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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!


Scion xB Release Series Revealed Ahead of New York

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

In case you forgot, the 2014 New York Motor Show opens at the end of next week, so most automakers are hustling to get in some final teasers ahead of the event. Today’s reveal is a little bit more than a teaser though… It’s a full-fledged preview of the new Scion xB Release Series 10.0, pictured below:

Scion xB Release Series 10.0

Obviously, Scion’s 5-door hatchback isn’t a car that we talk about a lot… In fact, it’s probably fair to say that Scion doesn’t talk about it a lot either. It’s a Japanese car that’s been in its second generation for the past eight years, and what we’ll see in New York is Scion’s attempt at refreshing the model with a new, limited edition trim. To add some exclusive appeal, Scion is only manufacturing 1,500 of the Release Series xB.

As you can see, the new Scion xB RS has some very nice aesthetics going for it. The paint job is called Electric Quartz, named as such for the pearl white paint with electric green highlights and piano black accents. There’s even a little light beneath the rear bumper that projects an electric green Scion logo on the ground behind the xB, like some sort of mini bat signal.

Scion xB RS Rear Projection

All of the exterior themes listed above continue into the interior of the Scion xB RS, except that they’ve been reversed. Instead of a predominately white interior, the seating, upholstery and center console are piano black, with subtle green accent stitching on the seats. And yes, even the projection lighting has been carried over into the interior; a green “xB RS 10.0” is projected onto the driver’s side carpet and the specific vehicle number (out of 1,500) projected onto the passenger’s side floor. The Scion name is also luminously etched into door sills, and even the cup holders are illuminated with that nice neon green. It serves to create an all-around classy-but-modern interior.

In addition to all of the design themes, the limited edition Scion xB will also get a host of new technologies, outlined below:

  • Backup camera
  • Conductive charging mat to wireless charge cell phones
  • 2014 Display Audio System w/ 6.1 inch touchscreen
  • Hands-free phone capability via Bluetooth
  • Built-in AUX/USB port with iPod connectivity

These aren’t exactly cutting-edge technologies, but they’re better than nothing. Since the Scion xB RS has an MSRP of just over $20,000, we think that the above will suffice. It might not be quite as epic as Scion’s VP, Doug Murtha, makes it out to be in the press release, but we’re sure that the Toyota sub-brand won’t have too much trouble getting rid of the 1,500 xB RS 10.0 models.

To be perfectly honest, we probably won’t cover the Scion xB RS 10.0 when it makes its debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show since there’s not much else to say. But, feel free to follow along on Scion’s website if you’re interested in learning more.