Toyota Scion IM Concept will go on sale in the near future

Toyota IM is Concept is a preview version of a versatile five-door compact hatchback that will arrive in dealerships in 2015 with an attractive price tag starting under $20,000

2/4/15 4:00 am chumakdenis 1

I'm pretty  sure that everyone is familiar with the fact that Toyota is not cutting edge anymore(especially in the US market) and we were not sure if the car will be produced or not.

Luckily to us, the all-electric vehicle with sporty handling and a racing inspiration will be produced.So, let's not wait and talk about her more.

The concept previews the American version of the Toyota Auris which should be added to the U.S. lineup in the near future

Exterior

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Toyota claimed the iM Concept’s sporty looks were inspired by "those seen on the European touring car racing circuit," and that’s exactly what this hatchback looks like. It’s hard to picture a vehicle such as the Auris on a high-speed track, but Scion’s experiment with the compact is brilliant as far as styling goes. The wide-body kit and the lowered ride height leaves the iM Concept screaming for a set of racing decals, a rear wing and a place in the World Touring Car Championship. 

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This vehicle has low ride height, front and rear bumper overhangs, fog lights and deep air intakes. It also features an adjustable-height racing suspension, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, and a braking system that incorporates vented rotors and 4-piston front calipers.

To get to the result seen in the photo above, Scion took the Auris and equipped it with brand-new front bumper with a massive intake and deep side vents with fog lamps, a creased hood, and wide fenders. Around back, the beefy bumper received a unique grille layout, a diffuser-like piece with an integrated central exhaust and roof spoiler. The narrow side mirrors are also inspired from the world of motorsport. A set of 19-inch, forged alloy wheels wrapped in performance tires replace the regular rollers available with the Auris and complement the "Incrediblue" paint job.

Interior

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Sportier seats and a host of unique features come to mind, including "Incrediblue" detailing, bespoke door sills, and contrast stitching to add some color to what appears to be a black cockpit.

A couple of new tech features are also likely.

Drivetrain

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Toyota IM concept will feature a more powerful engine and upgraded braking system

No word on the drivetrain for iM Concept, but the car is likely to feature a more powerful engine, given its performance tires and upgraded braking system. The Auris is available with a host of gasoline and diesel engines worldwide, including a hybrid drivetrain, with the most powerful unit being a 1.8-liter four-banger rated at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. It’s likely we’ll see an updated version of the 1.8-liter engine that delivers at least 180 ponies to the iM Concept’s wheels through a six-speed manual. It would be awesomely cool for Scion to use the FR-S’ 2.0-liter boxer and its 200 horses in the sporty vehicle, but that’s a highly unlikely scenario.

What we do know for a fact is that the iM Concept comes with better grip, thanks to its performance tires, and improved stopping power thanks to its vented front rotors and four-piston calipers. A racing suspension with adjustable height makes this concept the most track-prepped Auris ever built by Toyota.

Competitors

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The new Mini Cooper 5 Door might end up being the closest competition the Scion iM has in terms of both form and performance. It’s one of the few five-door hatches on sale right now in North America, and is available in both Cooper and Cooper S options.

The same 1.5-liter three-cylinder found in the two-door Cooper powers the Cooper 5 Door and produces 136 horsepower. Tick the box that says “Cooper S,” and you’ll get a more potent 2.0-liter, turbo engine with 192 horsepower. Mini also boasts a range of customizations that no other carmaker can match, but its starting price of around $21,000 means that pricing can get out of control quickly.

Price

An exact price has yet to be announced and iM Concept remains only a concept until further notice, although Scion has stated that it should be less than US$20,000.Well, let's hope that it'll be this way.

*The production version of the hybrid vehicle will be unveiled in April at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, at which time more specs will be provided

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