Scion iM Concept Brings Toyota Auris Stateside
Scion has teased its newest offering for the US market in concept form ahead of the LA Auto Show. If you’re at all familiar with Toyota’s global portfolio, you’ll recognize that shape immediately as a Toyota Auris hatchback.Though that’s not to say we aren’t jazzed up by Scion’s new power play in the five-door market. We are. The Scion iM hatchback adopts sporty looks and some noticeable body mods over its Auris cousin, inspired by the lines and features seen on today’s aggressive European touring cars. At the front, the iM tacks on a sizable grille, deep air intakes, front splitter, and fog lights. The race-minded enhancements follow the car around the back and include flared wheel arches, stretched side skirts, and stylish rear bumper treatments. RELATED: This Scion iQ Concept has to be one of the wildest city-cars in the world
Underneath, Scion says it has lowered the iM’s ride height and fitted the concept with adjustable-height racing suspension, four-piston brake calipers, vented front rotors, and 19-inch alloy wheels with sticky performance rubber. Scion has made no mention yet on what will be powering it, but the Corolla’s 1.8-liter four cylinder isn’t a bad guess.
While it might not show up a Focus ST, it’ll undoubtedly be cheaper, which is to say that more young people could actually afford one. Check it out when it debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 19.
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