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2016 Scion iM Is Ready To Fire Up The Fun Hatch Segment

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With an estimated MSRP starting of under $20,000, the new 2016 Scion iM is the answer for young buyers looking for a sporty hatchback, but still needing to pay for things like rent, school loans and weekend fun. Its bodylines are ripped. The cabin is roomy, refined, versatile and high-tech-equipped.

The 1.8-liter DOHC Valvematic engine is eager to rev and very easy on gas. The chassis, with sophisticated double-wishbone rear suspension and standard 17-inch alloy wheels, is ready to smooth out urban bumps and tame adventurous curves. And for more hands-on driving fun, a six-speed stick shift is also available.

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The Scion iM shows a familiar face, with a hexagon lower grille, sharp-eyed headlights and side bezels with honeycomb mesh pattern seen also on the brand’s FR-S sports car. That aerodynamic expression carries into the profile, which conveys dynamic movement from the lower front to the rear. It’s like a “swoosh line” rendered in steel.

Detailing on the Scion iM belies the affordable pricing. The piano black grille treatment, standard sporty body aero kit, LED daytime running lights and taillights leave an unmistakable signature. Also true to the Scion way, the color selection gives the design tremendous visual pop: Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Barcelona Red Metallic, Spring Green Metallic and Electric Storm Blue.

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Other iM highlights include:

  • 1.8L engine with 137 horsepower
  • 6-speed manual transmission standard; optional CVTi-S automatic with 7-step shifting
  • Manufacturer-estimated 37 MPG highway
  • Rear-view backup camera
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Piano black grille treatment
  • LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps
  • 7-inch display audio
  • 4.2-inch color TFT multi-information display

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The Scion iM promises instant gratification for driving enthusiasts, thanks to a high-strength body structure and a sophisticated four-wheel independent suspension. Based on the tC sports coupe platform, the 2016 Scion iM checks those boxes by using ample high-strength steel and special reinforcements in the structure. And it goes further, making the rear suspension the double-wishbone type. Add in standard 17-inch alloy wheels with fat 225/45R17 tires, and the Scion iM delivers a tight, taut road feel and a compliant ride quality.

We can’t think of many cars that offer so much for so little, and we’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel of one in the coming months. So stay tuned!

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."