  • 77–80 kW (103–107 hp; 105–109 PS) (1NZ-FE)
Wheelbase2,370 mm (93.3 in)
Length3,855 mm (151.8 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,530–1,535 mm (60.2–60.4 in)
Kerb weight1,000–1,100 kg (2,205–2,425 lb)

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

The model codes are NCP60 (1300, 2NZ, FWD), NCP61 (1500, 1NZ, FWD), NCP65 (1500, 1NZ, 4WD).

The Ist was developed from the 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 Motor 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. The Ist interior features a unique interior with an easy to read central instrumental cluster position similar to the Vitz, Platz and Vios. At its introduction, 42,000 orders 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 (XP110; 2007)[edit]

Second generation (XP110)
Toyota ist 001.JPG
2007 Toyota Ist (Japan)
Also called
  • Scion xD (North America)
  • Toyota Urban Cruiser (Europe and Latin America)
ProductionJuly 2007 – March 2016
AssemblyJapan: Kanegasaki, Iwate (Kanto Auto Works, 2007–2012); Ōhira, Miyagi (Toyota Motor East Japan, 2012–2016)[5][6]
DesignerJunho Kim and Masaaki Yagi (2005)
Body and chassis
PlatformToyota B platform
Power output
  • 73 kW (98 hp; 99 PS) (1NR-FE)
  • 76–80 kW (102–107 hp; 103–109 PS) (1NZ-FE)
  • 97 kW (130 hp; 132 PS) (2ZR-FE)
  • 66 kW (89 hp; 90 PS) (1ND-TV)
  • 6-speed manual (Europe)
  • 4-speed automatic (Japan)
  • CVT
Wheelbase2,460 mm (96.9 in)
Length3,930 mm (154.7 in)
Width1,725 mm (67.9 in)
Height1,525–1,540 mm (60.0–60.6 in)
Kerb weight1,150–1,210 kg (2,535–2,668 lb)
Rear view

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

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.[7]

In Europe and Latin America it is sold as the Urban Cruiser with slightly different front panels.[8]

In Japan, the Ist is sold in 2 grades namely 150G and 150X and equipped with 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.[9] Furthermore, a center console is offered on Japan's Ist, but not the US' xD. The 180G with the 2ZR-FE engine option was also offered until August 2010.

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 Ist from January 2010.[10]

Production of the Ist ended in March 2016. Sales of the Ist were discontinued in Japan on 29 April 2016. It is replaced by the Yaris Cross in 2020.[1]

Urban Cruiser[edit]

Toyota Urban Cruiser
Toyota Urban Cruiser concept

The Urban Cruiser is a version of the second generation Ist that was sold in Europe. It was first introduced in 2008. It is slotted below the 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,[11] it debuted at the March 2008 Geneva Motor Show and went on sale shortly thereafter.

Unfortunately, the Urban Cruiser did not have sales success in Europe after 2011 due to the ongoing strength of the Japanese yen, and production was discontinued in 2014. It will be replaced by the Yaris Cross in 2021.[1][2]

Mechanicals and emissions[edit]

The Urban Cruiser is powered by a 1,329 cc petrol engine that produces 99 PS (73 kW) and 132 N⋅m (97 lb⋅ft), or a 90 PS (66 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.[12]


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