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.
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.
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.