]Scion has been starved for product over the past few years. Last year it said it would get three new vehicles, and previewed one of them with a concept. Now, we have the production version of that concept--the new 2016 Scion iM hatchback.
Unveiled alongside the new Scion iA sedan at the New York Auto Show, this new five-door is supposed to be the answer for young buyers looking for a sporty hatchback on a budget.
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Based on the European-market Auris, the iM fits right into the U.S. Toyota/Scion lineup with a strong shoulder line, hexagon lower grille, and angular taillights. The body add-ons are standard, as are the LED daytime running lights. The grille is piano black, a nice, dark touch.
The interior will be somewhat familiar to anyone that’s been in a Corolla recently. The seats are thickly bolstered, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel has a touch of sportiness in its red stitching. The rear seats fold flat 60/40, which should make the iM pretty versatile.
The iM is powered by a 137-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder, which sends power to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. For gas mileage, Scion’s already touting a 37-mpg highway rating.
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Safety-wise, the iM comes with eight standard airbags, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera.
Scion’s touting value with the iM, with standard features such as a six-speaker Pioneer infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, and standard power-folding mirrors.
The Scion iM will go on sale later this year with a price under $20,000 when fully equipped.