The merging of Scion and Toyota into one comes with the promise of some new designs and new names, and if some of the first peeks at the 2017 models promise no disappointment for fans of either brand.
Launching with the new 2017 models is the Corolla iM, a vehicle still featuring it’s bold, sporty look from the Scion iM in a hatchback design. Much like its former namesake, the Corolla iM is about versatility and personality, providing a hot new option for drivers who preferred the discontinued Matrix line.
The interior of the Corolla iM echoes the same stylish sentiment, with the standard version featuring front sport seats, 60/40-split rear-folding seats to configure space for cargo and passengers, a 7” touchscreen display with Bluetooth capability, steering wheel audio controls, and dual automatic air conditioning.
The sound system includes internet radio and the Aha Audio System, which allows users to organize all of their online content into a single app, creating live on-demand stations.
The most notable of the exterior changes will, of course, be the replacement of the Scion symbol with the Toyota one. However, the actual design of the car remains essentially the same. The grille, bumpers, and headlights remain unchanged, but the 2017 model will feature LED running lights and power-folding heated side mirrors.
When it comes to safety, the Corolla iM boasts several features including antilock breaks, 8 airbags (including curtain, side, a driver knee, and a seat-cushion airbags for the front passenger), stability and traction control, whiplash monitoring seats, a backup camera, and a few others.
The vehicle rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and can run from 0-60 mph in 9.1 seconds on a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine producing 137 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque. The Corolla iM channels power to the front wheels using a 6-speed manual gearbox and has an optional CVT system.
The 2017 Corolla iM will be offered in a number of exterior colours, including Spring Green Metallic, Electric Storm Blue, Black Sand Pearl, Blizzard Pearl, Barcelona Red Metallic, and Classic Silver Metallic. Base pricing will start at $22,540.