2016 Scion iM First Look
The Japanese Hatchback from Europe Comes to the New World
The 2016 Scion iM, new to the U.S. but not to Europe, is essentially a rebadged Toyota Auris hatchback. In the Old World, two generations of the Auris have been sold in hatchback or wagon body styles with a choice of gas, diesel, and hybrid powertrains.
The 2016 iM will offer one engine, a 1.8-liter I-4 producing 137 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. If this sounds familiar, it's the same engine used in the Toyota Corolla Eco but with slightly less power. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and the stepped CVT that's also found in the Corolla and comes with Sport and Manual modes.
Inside, the hatchback features a standard six-speaker Pioneer audio system, 7-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, and a 4.2-inch TFT color display. Being a hatchback, the iM needs to be practical. It comes with a large glove box and center console storage, numerous cubbies for small items throughout the cabin, and standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats to expand the cargo area for those runs to Ikea. Additional standard features include power-folding side mirrors, dual-zone climate control, and auto on/off headlights.
As with all Scions, the 2016 iM will be sold in a single trim level that's available with an array of dealer-installed options, such as a navigation upgrade for the infotainment system and an interior lighting kit. If you'd like your iM to look and sound racier than it actually is, then you're in luck because TRD accessories such as lowering springs, anti-roll bars, and an air intake system will be offered. Pet owners will also be happy to know that Scion will make a range of accessories available for shuttling furry friends, including dog harnesses and door guards.
The 2016 Scion iM will go on sale in September, and we expect pricing below $20,000. Fuel economy is projected at an EPA-rated 27/36 mpg city/highway with the manual and 30/37 mpg with the CVT.