Scion IM Revealed as a Sporty 5-Door Hatchback
After the success of the FR-S, Scion appears to be keeping its focus on sporty models with the reveal of a new concept car targeted at younger buyers.
Called the iM, the brand’s new five-door hatchbach gets dramatic styling mixed with the functionality that a hatch can offer.
Scion says the car’s design is inspired by European touring cars with a low-slung body, big air intakes, geometric grille inserts and big 19-inch wheels. Also shown on the car are huge 19-inch wheels with performance tires, vented front brake rotors with 4-piston calipers and a height-adjustable racing suspension.
It’s also painted in a custom “Incrediblue” shade.
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No details have been released on the powertrain, though this isn’t likely to be a hot hatch. Instead look for a more modest engine, like the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder from the Corolla, under the hood.
The iM is technically a concept car, but is expected to see production soon with its underpinnings likely shared with the European market Toyota Auris. Just don’t expect to see many of the more extreme elements of the car at that point.
“The tastes of today’s younger buyers have evolved. They want a car that provides excitement and individuality, as well as the comfort, technology and reliability that Scion offers,” said Scion Vice President Doug Murtha. “The iM Concept combines sleek styling with the versatility of a modern hatchback to catch the eye of Scion customers. Stay tuned for more on how we will bring this vision to the road.”
Scion will officially reveal the car at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, November 19th.
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