Scion Reveals new 2016 Models iA and iM


Staff member

Scion will add a sedan to its lineup for the first time at the New York auto show next week. The 2016 iA will get an MSRP of around $16,000 and a 1.5-liter four under the hood. It will be joined by another new car, the iM hatchback, which is a $20,000, five-door scooter with a six-speed manual transmission. Scion obviously knows its market.

Remember, the iA is part of a platform deal with Mazda, so this is basically the Mazda2 in Scion form. That’s not a bad thing; far from it. We drove a 2 back from Atlanta through the Polar Vortex last year, and it performed admirably. The 1.5-liter in the iA will deliver just 106 hp, but return 42 mpg on the highway. A six-speed automatic is optional.

The iA gets a MacPherson strut front suspension with a torsion beam rear. Scion says the steering and brake tuning were tipped more towards “sports sedan” and less toward “economy car.”

The iA will come standard with low-speed pre-collision warning, a 7-inch voice-activated touchscreen display, power windows, locks and mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, two USB ports, an auxiliary port and Bluetooth.

Scion says it will offer a full range of accessories for the iA, and that its Pure Process Plus feature, which allows customers to research a car through, find it at a dealership, apply for credit and secure a price, all without leaving the couch, will be expanded this year, making purchase even easier.

2016 Scion iM

Now, on to the angled iM hatch: In Scion parlance, “its bodylines are ripped.”

The iM gets a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine making 137 hp and returning 37 mpg on the highway. Scion says its Valvematic variable valve timing ensures a broad torque curve. Either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. In the iM the CVT has a sport mode and a manual mode with seven stepped shift points. Intriguingly, Scion says, the logic detects lateral g forces during cornering and limits unnecessary shifts.

The iM is based on the tC sports coupe platform, which means four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones in the rear. Seventeen-inch wheels come standard.

Inside, the iM has a six-speaker Pioneer sound system with a 7-inch display, split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth, a 4.2-inch color info display and power windows, locks and mirrors.

Optional upgrades include navigation, graphics, interior light kit, pet-friendly accessories and a line of TRD performance enhancements such as air intakes, anti-roll bars, lowering springs and more.

Scion says the 2016 iM will come in under $20,000. Both the iA and iM go on sale in September.