Young buyers will be happy to know that the 2016 Scion iM hatchback was introduced at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Set to arrive in dealerships this fall and starting under $20,000, the new Scion iM was designed for those who are looking for a sporty and affordable hatchback.
When it comes to design, the iM features a familiar face with a hexagonal lower grille, stylish headlights and side bezels with honeycomb mesh pattern seen also on the FR-S sports car. As standard, the Scion iM comes with a sporty body aero kit, but also with a piano black grille treatment, LED daytime running lights and taillights with an unmistakable signature.
Scion will offer plenty of colours which give the design a tremendous visual pop: Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Barcelona Red Metallic, Spring Green Metallic and Electric Storm Blue. Power comes from a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 137 hp, bolted to a standard 6-speed manual transmission.
An automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is offered as an option and according to Scion it was sport-tuned for driving pleasure, that’s why it is called CVTi-S. Estimated fuel economy rating is 37 mpg on the highway. The vehicle is based on the tC sports coupe platform, featuring high-strength steel and special reinforcements.
Moreover, it rides on standard 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45R17 tires and the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system promises to make low-speed maneuvering a breeze. Inside, we find high-quality materials, a 6-speaker Pioneer sound system as well as a 7-inch Pioneer Display Audio unit that includes standard HD radio and Aha.
In addition, the Scion iM gets a sporty steering wheel wrapped in leather, a 4.2-inch color TFT multi-information display (a first for the company) and dual-zone automatic A/C control.
For those who want to make their vehicle stand out of the crowd, Scion will offer a full range of dealer-installed accessories such as body graphics, cargo area enhancements, interior light kit, navigation upgrade kit, a roof rack system and all-weather floor mats.
What’s more interesting is that the Scion iM will offer a line of TRD (Toyota Racing Development) performance accessories such as an air intake system, anti-roll bar, lowering springs and more. Pet-friendly accessories include a dog harness with tether, door guards, seat pet barrier and even a grass pad. [source]