According to Toyota, its junior brand Scion is scheduled to cease production by the end of 2016. However, some Scion models will continue to be sold under Toyota badges, including the iA, iM and FR-S. So, expect the all-new 2016 iA to survive the company’s decision to kill off the Scion brand. As for the 2017 Scion iA, expect it go on sale virtually unchanged except for the new Toyota badge. The 2017 Scion iA is most likely to hit the market in mid-2016.
The interesting thing about this vehicle is that it’s actually built by Mazda. Arriving recently as an all-new model on the North American market, the iA is almost entirely a Mazda 2 sedan. Apart from the front fascia that was designed by Toyota, it borrows the chassis, sheet metal and engine range from Mazda.
2017 Scion iA Design and Features
With its 171.7 inches in length and101.2-inch wheelbase, the iA falls in the same category with the likes of the Ford Fiesta sedan. At first glimpse, this sedan features an unconventional exterior styling. Mazda’s swoopy and elegant design combined with Toyota’s aggressive front grille results in a unique appearance. Thanks to its sleek profile and standard 16-inch alloy wheels, the iA looks pretty attractive seen from the sides.
Inside, expect to find an amply equipped cabin able to accommodate up to four adult passengers. What sets this model apart from its direct competitors are the high-quality materials you wouldn’t normally expect to find in this segment. Also, the list of standard amenities is pretty impressive for a vehicle that costs less than $17,000. Expect the base 2017 Scion iA to offer push-button start, automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera and a pair of USB ports. It will also come with standard 6-speaker audio system, voice recognition, Bluetooth, as well as a 7-inch touch-screen display with satellite navigation. When it comes to the safety systems, the iA will offer some highly advanced features such as the Low-speed Pre-Collision System.
2017 Scion iA Engine Specs
The 2017 Scion iA will be powered by Mazda’s 1.5-liter inline-four engine with direct fuel injection. The unit makes 106 horsepower paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Although it doesn’t offer enough power to make the driving experience particularly exciting, the engine manages to deliver excellent fuel economy. While the models coupled with the manual gearbox return 31/41 mpg (city/highway), the versions with the automatic transmission are rated at 33/42 mpg.