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Tony O'Kane | Mar, 30 2015 | 6 Comments

No, this isn't the Mazda2-based next-gen Yaris that's been rumoured, however Toyota sub-brand Scion's iA light sedan is definitely a Toyota/Mazda mashup of sorts.

Spied by industry paper Autonews and rendered by TopSpeed (above), the iA is essentially a rebadged Mazda2 sedan with a different front bumper and unique headlight jewellery. It will be built in Mazda's Mexico plant and only sold in North America.

Scheduled to make its first public appearance at the New York Auto Show this week alongside the production version of the Scion iM, the iA will give Scion - Toyota's youth-focused offshoot - its first ever entry-level B-segment sedan.

Curiously, it'll also be the only way to experience a Mazda2 sedan (pictured) in the USA, as Mazda North America currently offers the 2 in hatch form only.

Don't expect the Mazda-Toyota collaboration to end with the iA either.

The next-generation Toyota Yaris is also expected to be built on the Mazda2's SkyActiv architecture and utilise its range of ultra-frugal petrol engines, though unlike the Scion iA it will be wrapped in its own unique sheetmetal.

A timeline for the Yaris' replacement has yet to be revealed, but with the current model only having launched in 2011 and receiving its mid-life update last year, a 2017 on-sale date is the most likely scenario.

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