Scion Introduces New iA & iM Models

By Karen Capalaran  |  07/10/2015

BallerStatus recently took a trip to Santa Monica, California and got in the front seat of the all-new 2016 Scion iA and iM cars. Set to release sometime in September 2015, the car maker offers two new choices for entry level vehicles.

Bold, sophisticated and dynamic are three words that the new Scion iA Sports Sedan easily embody. This will be Scion's first-ever offering that they hope will change the public's perception of subcompact sedans. In development, Scion set goals for fuel efficiency, performance, enjoyability, ride comfort and connectivity.

The cockpit-like feel gives both vehicles a good balance of sporty handling, smooth ride and execution. The precise, responsive steering had us carving through curvy roads with ease.

The iA model features an MSRP of $15,700 for a 6-speed manual transmission and $16,800 for the 6-speed automatic. Listed pricing is for a mono-spec model, equipped with standard low-speed pre-collision safety system and a 7-inch multimedia system with voice recognition.

The new iM sporty hatchback was the chief engineer's vision for "Wakuwaku Dokidoki." In Japanese, the term "Waku Doki" is an expression for a heart-pumping adrenaline rush. When repeated, Waku Doki conveys a deeper expressive meaning. The development goals for the Scion iM are fuel efficiency, refined ride quality and road manners, alongside the standards of being fun to drive and having a comfortable ride experience. This bold and aggressive design for the iM is built with European-inspired handling, precise responsive steering and a high-strength, explicitly rigid body structure for tremendous handling and stability. Double wishbone rear suspension also helps provide a superior ride and distinct handling characteristics. Moreover, front and rear stabilizer bars are used for exceptionally compliant and reliable handling.

Considering the iM is packed with amazing standard features, body design and sporty, dynamic performance, you're essentially getting more for less.

With an MSRP of $18,460 for the manual transmission and $19,200 for the CVTi- S model, the iM comes in mono-spec form with premium features, a competitive option in the compact segment.