At last year’s SEMA show, MV Designz turned heads by turning a Scion xB wagon into a four-door pickup. This year, there’s a new xB hauler headed to Vegas – the Bowls LA Scion xB SEMA project vehicle.
Bowls LA is an urban lifestyle and apparel store in Southern California, founded by Brandon Leung. Leung also started JTuned.com, a Japanese automotive aftermarket tuning website.
The Bowls project truck is part of this year’s ‘Scion xB Tuner Challenge’ that pits three designers, including Leung, against each other to build the best customized xB for SEMA. Each was given a car to modify, with $10,000 cash awarded for the best vehicle.
For inspiration, Leung took design cues from a 1970 Toyota Crown pickup truck, which was never sold in the U.S. The feel of the vehicle is '70s Southern California, and Bowls has incorporated several trick elements into the project.
Bowls LA partnered with Advanced Design Fabrication to convert the xB from humble city people mover into a pickup. First, they lengthened its wheelbase to accommodate a matching bike that will sit in its cargo box.
On the outside, the truck’s front end has been reworked with a custom grille and Five Axis Design lip kit. Mooneyes bullet fender mirrors sit forward on the fenders, like a Japanese domestic car. Similar to the Tundra Hot Rod, the Bowls xB rolls on 20-inch full moon wheels and its bed is finished with wood.
Inside, ADF fabricated a complete custom interior with a roll cage, a bench seat and Simpson race harnesses.
There’s a reason for the go fast kit inside the cabin. The xB’s engine has been tweaked with an AEM cold air intake, performance parts from Brian Crower and a Nitrous Oxide injection system. The five-speed manual transmission has been strengthened with a Toyota Racing Development heavy-duty clutch and to help lay all that power to the road, there's a TRD limited-slip diff. TRD has also donated a front strut tower brace and rear sway bar that work with a digital air ride kit from Air Lift.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper SEMA tuner vehicle without audio enhancements. Pioneer has provided a double-din DVD multimedia receiver with a 7-inch widescreen display, two component speaker sets, two 12-inch shallow mount subwoofers, two mono amplifiers and two 4-channel amps. ADF created the housing and racks for the entertainment system.
The Bowls xB project vehicle will be on display in Scion's booth at the SEMA Show. We’ll be there too.
[Source: Scion, Bowls LA via Truck Trend]