All-New 2016 Scion iM is a Hot, Low Cost Hatch
Want all the styling of a European style hatchback without the price tag? Scion has an iM for you.
Under the Hood
The all-new 2016 Scion iM starts at just $18,460 for the manual transmission and $19,200 for the CVTi-S model and features a 1.8-liter DOHC Valvematic engine under the hood. The 2016 Scion iM offers a sweet spot of performance and efficiency, and is rated by the EPA an estimated 28 city/37 hwy/32 combined for the CVTi-S model and 27 city/36 hwy/31 combined for the six-speed manual.
The iM comes with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, a hexagon lower grille, sharp-eyed headlights and side bezels with honeycomb mesh pattern reminiscent of the FRS. The looks is familiar and easily identifiable as part of the brand’s fleet.
Exterior paint options include Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Barcelona Red Metallic, Spring Green Metallic and Electric Storm Blue.
Scion boasts that, “High quality materials abound throughout the Scion iM cabin, where the layered dashboard design combines sports car-inspired instrument panel styling with easy to reach, easy-to-use controls.” The brand also notes a roomy glove box and console box, numerous front door pockets and storage bins throughout as key features.
The second row is a 60/40 fold-down seat and behind it buyers will find a standard cargo cover.
A 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display within the instrument cluster displays M mode activity, including the “gear” position, and other vehicle information.
The iM naturally comes with a 6-speaker Pioneer sound system that is controlled through a 7-inch Pioneer Display Audio unit that also includes standard HD Radio and Aha. That screen also provides the view for the standard rear backup camera.
Fingertip switches for audio, multi-info display and hands-free phone calls via Bluetooth are on the iM’s standard leather wrapped steering wheel. The 4.2-inch color TFT multi-information display (Scion’s first) between the main instrument gauges provides displays for the car’s audio system and other functions.
The Scion iM keeps the value surprises coming. All cars in this segment come with air conditioning; the Scion iM steps up a class with dual-zone automatic A/C control. And on cold mornings, the color-keyed heated power-folding exterior mirrors (yes, standard power-folding mirrors) clear up fog or frost in a hurry. Auto on/off headlamps are another convenience inherited from a higher segment.
Like all Scion models, the 2016 iM is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. It also comes with Scion Service Boost, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of 24-hour roadside assistance.
The Scion iM is expected to be in showrooms in September.