An evolution of last year's race car, the 2013 xD gains minor exterior modifications such as two rows of LED lights up front and a slightly different livery.
The big changes are found by looking under the car. Engineers have fitted the xD with a new suspension setup that makes the hatchback more responsive to drive over rough terrain while giving it considerably more ground clearance than its regular-production counterpart.
Scion says that the engine's power output has been raised but precise details are not available. All that is known is that the rally car is powered by a turbocharged version of the xD's 1.8-liter four-cylinder mill.
Power is sent to the front wheels via a new-for-2013 dog engagement transmission which has straight-cut gears instead of helical gears, reducing wear and friction inside the gearbox.
The race-bound xD is scheduled to make its competition debut at the Sno*Drift Rally that is taking place this weekend in Atlanta, Michigan. It will be driven by Andrew Comrie-Picard, a Canadian pilot that finished second overall in the two-wheel drive category of last year's season.