Toyota’s struggling Scion brand will soon get some much needed new product, with an insider confirming a new hatchback will be added to the lineup as well as a product the brand has never before offered, a sedan.
The hatchback, AutoGuide has learned, is likely to be a version of the Toyota Auris. In many ways this function-focused hatchback will be a spiritual successor to the Toyota Matrix.
The second generation Auris was introduced to the European and Japanese markets in 2013 and is available with all-wheel drive as an option.
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Perhaps more surprising is the addition of a conventional sedan to the youth-focused brand’s lineup. That car will actually be based on the upcoming next-gen Mazda2 platform.
Past reports have indicated the next-generation Yaris will also be based off the Mazda2 and will even use a Mazda engine. Production of the next-generation Mazda2 will begin at the company’s new plant in Salamanca, Mexico in mid-2015.
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Our source also confirmed that there are more new products in the pipeline beyond those, with continued rumors pointing towards a small crossover. A convertible version of the FR-S has also long been reported to be in the pipeline.
Scion execs have repeatedly been clear that new Scion models will not necessarily be a replacement of a current model but could be entirely new products while older nameplates, like the xB or xD could be shelved entirely.
The first of the new Scion models is expected to make its debut at the LA Auto Show in November.
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