Posts Tagged ‘Scion iM Concept’

Scion iA Sedan & iM Hatch Coming to New York

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 20th, 2015

Scion has really big plans for the upcoming 2015 New York Auto Show. They’re going to unveil not one, but two new production models at the event, which is set to take place in the first full week of April.

These will be the first additions to the Scion lineup in over three years, which is about 25% of Scion’s 11-year lifespan. As you continue reading, you’ll get a peek at each of these new cars and learn what we know about their debut in a couple of weeks.

Scion iM Hatchback

2015 NYIAS Scion iM Teaser

This is the easy one… You may remember the Scion iM Concept (pictured below) from the 2014 LA Motor Show just a few months ago in November. Well, this is the production version of that car, and it’s basically just a US-spec version of the European Toyota Auris.

2014 Scion iM Concept

It’s possible that the iM will replace both the xD and xB in Scion’s current lineup – basically they’d be replacing two low-sellers with one (hopefully) high-seller. At least, if the Auris’ European performance is any indication.

It should be noted that while the Auris is offered in Europe with a myriad of powertrains – gasoline, diesel and hybrid – we’re guessing that the Scion iM will only be offered in petrol form. At least for starters.

Scion iA Sedan

2015 NYIAS Scion iA Teaser

The Scion iA requires a bit more guesswork, as this is a car that we haven’t seen before. At least not by the iA name. However, the automotive blogosphere seems to have reached unanimous agreement that this will be the Mazda2-based model we’ve heard rumors about since the new hatchback’s launch last year. Except, Toyota’s version would be a sporty, budget-friendly four-door sedan.

2015 Mazda2 hatchback

If the Scion iA is indeed the Mazda2-based model – complete with Mazda’s Skyactiv powertrain and technology suite – then this is really big news for Scion. Skyactiv has continued to be a huge hit with drivers everywhere, and adding it to the Scion lineup can only improve sales. Scion VP Doug Murtha shared a similar opinion…

“We’ve been eagerly waiting for this moment and are excited to introduce our new Scions in New York,” he said. “Both the iM and iA are tremendous additions to our lineup and will appeal to young people with different perspectives and needs. These cars represent the evolution of Scion and are kicking off a new wave of momentum for the brand.”

On the whole, this is looking like a really smart move from Scion, and we can’t wait to see both cars in New York; especially the iA sedan!


New Scion iM Concept Show-Prepped for LA Premiere

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 24th, 2014

Today we have another teaser for a new Japanese car coming to next month’s 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s the new Scion iM Concept, and today we’re seeing a few test shots taken ahead of the car’s official premiere:

Scion iM Concept Teaser

As you can see, this is the dictionary definition of a teaser. Between two images, we can barely make out a full picture of the front fascia, and Scion’s press release isn’t doing us any favors either. At a hair over 75 words, this is everything we know about the Scion iM Concept:

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 22, 2014 — Like any new star about to step out on the world stage in Los Angeles, Scion’s new iM Concept car is taking some test shots.  The photos, also debuting on Instagram, reveal the distinctively sporty front end of the car as it gets ready for the spotlight. The iM Concept car reflects the evolution of Scion as the needs and desires of its youthful customers also evolve. Fans are encouraged to join the conversation at #iMDriven.

Looking at the images, we see several sporty features: a sleek V-shaped grille, huge front air intakes, a unique lighting arrangement with trapezoidal LED fog lights, darkened chrome wheels with a new-looking brake system. We can also see that the front fascia is proportionally short, so the iM Concept is probably a small car.

Even though the press release doesn’t tell us anything about what the iM Concept could eventually become, deeper investigation paints a clearer picture:

Scion iM Concept Car

First, note that Scion recently confirmed that the antiquated xB and xD compacts are getting the axe for the 2015MY. That leaves a pretty big (err, small?) hole in Scion’s lineup, so our guess is that this new iM Concept will likely fall into that category.

Others around the automotive blogosphere have guessed the same thing. Word on the virtual street is that the new iM Concept is probably a US-version of the European Toyota Auris. That makes even more sense since the Toyota Matrix is also getting nixed from next year’s lineup, and Toyota should be looking to test out an alternative offering on US soil.

The other possibility is that this car could be the result of the Mazda-Toyota partnership we’d heard about earlier this year. However, that car was supposed to be a sedan, and we’re really thinking the iM Concept is either a hatchback or station wagon.

Either way, the video production theme behind the Scion iM Concept’s teaser makes us think there’ll be a video follow-up sometime before the LA Auto Show next month. So, stay tuned!