​The Scion iM Is The Matrix Part Deux

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I kinda miss the Toyota Matrix. It was a solid hatchback with Toyota reliability and a modicum of style. Sure, it was based on the Corolla and had the driving dynamics to match, but the XRS wasn't a bad steer and with the Focus, Golf, and Mazda3 dominating the hatch market, Toyota – er, Scion – needs to step up. Enter the iM.

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Yes, it's just a tarted up Euro-market Toyota Auris, but that's not a bad place to start. It's packing an independent rear suspension, and there's a range of drivetrains available abroad – from diesel to hybrid to all-wheel-drive – but the Scion version is all but assured to get the same ubiquitous and moribund 1.8-liter four-pot sending around 150 hp to the front wheels.

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But what it's lacking in performance prowess, the iM makes up for with concept car ornamentation, starting with a stanced suspension dropped over 19-inch split-spoke wheels and four-pot calipers, and finishing off with the sextet of fauxluminum intakes up front that appear to house individual LEDs.

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Most of that stuff is going to be ditched on the way to production, but that's what we'd expect when it lands next year for less than $20k.

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William Byrd

That's a lot of ass.