Falling a bit short of the expectations enthusiasts had, Scion
has revealed a vehicle that’s only remotely spicier than the
vehicle it was based on – Toyota Auris. Thus, Scion has shown
its iM production toning down.
The 2016 Scion iM exterior designers combined a trapezoidal
lower grille opening, LED daytime running lights and
gloss-black fascia features with Toyota’s Angry Birds
grille-headlight treatment. The intention of the creators was
to make it look hot and hatchy.
The hatchback body perhaps relies too much on the aero kit and
the 17” wheels. In the making process, the vehicle lost some of
the sleek attractiveness and appeal of its European relative –
the iA sedan.
The front part received a more aggressive look – the angular
grille and larger lower grilles and intakes accommodate
hexagonal inserts and gloss-black accents. 17” alloy wheels,
wrapped in low-profile “fat” tires, come standard.
The rear bumper sits under a dominant set of tail lamps and a
tiny rear window.
It could be easily said that the interior is the highlight of
the Scion iM 2016. It looks really amazing.
As for the standard features, there are padded lower dash
panels, a contoured leather-wrapped steering wheel, power
windows and locks, power folding mirrors, cruise control,
dual-zone automatic A/C, a Pioneer audio system with seven-inch
touch screen, and a backup camera.
The extras include a navigation upgrade kit, cargo-area
addenda, and a line of TRD performance accessories, including
an anti-roll bar, a cold-air intake, and lowering springs.
Pet-friendliness is encouraged by Scion through the door
guards, a tether, a seat pet barrier and “a grass pad” (keeps
the dog away from the center console).
Engine Specs and performance
The 2016 Scion iM will be powered by Toyota’s 1.8-liter,
4-cylinder gasoline engine producing 137 hp, the sam one found
in the Corolla Eco model. It features a continuously variable
transmission with 7-step shifting and a Sport mode which will
adjust the behavior of the transmission and make use of Scion’s
G Al-Shift technology (a software that factors in lateral
G-forces to keep the CVT from shifting mid-corner). Scion also
offers an optional 6-speed manual gearbox with hill start
assist. It is estimated that the new Scion iM accelerate
from 0-60 mph in 9.5 sec, with a top speed of 115 mph.
Since it’s based on the same platform as the tC, it’s got
respectable bones for a front-wheel driver.
The vehicle should achieve 37 mpg on highway.
Price and release date
The New Scion iM was unveiled in conceptual form a few
months ago at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and debuted in New
York on March 31, 2015. The vehicle should hit the market in
the fall this year with price starting at about $20,000.