There's been little of note from Scion on the product front for a while but that situation is about to change. Toyota's youth brand will unveil a concept car called the Scion iM at the Los Angeles auto show next week.
No flight-of-fancy concept, it's a mildly modified version of the Toyota Auris five-door hatchback sold in Europe, with styling said to be influenced by the cars of the "European touring car racing circuit."
It's not a stretch to think of the Auris as a hatchback Toyota Corolla, not far different in concept from the now-defunct Matrix.
A production version of the iM concept is expected to arrive in North America some time in 2015, perhaps as early as next spring.
If so, don't expect it to share the show-spec details of the concept car, which include performance-oriented aerodynamic add-ons, a lower ride height, 19-inch forged alloy wheels withhigh- performance tire, vented front brake rotors and four-piston calipers.
Other styling tweaks on the concept include geometric grille inserts, deep air intakes and fog lights along with an “Incrediblue” paint finish that would look right at home on a Subaru WRX STi.
“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 (US) 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.”