Scion xB and Honda Element are box-shaped models designed to appeal to younger buyers. Both vehicles reached their limits and gone out of production. Similar models include the Kia Soul and Nissan Cube but the latter was also discontinued. Honda Element left the production lines after the 2011 model year while the xB reached the 2016 model year when Toyota announced its discontinuation early that year.
However, since their discontinuation, both models have been rumored to be replaced with the new versions. But according to the latest reports, these models don’t have perspective at least not in their familiar form.
Honda Element and replacement:
Honda launched uniquely designed Element in 2003 targeting the younger buyers. The model emerged at time when the compact SUV market was relatively new and with little competition Honda achieved its goal. The 2003 model year was the most successful for this model. However, rival brands recognized Element’s success and models like the Kia Soul, Nissan Cube, Ford Flex and Scion xB joined the game quickly. With similar characteristic but more affordable price these models took the large piece of Element’s market. After that Honda made the decision not to upgrade this model and it had only minor styling and mechanical updates during the 8-year life cycle. With strong rivalry from its stable mate the CRV and mentioned factors the sales continued to decrease reaching only 14, 000 sold vehicles in 2009. As the result, Honda ended the production of this model in April 2011.
As for the successor of this model, the latest reports suggest that rumors about the new Honda Element won’t become reality as the modern market demands ultramodern styling and top-notch technology which don’t fit with Element’s concept.
Scion xB and replacement:
Scion, Toyota’s youth-oriented brand, launched the xB in 2003. This model was brand’s most popular vehicle stateside until 2011 when the tC suppressed its sales. The best year for the xB was in 2006 when this model went in more than 60, 000 units. However, after the introduction of the second-generation version in 2007 the sales started decreasing. In the final 2016 model year, this model was sold in just 2, 667 units. In the beginning of 2016, Toyota, however, announced model’s discontinuation.
The same destiny, however, was reserved for the entire Scion brand. In February 2016, Toyota said the 2016 model year will be the final year for this brand. The models iA and iM will be re-badged as Yaris iA and Corolla iM. On the other hand, the FR-S model returned as the Toyota 86.
As for the new xB model, Toyota already replaced it by the second-generation of more conventional hatchback model Toyota Auris for the 2016 model year. So, the xB won’t also see the similarly styled successor in anytime soon.