Scion will debut two new cars at the 2015 New York Motor Show – the iM compact hatchback and iA subcompact supermini saloon.
The new iM is the big draw, following the well-received iM Concept at the 2014 LA Motor Show. It’s the US-market version of the European Toyota Auris, and will likely share its petrol engine range, including the clever petrol-electric hybrid system.
Toyota has yet to confirm where the Scion iM will be built, though: the Auris is currently produced at two plants, Burnaston in Derby, UK and Aichi in Japan.
Securing iM production would be a real coup for Burnaston.
Scion has also confirmed the new iA sedan will debut at NYIAS 2015. This is the first product from Toyota’s partnership with Mazda: instead of designing a bespoke new Yaris-derived saloon, the new supermini four-door will draw from the clever Mazda2, which Motoring Research drove here in the UK recently.
The iA will be the first time we’ve seen a four-door version of the new Mazda2.
“We’ve been eagerly waiting for this moment,” said Scion group vice president Doug Murtha.
“Both the iM and the iA… will appeal to young people with different perspectives and needs. These cars represent the evolution of Scion and are kicking off a new wave of momentum for the brand.”