Scion iM hints at future hatchback

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Scion, the youth-oriented division of Toyota, plans to add a new 5-door hatchback to its lineup in 2015 based on the iM show car revealed last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Because it’s a show car, the iM concept includes a few design elements that likely won’t make it into production, like the aggressive bumpers, low stance and large 19-inch wheels.

Scion executives say the production version will carry over the concept’s 5-door practicality and a sticker price that starts below $20,000.

“The tastes of today’s younger buyers have evolved,” Scion vice president Doug Murtha said. “They want a car that provides excitement and individuality, as well as the comfort, technology and reliability that Scion offers.”

Don’t expect anything too aggressive under the hood, either. The engine is expected to be a reasonable four-cylinder sourced from another Toyota.

Scion plans to show off the production version of the car in New York in April. It is expected to arrive in dealerships a few months later.

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