Contrary to what many were predicting, Scion has decided to expand its product lineup in Canada and will market its vehicles through more Toyota dealerships to make the marque more widely available in Canada.
New to the brand will be the 2016 iM hatchback, which is in effect a car many Canadian auto-scribes have yearned over for years – the Corolla hatchback.
The iM puts forth a distinctive face with little resemblance to other members of the Scion family, and more to that of other products in the Toyota family with the Corolla, not surprisingly, being the closest.
Befitting the Scion marque, the iM’s presentation is sporty and contemporary, with a dynamic profile, glossy piano black lower grille openings and aero body kit. It comes with LED daytime running lights and a palette of vibrant reds, blues and greens, as well as the elegant whites, blacks and greys.
Power comes from the Corolla’s 1.8 four-cylinder engine with Valvematic variable valve timing, which here supplies 137 hp (Corolla makes 140) and a broad torque curve. Power is delivered to the front wheels by a standard six-speed manual with hill-start assist or an optional CVT with both Sport mode and sequential shift capabilities. Economy ratings are expected to be in the 8.5 L/100km range in the city and 6.4 on the highway (depending on the transmission choice).
The iM rides on 17-inch wheels positioned at the rear by a double wishbone suspension that helps open up the interior luggage space and keep the floor at a manageable level. The rear seats fold flat forward in a 60/40 split.
Notable interior appointments include a leather wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, Pioneer audio system and rearview camera.
Prices have yet to be set in Canada but will likely be in the $19,000 to $20,000 range, based on the set US MSRP or $18,460 for the manual and $19,200 for the CVT. The car is expected in showrooms at the beginning of September.