Scion has unveiled its first sedan, the Scion iA, at the 2015 New York International Auto Show debut. Except the Scion-ish front fascia, the subcompact sedan looks almost like the car it is based on – Mazda2 Sedan. While the upper grille, headlamps, air dam grille and the front bumper have been redesigned to make the car look look that it is originally a Scion, the front is not exactly appealing overall. The angular curves combined with the air dam grille design makes the front look like a catfish! But nevertheless, the overall design and styling of the body are still like the body is still like the sleek Mazda2 Sedan and thus, quite appealing given that the car will fall in the US$16,000 (est.) range.
The new subcompact sedan is powered by a Mazda-sourced 106-hp 1.5-liter petrol engine which can be paired to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The manufacturer-estimated fuel economy ratings of 33 mpg city, 42 mpg highway and 37 mpg combined MPG. Noteworthy features of the car include 16-inch alloy wheels, Low-speed Pre-Collision system, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system connected with 6-speakers and featuring navigation, Pandora, Aha and Stitcher.
The Scion iA will reach showrooms this fall in the U.S. The car will be built by Mazda at its Mexican plant.