To admiration aloud: How continued can air-conditioned be, you know, cool?
For Scion, “cool” has a half-life of about 12 years and the youth-oriented cast from Toyota has a cogent about-face to appropriate the address aback against sales from the its aboriginal year in used car dealer in dubai. Last month, Scion acquaint a 20-percent dip in sales, discontinued two models — iQ and xD — and spelled out an end for its xB — the alone Scion to column annihilation akin sales growth.
Is it bigger to be asleep or cool? Didn’t Kurt Cobain address a song about this?
The Scion iM is 50 percent of the acknowledgment for what’s next from Scion. The new auto based on the across Toyota Auris/Corolla will hit dealers alongside the iA on September 1. The five-door bear goes head-to-head with competitors like the Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf in a articulation that analysts adumbrate will advertise added than 500,000 cars this year.
Built in Japan, the iM is a abroad accessory to the U.S. bazaar Toyota Corolla in all its splendor, and the iA will be allotment of Scion’s acceptable “pragmatic, not necessarily hip” abhorrent in the advancing months.
I can’t wait.
2016 Scion iM
Engine: 1.8-liter, absolute bang I-4 (137 application @ 6,100 rpm; 126 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm)
Transmission: 6-speed chiral (as tested); CVT automatic
EPA Rating: 27 city-limits mpg/36 artery mpg/31 accumulated mpg (Manual); 28/37/32 mpg (CVT).
Price: $18,460 + $795 destination (manual); $19,200 + $795 destination (CVT)
To be fair, I’ve never apprenticed the Auris overseas, which is accommodation with a array of engines alignment from Scion’s adopted actuality 1.8-liter gasoline-powered comminute to a 1.4-liter agent — even a 1.8-liter turbo-hybrid admixture for Japan. For the states we alone get one pick, and that’s OK because I’m a bit slow.
2016 Scion iM (21 of 21)
So is the iM. While 0-60 mph happens in about 10 abnormal in the iM (which, almost speaking, is boilerplate for a hatchback) the engine never absolutely acquainted rushed to go anywhere. There’s no huge auto in ability anywhere in its bandage — not at 4,000 rpm at abounding twist, not at the 6,100-rpm redline. Thus, it’s fair to say: Don’t anguish about the manual; it doesn’t accept audacity over the CVT anyway.
That’s apparently due to the iM’s ample heft. The five-door auto weighs 2,943 pounds with a chiral transmission, 3,031 pounds with an automatic, and that’s not including what I had for lunch. Downhill, you’re just accomplished on power. Uphill, you may wish to amend that pass, adolescent man.
2016 Scion iM (16 of 21)Instead, the iM’s action activity comes from two places: its anatomy and brakes. MacPherson’s up foreground and bifold wishbones in the aback accumulate the iM buried about corners and almost flat. The iM’s physique kit hides its acme — it’s 55 inches alpine with 5.5 inches of arena approval — but the car maintains a almost abutting handle on the road. Multiple times through the arced drive about San Mateo, the iM captivated its own and kept tidy about corners. The iM won’t be abashed with a sports car, but it does agilely jump into corners — even if it can’t dart.
The iM’s abeyance is firmer than I expected, and way added so than I’d anytime apprehend from a Toyota. It’s not too abutting for every day driving, but it is alarmingly close.
On the added side, the iM’s brakes are chiefly assured and quick to arrest the abundant hatch’s momentum. Even through the car’s accepted 17-inch wheels, you can see the big 11-inch rotors cat-and-mouse and that activity comes through the progressive, but not lazy, pedal. The brakes could angle addition 50 to 500 added application from the engine, I think.
2016 Scion iM (8 of 21)Inside, the iM is absolutely able-bodied advised for a car that costs $19,000. The autogenous birr emphasis is well-placed and bendable apparent abstracts advice accumulate absorption abroad from the doors Toyota car dealer, which are effectively dull. Aforementioned goes for the seats, which avowal adverse bond to advice visually abstracted the black-on-black motif, but it does abatement a little flat. The acceptable news: You can fit 5 humans in the bear calmly to awning up all the autogenous materials.
There’s affluence of allowance for accessory with 60/40-split folding rear seats and 20.8 cubic anxiety of amplitude in the burden breadth with the seats up.
In befitting with Scion’s action of “mono spec” pricing, there’s absolutely alone two things to accede with the iM — blush and transmission. The aforementioned Pioneer audio arrangement comes in all models (with or after aeronautics as a dealer-installed option, for which there is no committed button and abashed the hell out of a monkey like me), Bluetooth alive and council wheel-mounted controls. Can you apprehend the stereo? Because you should about-face it up. Up a little more. The iM lets in a little added alley babble than it should.
2016 Scion iM (17 of 21)
Other accepted appearance cover accepted 17-inch wheels, advancement camera and that physique kit that absolutely makes the Scion iM absolutely not a Toyota Auris. Absolutely not.
And the Scion iM’s better asset may be its better botheration as well. It’s accessible for Scion to accept a big ancestor aggregation like Toyota to draw from its all-embracing agile and advice abatement sales in the states. But a big ancestor aggregation like Toyota has all the arrangement of an automotive behemoth, accurately a massive banker arrangement that still runs things absolutely old school.
The iM is a appropriate bear in itself, but it apparently won’t save Scion. The exciting, air-conditioned new automaker doesn’t accept a lot of air-conditioned account if it comes to streamlining the affairs acquaintance — which they say can be done in beneath than an hour, so continued as you acquisition a accommodating banker with a accommodating amount in a accommodating market.