It’s no secret that Toyota plans to shut down the Scion brand that’s been around on the North American market since 2003. However, the famous Japanese automaker intends to absorb several Scion’s models, including the iM, iA and FR-S sports car. As of 2017, these models will be sold under Toyota badges. Now, the iM hatchback actually arrived for the 2016 MY as an all-new model. In that regard, the 2017 Scion iM is expected to go on sale virtually unchanged compared to the currently available model. Although it comes as a new name on the US automotive market, the iM actually represents the latest version of the Toyota Corolla hatchback (known as the Auris in the rest of the world). This compact five-door hatchback doesn’t differ too much from its popular sibling but offers more character and several unique features.
2017 Scion iM Side
As for the pricing, expect the 2017 Scion iM to carry over unchanged compared to the outgoing model. The entry-level model with manual transmission should start at around $18,500, while the version equipped with CVT will be priced at $19,200. Although the company has yet to confirm it, the re-badged iM is expected to hit the dealerships in the second half of 2016.
2017 Scion iM Design and Features
As far as the shape and dimensions are concerned, the iM doesn’t stray far from the aforementioned Corolla wagon. However, it offers some distinguishing features aimed to make this car more appealing to younger audiences. Those include a prominent body kit, several exotic exterior colors as well as special 17-inch alloy wheels. Apart from the revised front and rear bumpers, the iM features the recognizable sheet metal seen on the Corolla (Auris) model. When it comes to the equipment, 2017 Scion iM will set itself apart from Toyota’s version thanks to its automatic gearbox lever, infotainment system and climate control.
2017 Scion iM Engine Specs
The 2017 Scion iM will be powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder generating 137 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. Its power will be transmitted through a standard six-speed manual or an optional continuously variable transmission. According to some tests, the model paired with automatic gearbox needs 10 seconds to hit 60 mph, which makes it one of the slowest in its class. On the upside, the iM’s fuel economy is estimated at 32 mpg (28 city/37 highway).