Calgary, AB — The Scion advisers on-hand at the barrage of the 2016 iM bunched in Cowtown were abiding to acknowledgment the exceptional appearance the agent offered. In the abutting breath, however, they talked about the young, tech-savvy types they were targeting. Agitation is, young, tech-savvy types don’t buy that abounding cars, and back they do, well, the assorted MINI models accept a able authority on the segment.The iM, however, represents a bit of a archetype about-face over at Scion. Gone is the xB in all its somewhat cool, somewhat odd boxiness; gone is the three-and-a-half seater iQ supermini, and actuality comes the iM: a modern-looking, yet somewhat added acceptable booty on bunched motoring.
Size mattersAt 4,330 millimetres long, 1,760mm advanced and with a 2,600mm wheelbase, the iM is entering a articulation that Scion hasn’t absolutely inhabited before, but one that is abreast for the brand’s image. Bunched hatchbacks like the Mazda3 (a capital competitor) or Hyundai Elantra GT are all the acerbity in Canada, as they accommodate a adventurous angel after hitting owners’ gas budgets too hard.
Of advance with the Matrix, ancestor aggregation Toyota was actuality before. Scion sees the iM tickling the affairs cartilage of those who were absorbed in the now-departed model. While it may not attending it, the iM is alone hardly abate central than the Matrizx (by about 74 litres), which is a acceptable start. It doesn’t stop there, though.
Following Mazda’s advance with the latest gen of the 3, Scion focused heavily on the iM’s interior.
A allegory covering band that bisects the birr in advanced of the passenger, leather-wrapped caster and about-face knob, vents that attending like Mercedes items (but absolutely assignment better), a appealing neat-o centre assemblage abounding with toggle switches, a 7” infotainment display, and piano-black accomplishment accomplish for a comfortable interior. While a lot is handled by the blow screen, you still get a bulge for your aggregate and acceptable buttons for your source, browse and buzz controls. A 4.2” in-gauge TFT affectation for your cruise computer, meanwhile, is a Scion first.
In able Scion tradition, the iM is a “mono-spec” car, acceptation there are no trim packages, per se; the alone absolute advantage is the $825 continuously capricious automated transmission. Everything abroad — from aeronautics systems to blurred kits — avalanche into the dealer-based “accessory” category. So, that agency the 17” two-tone auto are standard, as is the infotainment screen, as are power-folding mirrors, dual-zone auto altitude control, and the anatomy kit. No acrimonious seats at this juncture, though.
Ahh, the anatomy kit: It provides an advancing advanced splitter, molded ancillary sills and extruding rear bumper. In contour and from the rear three-quarter perspective, it looks all right, alike rather good. Agitation is, from the advanced three-quarter perspective, the auto don’t ample the wheel-wells enough, and the advanced splitter looks to be aggravating too hard. Nothing amiss with the Civic Si-like advanced grille and headlights, though, which are alternate by absurd LED DRLs; in fact, it looks bigger actuality than it does over at Honda.
iM activity for a ridePower from the 1.8L 4-cylinder is rated at 137 application and 126 lb-ft of torque, bottomward on both the Elantra GT and Mazda3. Of course, actuality aimed at city-dwellers, big application counts may not be at the top of buyer’s lists; that spot’s acceptable aloof for ammunition economy, comfort, or acceptable sightlines. The iM has all these, so that’s good.
The agitation is, you feel the ability absence on the highway, and abnormally back application the CVT (some colleagues acquainted the CVT was better, but best agreed that either way they would accept admired some added accelerative force). The CVT can additionally be set to a manumatic mode, with “steps” congenital into the mapping so you absolutely feel like you’re switching gears, alike admitting you’re not. You’ll accept to do it via the about-face lever, though: no paddles here.
At one point during our test, a canyon of an RV that I anticipation would booty bristles abnormal concluded up demography added like 10; which, causeless to say, is a little nerve-wracking. You accept to plan your casual manoeuvres, that’s for sure.
However, the blow of the dynamics amalgamation is good. Turn-in is crisp, and the Scion iM stays collapsed through the corners. It’s fantastic, and bigger still, the ride is hardly compromised with the well-tuned abeyance (MacPherson struts up front, multi-link at the rear) burning bumps and befitting anatomy movement in-check, all at the aforementioned time.
What does comedy into the pseudo-luxury vibe, however, is the babble reduction. Unless you’re absolutely hoofing it, the car runs awfully quiet, which is nice. The 3, for example, is absolutely loud by comparison. The low babble levels additionally let you adore the six-speaker Pioneer audio system, which provides absurd complete affection that I apperceive I wasn’t assured from a bunched bear like this.
Yes and noThe 2016 Scion iM is an absorbing study, in that it’s a new blazon of car from a cast you aloof affected consistently had an access in the segment, but absolutely hadn’t. So, this is new area for the brand, admitting it can draw on acquaint abstruse from both the Matrix and Lexus CT.
They’ve got the roominess bottomward right, that’s for sure, and the autogenous accoutrements are top-notch. However, I can’t advice but anticipate a little added ability may clothing it well. Of course, the car works able-bodied in-town, which is apparently area it’s activity to do best of its work. The adventitious to accomplish use of that ample autogenous on best alley trips would be all that added adorable with aloof a little added power, though.
The 2016 Scion iM arrives in dealerships September 1st, starting at $21,165 MSRP.