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Scion Introduces the 2016 iA and iM

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This fall will see Scion expand its line-up with its first-ever sedan, the sporty 2016 Scion iA, along with the iM 5-door hatchback, both of which were previewed here. The compact design of the iA sedan is fronted with a familiar hexagon lower grille and sharp-eyed headlights, while piano-black bumper treatments and chrome detailing on the grille surround and tailpipe provide added style to the distinctive look. Under the hood is a 1.5-liter engine generating 106 hp, with a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions. Mileage is rated at an impressive 42 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg in the city. Inside the cabin is a standard 7-in. Display Audio system with touch screen, 6 speakers, remote interface and a rear-view camera, plus Voice Recognition for various multi-media system features. The vehicle arrives in Scion dealerships this fall with an MSRP of $16,000 for the mono-spec model.

The 2016 Scion iM hatchback has muscular lines complemented with piano black grille treatment, standard sporty body aero kit, LED daytime running lights and side bezels with a honeycomb mesh pattern of the sort seen on Scion’s FR-S sports car. The 137-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, using Valvematic continuously variable valve timing technology, is mated to a standard 6-speed stick shift with Hill Start Assist, which prevents roll-back on an incline.

The optional automatic is an intelligent Continuously Variable Transmission, sport-tuned for responsive driving. Performance combines with efficiency for a 37-mpg highway fuel economy rating. The interior boasts a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 4.2-inch color TFT multi-information display providing displays for the audio system and other functions, and a 6-speaker Pioneer sound system. Buyers can expect an MSRP of under $20,000 for a fully equipped mono-spec model when the car launches this fall.

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