The Scion iM Concept Is A Sporty Hatchback For You, Young Person

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Scion says the iM was inspired by European touring cars that have an adjustable suspension and 19-inch forged alloys with sticky tires hiding vented rotors with 4-piston calipers. Oh, and Toyota's totally boring 1.8 four banger from the Corolla.

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You might think this should make it as a hot hatch once it reaches production, but Scion is more likely to sell it as a slightly tuned Toyota Auris from overseas. It certainly won't be the American Type-R Civic.

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If you happen to be a young person at the LA Auto show, share your thoughts with Scion on their statement about the iM Concept:

The tastes of today's younger buyers have evolved. They want a car that provides excitement and individuality, as well as the comfort, technology and reliability. The iM Concept combines sleek styling with the versatility of a modern hatchback to catch the eye of Scion customers. Stay tuned for more on how we will bring this vision to the road.

We will stay tuned, and expect the same from the iM.

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turbolence1988
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Dear Scion/Toyota:

Speaking as your target demographic for this car (26, male, graduated, employed), and speaking as a person who, even if all of Jalopnik's commentariat called your VP of North American operations and forced our opinions down his throat, still wouldn't get heard, allow me to tell you what would actually make me consider this car alongside, say, a Mazda 3, a Subaru Impreza, Ford Focus, Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen, or any other hatchback/wagon in the segment.

- Three pedals. Period.
- Out-the-door under 20k.
- A steering column that feels like it's connected to something.
- An engine that doesn't wheeze out over 4,000 RPM.
- A suspension that exhibits minimal body roll with good damping.
- Brakes that don't feel like an on-off switch. Looking at you, Yaris.
- Manual goddamn locks and handles for opening the hatch. Again looking at you, Yaris, with dead battery and luggage stuck in the trunk.
- Fold-flat rear seats.

I have no problem with you building more Corollas and Camrys, because I'll never buy one. But if you want my business beyond a pre-owned FR-S or 4Runner in a few years' time, you gotta compete rather than sit near the back of the pack. Step it up.

Sincerely,
- Turbolence88