Toyota Motor Sales’ Scion car line now makes available an iPod-compatible head unit manufactured by Pioneer that makes Scion the first car line to offer iPod connectivity and control across its entire lineup, according to the company. The new option has been added to Scion’s 2006 xA and B models, which will arrive at dealerships next week. The tC model already has this Pioneer head unit available as an option.
Scion is a relatively new marque created by Toyota, developed to appeal to the young adult and car customizer market. The lineup includes the xA compact, xB with boxy SUV-like styling, and tC coupe. Each model features dozens of personalization options like sport pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel, molded dash appliques and custom after-market stereo options.
The Pioneer stereo model made available to Scion buyers includes an AM/FM stereo receiver and CD player. The head unit integrates directly with Dock Connector-equipped Apple iPods and features a one-line scrolling display that will show the track, artist and album information from the iPod. The connector cable also recharges the iPod’s battery. On the xA model, users can also control music playback through steering wheel buttons. The retail price for the Pioneer head unit is $260, including installation.